Preferences are a pretty strong influence in our lives and in our businesses. Just think about all the events, decisions and outcomes which have taken place just since you woke up this morning and how many of them were influenced by your preferences?  Shower before you shave. Putting the dog out before eating breakfast. Black coffee verses tea vs milk etc. These are just a few examples of the things which you have a preference in doing in a particular order.  They morph into a routine so you may not even see them as preferences. At some point in the past, you made a choice.  You were pleased with the results, so you stuck with it. You took your preference and blended it into a routine.

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Precision of a marching band

The college fall football season is upon us. The teams have been preparing for months.  Not just the football players but also the marching bands, pep bands, cheer squads, the campus audio/visuals teams and more. It is a bunch of teams which make the fall football season so pumped up with energy.

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This coming Monday is the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – and the return to business activity. Although summer does not officially end until Sep 21/22 our minds have a defined shift from vacation mode into last focus on business efforts on ending 2021 with the best possible results. As we transition from one mode of operations to the next, let us pause and reflect on the most recent efforts of the past 90 days.

Labor Day – The transition point to end of year resultsRead More »

In prior communications we have touched on the topics of Purpose, Vision, Core Values, and other foundational aspects as bedrock elements for the growth and stable success of your business and your leadership. As we guide leaders in the process of establishing these frameworks, we find that the exercise may have been done in the past, but the use and weaving them into the culture is weak if not absent.

Aligning Vocabulary for Consistent CommunicationRead More »

Do Not Tell – Coach

In today’s world people are not looking to be sold something.  They are looking to be served.  Looking for a resolution to some situation which your product or service can mitigate to reduce some stress in their life. This is true of not just the acquisition of goods and services but also in the workplace as it related to the recruitment and hiring of talent.

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The JKL Associates Promise Culture model starts with “Purpose” at the center of the primary foundational elements of business and personal growth and success.  From this central point all other aspects of growth and success emanate.  In concert with purpose having both personal and business core values give the framework and guidance for all consistent communincation, transactions and decision-making efforts.

Analyzing 2021 in preparation for 2022Read More »

The JKL Associates Promise Culture model starts with “Purpose” at the center of the primary foundational elements of business and personal growth and success.  From this central point all other aspects of growth and success emanate.  In concert with purpose having both personal and business core values give the framework and guidance for all consistent communincation, transactions and decision-making efforts.

The 5 V’s your organization needs to guide to the next level of successRead More »

If you take some time to listen to business leaders talk about their journey of business startup through growth and success, somewhere in their story they will inevitably state that they finally had to stop holding onto everything and let their team perform. It is likely stated in a variety of ways but in one form or another the leader had to stop fearing and start trusting.

The Fear of Letting Go – Trusting Others and SelfRead More »

Everyone is familiar with the term Job Description.  It is that document which spells out the details of the tasks to be performed, the skills to perform those tasks and a variety of other elements to frame the job for the person filling the position. A challenge with a job description is that many that I read fall short in terms of defining for the person in the role exactly how their participation contributes to the organization.  It is like the job description builds a box around the person and holds them to the confines of the box rather than inviting them into contributing to the organization’s future.

Job Description vs Role ContributionRead More »