Everything is political these days – even football and pizza. President Donald Trump ignited months of controversy in September when he criticized NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. The “take a knee” … [Read more...] about How to Be a Brand Activist Even When You Hate Politics
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Patricia Bravo. When I tell people that I do work around empathetic leadership, helping leaders strengthen how they use empathy as a tool for team member engagement, I typically receive one of three types of responses. I describe them as the advocate, the … [Read more...] about How to Explore and When to Embrace Empathetic Leadership
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jacquette Timmons. According to the 2016 Kaufman Index, while the rate of new entrepreneurs decreased slightly to 310 out of every 100,000 adults, business survival rates reached a three-decade high of 48.7 percent. The latter statistic is excellent news given … [Read more...] about This Is the Big Financial Mistake Successful Entrepreneurs Avoid
I was speaking to the outgoing board chair of a non-profit recently because I'm considering joining the board, and after thirty minutes or so of conversation, she mentioned that she was sad to be leaving the board. From all appearances, she's been a great board chair, is still very much into the … [Read more...] about Do Your Organization's Rules Advance Its Vision and Mission?
One of the more frustrating things about life, work, and business is how easy it is to look back over what you’ve been doing to see that you’ve done a lot but don’t seem to have pushed the ball forward on any major priority. Sometimes we look back and see that we’ve been spinning our wheels, which … [Read more...] about 7 Questions to Ask If You’re Failing One Success at a Time
I was talking to a mastermind buddy who was working through whether to pursue a sponsorship strategy. His concern was that he wasn’t sure whether it was a long-term play or a short-term play. Here’s the deal: Books are probably the only long-term play we have in a media-based business, but books (at … [Read more...] about Choosing Your Strategy in a Media-Centric Business
This week, TeamPF and I are on a retreat at the Oregon coast. I’ve made it a point to get us all here because one of the biggest oversights virtual team leaders make is not bringing their teams together at some point, if ever. For some setup, we’ve built our team to be a remote-first team, even … [Read more...] about 5 Benefits of Connecting with Your Remote Team in Person
I was reading Ego Is the Enemy over the weekend and this passage jumped out at me: “Only you know the race you’re running. That is, unless your ego decides the only way you have value is if you’re better than, have more than, everyone everywhere. More urgently, each one of us has a unique potential … [Read more...] about 3 Hidden Truths About Staying On Your Path
A big focus for our team this month is going through our processes and systems to make sure they’re working for us rather than against us. Much to my team’s chagrin sometimes, I’m always monitoring and tweaking things, but I’ve elevated it to a quarterly objective. Why the project elevation? I’m … [Read more...] about You’re Always Changing and So Should Your Systems
When you take everything you want to do and start putting that in the quarters and months you actually have available — aka strategic roadmapping — know that the first draft is usually going to be too ambitious. It looks good on the first pass, but when you take a step back and ask, "Can I actually … [Read more...] about Is Your Strategic Roadmap Too Ambitious?