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Lead Your Team with Productive Flourishing
While many people aspire to be leaders, they often don’t realize just how much work is involved; the fact is that leaders have the unenviable task of getting results through other people’s work while also needing to get their own work done. The pressure and expectations of doing more with less have made it equally hard to be effective as leaders and as individual performers, but leaders are still tasked with the same two essential responsibilities: get results for the current goals, and prepare their teams to be able to accomplish bigger goals in the future.
My work with leaders and organizations focuses on building adaptable, inspired, and high-performance teams. I do this by focusing on three things:
- Eliminating info silos and people bottlenecks that prevent teams from taking the initiative and driving forward
- Putting some strategy-execution meat in the “air sandwich” that happens between the goals, vision, and values set at the top and the individual players at the bottom
- Creating team workflows, structures, routines, and cultures that enhance accountability and set the stage for people to succeed
You perhaps noticed that my work focuses on making the structures work for people rather than against them. Think about it this way: very few people wake up in the morning intending not to meet their goals, to disappoint their bosses and teammates, and to fall behind. People inherently want to win with others — we’re genetically and socially hard-wired for it. So if people aren’t winning with others, something besides the people is at play.
I’ve been in leadership positions for going on three decades — I started early — and have consulted with and built high-performance teams in a variety of settings. I spent nearly a decade as an Army logistics officer, working in Joint Force operations. I worked in administrative positions in academia as I was earning my PhD in Philosophy. I’ve worked with clients and organizations from every continent (except Antarctica), in just about every industry. The contexts change, but the basic principles and challenges don’t.
- How to Build the Delegation Habit
- Mind the Gaps: The Five Foundations of Team Performance
- 7 Ways to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team
- Time Management: It’s Not Rocket Science
- How to Lead Through Disruption
- See More on Leadership
Products from Productive Flourishing
Start Finishing Your Projects
Start Finishing Your Projects is a course where you will learn the tools you need to finish the projects that matter to you. If you’re ready to stop thinking about ideas and start finishing them, this is the course for you.
The Small Business Life Cycle
This best-selling book is like What to Expect When You're Expecting for founders and small business owners. It outlines the five stages of business and will show you where to focus your resources so you can grow your business strategically. Many people finish it in an afternoon and return to it to stay on track. Available in print and digital formats.
The Guided Business Review
The Guided Business Review helps you assess what’s working in your business and what’s not. No MBA necessary — just an open mind and an hour of your time. Includes your printable AND fillable PDF workbook, audio program, worksheet, and email prompts to keep you on track.
Services by Productive Flourishing
During Focus Sessions, we focus on specific topics or issues like product development, pricing, team building, hiring, and strategic planning. I do not sell one-off sessions for new clients because they do not serve you well and I don’t enjoy doing them.
The Momentum Intensive program is for you if you’re ready to dig in and get some serious momentum in your business. I’ll work one-on-one with you for six months on your highest-value opportunities and high-priority challenges. We break through plateaus, solve long-term problems, and typically set the stage to 3x your business. (Why not 10x? Because that type of growth is a good sell but not sustainable for most people.)
See What Other Leaders Think About Productive Flourishing
"At our 'Think Better, Live Better' conference, Charlie delivered a captivating, energetic talk on what it takes to get from where you are to where you want to be in both life and business. He provided crystal clear, actionable strategies for planning, starting, and successfully systematizing large-scale, goal-oriented projects, so you can overcome obstacles and get maximum results in the most efficient way possible. His relatable examples, his noteworthy slide deck and charts, and his delivery were all equally outstanding. But the most impressive element in our minds – the element that we overheard dozens of our conference attendees reference afterwards – was his unique “Simple Flow” and “Success Pack” frameworks that actually gave us the in-your-hands tools necessary to implement his incredible advice and find the right team of people to support our efforts. Bottom line: Charlie SHOWED UP and WOWED us!" – Marc Chernoff
"Charlie’s work always provides the right catalyst in the moment. If I’m stuck or need inspiration, I can turn to a Productive Flourishing post or Creative Giants podcast and know I will hear the perfect thought to spur me into action. Charlie helps entrepreneurs and business leaders focus on what’s most important. He challenges us to stop making excuses, but also provides the perfect frameworks to help us move forward and see results." – Jenn Labin
"Charlie is one of the most amazing strategic thinkers I have come across in a long time. He’s able to take in a situation, identify the issue, and offer actionable advice that is truly game changing. He does this in a way that gave me greater insight into the situation, which empowered me to come up with additional solutions on my own after our conversation. He truly is the gift that keeps on giving." – Marcie D.