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How Can Entrepreneurs Create a Culture of Excellence?

How do you build a strong business culture?

How do you build a strong business culture?

How does an entrepreneur create a leadership culture? How do you build an organization that continues to grow and build, maturing beyond the capabilities of its founder and original leadership team?  To be a successful leader today, you must be able to expand beyond your own leadership capabilities to create a culture focused on excellence.

You must successfully develop other leaders who are able to leverage your core strengths while using their own to help further the culture of excellence you started when you founded the business.  To be successful in succession planning, you must create leaders in all areas of your business. Read More…

How Advisory Boards Can Help Entrepreneurs Get Better Results!

What do you look for in an advisory board member?

What do you look for in an advisory board member?

What are the key elements to build a successful advisory board? How do you find the right individuals who can help you increase your business’ success?  I have been on advisory boards for over twenty years. I’ve helped many of my clients find the right people that can help them take their businesses and their lives to a different level.

I thought I’d share several key qualities to help you get the right members on your advisory board. The better your advisory board members, the mores successful your organization becomes when you learn to harness the power of these great contributors.

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Can Agile Thinking Provide Serving Leaders an Edge?

Can Taffy Williams Help Serving Leaders Think Agile?

Can Taffy Williams Help Serving Leaders Think Agile?

What’s the secret of long term success in your business?  How do you thrive no matter what’s happening in the economy? Is there a secret capability that great serving leaders possess?  Korn Ferry found the answer in 2011.  In a study of successful managers, they discovered that secret capability as learning agility. They Think Agile.

From my experience interviewing over 17,000 senior level leaders around the world, I would add great leaders learn more quickly, and are more agile in how they see situations. Now that you know it’s important to Think Agile, how do you do this in your role as serving leader? Read More…

Can Entrepreneurs Learn How to Use Stories Like Richard Branson?

Can you use and share stories like Richard Branson?

Can you use and share stories like Richard Branson?

Many of the entrepreneurs I know are committed to having a major impact on our world.  Many are highly respected for their ability to move others to take action. I can’t tell you there is a large number of CEOs or entrepreneurs who use social media to impact their communities. However, the entrepreneurs I know that use social media have an incredible impact on our world. For example, let’s look at Richard Branson. Read More…

Can Serving Leaders Connect Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

   Can Serving Leaders Connect Like Dr. King?

Can Serving Leaders Connect Like Dr. King?

As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I thought I might share several strategies he used to connect his cause to people. He was an incredible orator and visionary.  His commitment to nonviolence was amazing given the odds he faced. It’s no wonder he’s the standard that all today’s serving leaders are measured against. It may also be why so many of today’s leaders fall short of his high standard.

What if I shared one other factor that made Dr. King an extraordinary leader?  This quality is not mentioned in many history books, but in my opinion, it was the key to leveraging his other gifts and strengths. Dr. King was a connector. Read More…

How Social Media Can Help Entrepreneurs Lead in Their Community!

Can Social Media Help Provide Leadership in Your Community?

Can Social Media Help Provide Leadership in Your Community?

How do you connect with the many stakeholders in your community? What’s the best way for leaders to communicate on a regular basis? How many different ways can you communicate your message to others with similar passion and purpose?

The number one question I’m asked by my most senior clients is if I think they should be on social platforms. The second question is how it has worked for me and my clients. Finally, I’m asked how much money and time should they spend building connection and community. Read More…

Leaders, Want Your Most Urgent Questions about Social Media-Answered?

Can we help you understand social media?

Can we help you understand social media better?

Here’s a question I often hear as a communications consultant. Is it a question you’d ask? Would you like to hear the answer?

“My nonprofit organization is on Facebook and Twitter and even Instagram, but we don’t really know why. Everybody’s doing it, I guess. But what can we get out of it?”

If that sounds like your organization, then you should sign up for a free webinar: No Nonsense Social Media. Tripp Braden and I will be hosting it next Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00 EST. Read More…

Say “Thank You” with a Story

Can a story make a more powerful thank you?

Can a story make a more powerful thank you?

You’re a charitable person.  Let’s say you gave large donations to three organizations.

One of them sends you a one-line acknowledgement for tax purposes.

Another sends you a form letter that begins “On behalf of the Busy Community Organization, thanks for your donation of  $____ made on December 29.”

The third organization’s thank-you letter says:

You’ve never met Bill Whalen, but your donation helped him get through the toughest time of his life. Read More…

Five Ideas That Are Changing How You Influence Others in 2015

How do you influence others in 2015?

How do you influence others in 2015?

Is how you influence others changing in 2015? I believe the number one skill serving leaders have is their ability to influence others. It doesn’t matter of if you’re running a startup, a family business, a large nonprofit or an international Fortune 1000 organization, your ability to influence others is changing. Read More…

Can Coach Meyer Help You Become a Stronger Serving Leader?

Can Coach Meyer help you become a stronger serving leader?

Can Coach Meyer help you become a stronger serving leader?

What would you do if one of your key team leaders was unable to work?  Now imagine if your best backup got hurt, as well.  Finally, imagine this happened at the most important time of your year. Could your team recover? How would you inspire your team to take their game to a whole new level? Coach Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes have had this happen and they are one game away from achieving their goals for this year on Monday, January 12. Read More…

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