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When turbulence hits, what sets your organization apart from the rest?

As we enter the New Year, I would like to highlight once again one of the most important success factors for your business...the power of resiliency!  We discussed this at our planning retreat on December 5th and I thought another review was very fitting as we ring in the New Year! As I often tell my clients, in business you have to get good at managing change and get good at recovering from it. Of course, many of you know the importance of resilience in your personal lives, but if you haven’t recognized it as an essential component to the success of your organization’s health, this is the next vital step. 
As a business coach, one of the biggest challenges my clients often face is the need for their team to take ownership and accountability for their work. Accountability, when appropriately and effectively employed, can transform your team and business.  
Quite often I run into business owners who know they are in need of assistance but are confused whether they need a coach or a consultant. Often they are not sure what the difference is between the two or they don’t know which one would be appropriate for their situation. The difference between consulting and coaching can appear subtle, but there are distinct differences and both approaches are valuable.
I’m often asked by business owners and their teams whether it is more effective to be a leader or a manager. Questions arise such as, “Which is better?” and “When will I switch from being a great manager to a superb leader?” There is, however, one strategic and healthy way to perform in your management/leadership role and I have the answer. Let’s start by defining each one and distinguishing the two.
DISC is a highly accredited behavior assessment tool that has acted as an integral part of my coaching practice for many years. I use it with all new clients so I know how to better communicate and deliver information to them. I also use it with their teams to help drive higher levels of trust and performance. The DISC assessment tool, if used properly, can have a major impact on improving all levels of team performance. 
Position overviews shouldn't be formulaic. When hiring for a new job, your advertisement should include job responsibilities and qualifications, but, just as importantly, it should also depict the company culture and unique benefits.
The truth is I couldn’t pick just 10 great business books. After all, there are more than 10,000 business books published each year! But, I did manage to narrow the list down to 11 great summer business reads that will help you be at the top of your game. Get ready to be inspired!

Your employees can be smart and talented, possess valued skills, and have years of experience, but if their motivators are not aligned with the role they're in or the kind of work they're doing, they won't excel. Do you know what drives your employees?

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