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Small Business Owners & Employees Tolerate a Lot! Stop It!

Sometimes the simplest things are the best, aren’t they?

One of the things I enjoy most is to sit in my screened-in front porch and watch the local birds fly in and land on the rim of our bird bath on our front lawn.

Sometimes they jump in and flap their wings to clean up and fly away, sometimes they jump in and out like a little kid, and sometimes they just hang out on the rim for awhile.

One of the simplest things in coaching that is absolutely the best is a thing called the “tolerations” exercise.

It was created, I believe, by the founder of modern coaching Thomas Leonard back in the early 1990s.

Recently, conversations I’ve had with some clients and also prospective clients have led me back to that exercise.

And, something I noticed in my own behavior.

My wife and I have an old SUV. It’s 12 years old and we’re hanging on to it ‘til we can order a Tesla. It may be a while.

For about six months the clip on the driver side seatbelt was constantly falling all the way down to the floor behind the seat.

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Me, I just tolerated it and didn’t even think about trying to figure out the problem to try to fix it.

One day my wife comes home and says, “the SUV’s seat belt is fixed.”

I said, “really, I didn’t know it was broken.

She then pulled out her IPhone and showed me the before and after pictures, here.
I guess there is a little button on the strap that keeps the clip from sliding all the way down.SeatBeltButton2

Who knew?

It wasn’t costing us any money or time so it wasn’t important to me.

I probably would have tolerated it forever.

But, I am curious as to why business owners continue to tolerate workplace attitudes, behaviors, and performance that do cost real dollars and cents.

Some of the things people have been tolerating I’ve been asked about helping with recently, include:

  • Employee conflict/arguments in the workplace
  • Passive-aggressive behavior
  • Poor communication that causes duplicate work or rework
  • Lack of accountability
  • Lack of punctuality
  • Sitting through boring, worthless meetings
  • Elephants/Gorillas in the room no one is acknowledging or addressing

What things are being tolerated in your workplace?

Leave a comment below and let’s start cleaning up our tolerations!

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 8 – The 3 Stories Small Business Leaders Must Communicate to Inspire & Motivate

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Episode 8:
The 3 Stories Small Business Leaders Must Communicate to Inspire & Motivate by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s lataest content-only podcast episodes that provides a framework for small business leaders to develop the three most powerful stories they must consistently tell to create a highly motivated workforce.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • The 3 different stories that make up the essence, future and purpose of your small business others, including employees, customers, and prospective customers, need to know, .
  • How other small business leaders have created these types of stories for their company.
  • How you can easily create each of these three stories for your company.

Podcast Recording MP3:
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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 7 – Leslie Ehm

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Episode 7: Leslie Ehm
Founder &
Chief Firestarter

Combustion –
Toronto, Canada

 

 

 


 Combustion is a Toronto based company that “is a kick-ass, creativity fueled training company that transforms people so that they can transform their organizations.” The work that Leslie and her small team do is of championship caliber and it’s work creates championship performance in their clients.
Our conversation centers around the power of storytelling and how you can use storytelling to communicate to motivate your workforce and use storytelling to build your brand and attract customers.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • The difference between creativity and innovation and why that distinction matters, and how to use it.
  • The power of applying imagination to storytelling to paint a picture of possibilities.
  • The research behind storytelling that makes storytelling work in the workplace and business.
  • How to use storytelling in any business to connect to the heart and head of prospective customers, present customers and in the recruitment of attracting the best employees.
  • Use storytelling to improve employee performance.

Leslie Ehm Interview:
Interview Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Resources:
To learn more Combustion and experience a powerful website with tons of creative resources to build your brand and business, click the logo below to go to

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The Problem With Leading Change Initiatives in Large & Small Business

“Just so you know, Skip, my people don’t like change.”

I frequently hear that from small business owners.

I try to act like it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

A few weeks from now I’ll be delivering my first ever keynote address to about 200 business leaders on the topic of “change.”

While creating the keynote I realized a couple of things that can help you lead your next change initiative.

First, why we human beings resist the only thing in life that we can truly count on, change. Change is constant and yet we still resist it.

I realized the reason is that most change is not on our own initiative, it is either imposed on us by someone else, or imposed by natural causes.

For those two types of change, we have no control over the change so it is typically,

  • Unexpected,
  • Unwanted, and
  • Uncertain

That’s a recipe for resistance.

And, second, I realized the #1 problem with leaders trying to implement change in their organizations is that they resist the resistance.

How crazy is that?

If we know there is going to be resistance, resisting the resistance is not a healthy way to address it. As a matter of fact, resisting the resistance embeds the resistance and builds resentment.

Here’s my thought process:

  • Most people don’t like change, so
  • There is going to be resistance, but
  • Despite that leaders resist the resistance (and ignore the fact they will be faced with it), so
  • They try to force it through, and
  • Face more resistance that builds resentments, so
  • The only sane way to implement change is to…

Embrace the resistance!

Embracing the resistance that the change initiative is sure to be met with allows the leader to expect the resistance and accept the resistance.

And expecting, accepting, and embracing the resistance allows the leader to speak from the perspective of those charged with buying into, committing to, and contributing to the change.

It just seems to make sense and fits with Stephen Covey’s 5th Habit of Highly Effective People, “seeking first to understand, then to be understood.”

What do you think?

Leave a comment below and let’s explore this together.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 6 – Ryan Parsons

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Episode 6:
Ryan Parsons

Business Owner

Championship Business Owner:
The Brothers That Just Do Gutters – Poughkeepsie, NY

The company was started 18-years ago by Ryan’s brother, Ken. After years of struggling to figure out their business and making it through the 2008-09 recession, they have come out on the other side and have started franchising. They’ve developed championship caliber success by creating a culture of expectation to accountability, professional and personal development, and transparency throughout their company, and its franchisees.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How Ryan and his brother Ken survived through the 2008-09 recession to come out strong the other side.
  • How a business coach helped them become successful after years of spinning their wheels.
  • How transparency with sharing the company financials has made them more profitable and created a winning culture.
  • Why systems are vital business success.

Ryan Parsons Interview:
Interview Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Resources:
To learn more about Ryan, Ken, and The Brothers That Just Do Gutters, click the logo below to go to
www.BrothersGutters.com

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