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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 9 – Your Small Business’ “Epic Story” & Why It Matters With Steve Donahue

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Episode 9:
Your Small Business’ “Epic Story” and Why It Matters With Steve Donahue

Inspirational and motivational speaker, and epic storyteller Steve Donahue explores storytelling in a way that will help you craft your company’s “epic story.”

Listen and learn:

  • Your brain’s “narrative focus,” what it is, why it matters, and how you can use it.
  • The currency and value of your company’s stories and “epic” story.
  • The specific components that make up all “epic” stories, from Hollywood to your family history.
  • The difference between “epic” stories and regular stories, and why it matters.
  • How “epic stories” transform companies.

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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.

SeatBeltButton1It was driving my wife crazy.

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.

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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:
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Resources:
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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.

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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:
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Resources:
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Workplace Communication & Trust: The Equivalent to the Chicken & Egg Conundrum

I may owe a former client an apology. But, then again, maybe not.

I’ll let you decide.

Five years ago at the end of seminar I delivered on The 3 Strategies to Create a Championship Company an attendee, Garry, came up to me to ask me a few questions about a situation in his company.

We had a brief exchange during the 90-minute seminar and I had a general idea of the challenges he was facing but not the full extent.

After listening for a minute or two I told him, “it sounds as if you have a communication problem.”

In this case study interview video he admits that he didn’t believe me at the time.

But, he hired me anyway.

We worked together for four-six month stretches over a 18-month period after which his work environment and relationships with his employees were transformed.

At the end Garry admitted I was right, that his workplace issues were caused by poor communication.

Lately, though, through other similar client work I’ve come to believe I may have been wrong in diagnosing Garry’s underlying problem.

If we look at how things transformed and what the real difference was that made the difference after our work together, the real issue was “trust,” between Garry and key members of his staff.

I find that time and again.

So, I’m beginning to think that I was technically wrong in my original assessment.

But, not really. Because it was the poor communication that led to the low trust.

But, the argument could also be made that low trust caused the communication between Garry and his employees to be such that less than optimal.Trust & Communication is the Chicken & Egg of Championship Performance Cultures in Small Business

If there is a low trust between two individuals it will impact the communication between them.

People will surely communicate differently in low-trust vs. high-trust environments.

My question to you is, what comes first low-trust or ineffective communication?

Does the low-trust cause ineffective communication, or does ineffective communication cause low-trust?

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 5 – Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business

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Episode 5:
Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How the Chicago Cubs’ were transformed to a World Series Champion in just five years.
  • How the sports teams application of the 3 Strategies of  Championship Organizations relates to small business success.
  • Why it is easier for small businesses to create championship performance than a sports team.

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 4 – Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business

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Episode 4:
Understanding & Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • The 5 types of YCC podcasts you can expect.
  • 3 causes of an “entitlement mentality” in every small business workplace.
  • The types of “entitlement mentalities” each workplace generation offers.
  • The 3 problems with how small business owners engage the different generations in their workplaces.
  • The 2 conversations small business owners need to engage in to maximize performance from a multi-generation workforce.

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To Create a Championship Culture in Your Small Business Model a Real Champion

Championship performance in small business & on the athletic field follows the same strategiesFor a model to build a championship small business company culture look no further than the Chicago Cubs.

Between 2011 through 2014, the Cubs lost more than 60% of their games.

In 2015 and 2016 the Cubs won more than 60% of their games; winning the franchise’s first World Series Championship in 108 years.

The championship ended the longest non-championship streak in the history of professional sports in North America, and maybe the entire world.

You can take the exact path to championship performance.

The Cubs’ transformation started with the design of the company culture.

Theo Epstein, who became the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history in 2002 when we took over the Boston Red Sox at the age of 28, orchestrated the Cubs’ organizational transformation.

Epstein led the Red Sox’ to end their championship drought after a measly 86 years when they won the 2004 World Series.

In both instances Epstein created championship performance on the baseball diamond by first designing a championship culture.

Upon being hired by the Cubs he created a culture manifesto called “The Cubs Way.”

It defined the culture, focusing on three objectives:

  • Winning the World Series
  • Being a “good neighbor”
  • Preserving Wrigley Field (their historic, aging, cathedral of a stadium)1

To achieve those objectives he first put in place criteria for recruiting personnel based on personal character.

One of the key character traits that required a deep assessment was resiliency and response to adversity.

Those are important because the best baseball players fail 70% of the time, and for sales personnel the rejection rate is even worse.

Secondly Epstein established a system around specific performance accountabilities that was the same for the athletes and the administrative staff.

All of those components, plus a commitment to a highly transparent approach to communication2 led to a high-trust culture allowing for a very positive and resilient culture.

The Results: Almost 5 years to the day Epstein was hired, the Cubs won their first championship in 108 years.

It took three years for the culture change to begin paying dividends.

Today, the Cubs are recognized as the best team in baseball and favored to win again.

The lesson here for every small business owner is:

  1. to start with character in building your team and
  2. build the team with clear performance goals, accountability to them, and
  3. provide consistent feedback for coaching and development.

In 2007 I created my own manifesto to help small business owners create championship performance in companies.

It’s called The 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations and creates the foundation Your Small Business Championship Game Plan. If you’d like a free copy, click here.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Footnotes:

1 http://www.4sighthealth.com/the-cubs-way-lessons-in-leadership-cultural-change-and-performance-improvement/

2 http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/03/15/cubs-theo-epstein-transparent-culture-is-best-way-to-build-an-organization/

 


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