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 – 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 – Bring Your Child to Work

When we work with family-owned businesses, a common question we hear from parents is, “How important is it, really, for our sons and daughters to work for someone else? Won’t that just delay their readiness for key roles in our own company?” In our view, it’s pretty important.  We generally recommend [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Bring Your Child to Work2021-07-01T02:06:06+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Let’s Talk About Trust

Let’s talk about TRUSTLeaders set the tone and the example in determining the level of safety and trust that exists in an organization.If trust is absent or uncertain, we are forced to spend our time and energy protecting ourselves from each other, and that weakens the organization and its productivity. When trust [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Let’s Talk About Trust2021-05-18T00:59:42+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Declare Your Outlook

Hi Everyone! We all can learn from our past, and 2020 was a year unlike any other.  In fact, it was an incredibly challenging year that threw everything that we considered normal upside down.  From COVID, to the election, to racial justice issues, businesses shuttering, home/online schooling, and events cancelled; along with guidelines [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Declare Your Outlook2021-03-08T13:17:10+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results

We’ve all been there. We’re expecting an employee to do something or produce a desired result and it’s just not happening. The tendency may be to think they’re goofing off or being lazy, or that they have been side-tracked by other tasks and priorities. While either of these may be the case, it’s [...]

The Sharpening Stone – A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results2020-11-28T02:20:02+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability is NOT a Four-letter Word

If, like most of us, you have ever resolved to engage some process of self-improvement, you have probably confronted the sobering fact that saying something, even really wanting it, is not the same as doing it. Any effort to engage such a process readily reveals several realities: We all aspire to be better, [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability is NOT a Four-letter Word2020-10-14T02:13:17+00:00

The Sharpening Stone: You Might Just Need a Rawlins

Who comes to mind when you think of the greatest American leaders?  George Washington? Abe Lincoln?  Susan B. Anthony?  Martin Luther King, Jr? It’s been said that from the end of the Civil War through the remainder of the Nineteenth Century, Ulysses S. Grant was widely regarded throughout the world as America’s greatest [...]

The Sharpening Stone: You Might Just Need a Rawlins2020-10-14T02:02:00+00:00
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