The Sharpening Stone is a series of short videos from True Edge designed to sharpen leaders and organizations.

The Sharpening Stone – Don’t Confuse “Busy” with “Productive”

Do you pride yourself on being an “excellent multi-tasker”? Do you feel much (or most) of the time like you are Sooo busy, yet don’t really get much done (at least not the truly important things)? Are your relationships at work and outside work suffering because you’re too busy or preoccupied to [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Don’t Confuse “Busy” with “Productive”2022-12-05T00:21:17+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Minding Your Family Business

If your family is in business together, you already know some of the special joys -- and challenges – of working with relatives.  A family-owned business can be a great vehicle for generating family wealth, for providing jobs for family members and the opportunity to work together. While the rewards can be [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Minding Your Family Business2022-10-11T00:22:53+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Staying or Going? Let’s Have a Better Conversation

My wife loves Hallmark Movies, and after watching a number of them with her, I find there’s a common theme – Couple is interested in each other, but they don’t express it to one another, then one thinks – do I stay or do I go? - because they think the other [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Staying or Going? Let’s Have a Better Conversation2022-09-09T20:44:20+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Organizational Fitness for a Healthy Future

A number of years ago at a gym where I worked out I was introduced to the concept of “The Three Pillars Of Fitness” – Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility. Personal reflection on these so-called pillars yielded an appreciation for their identification as a synergistic triad – each important but insufficient alone. [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Organizational Fitness for a Healthy Future2022-07-18T12:00:18+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – The Four Propositions of Risk

Many of the decisions you make as a business leader carry a significant element of risk.  If you are too timid or risk avoidant, then you and your business will likely fall short of your potential.  But if you embrace risk too readily or recklessly, you could damage your business and [...]

The Sharpening Stone – The Four Propositions of Risk2022-06-03T02:02:49+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Who Leads When You Leave?

Maybe you’re thinking of selling your business.  Now, or maybe ten years from now.  Here are some considerations that have probably crossed your mind already: What is my business worth? Who could I sell it to? How can I be sure I’ll get paid, especially if the next owner is not successful [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Who Leads When You Leave?2022-03-11T19:15:21+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Know an Abrasive Leader?

Many of us have had the distinct displeasure of working with, or for, an abrasive leader.  You know the type --  prone to emotional outbursts, overcontrol, threats, public humiliation and condescension, and general misuse of their power and authority.  They have a reputation for getting the job done and may therefore be [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Know an Abrasive Leader?2022-01-18T22:13:06+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability AND Compassion

Why do so many of us, leaders included, find it difficult to hold people accountable or address issues firmly and directly? I am convinced it’s because we see confrontation as some variation on harsh, intolerant, unkind, aggressive, or uncompassionate, and that we fear creating hard feelings. We feel we have to choose [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability AND Compassion2021-11-15T03:09:24+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Pay Attention to Retention

When business leaders were surveyed about the top threat to their business for the rest of 2021, it wasn’t inflation or supply chain disruptions to production that came out on top.  The majority of respondents said “Hiring and Retention”. In fact, 77% of companies expect to encounter a talent shortage; and according [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Pay Attention to Retention2021-10-05T12:00:23+00:00
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