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

The Sharpening Stone – Saying “Yes” and Saying “No”

Have you ever stopped to realize that two of the simplest and most common words we use shape the direction of our lives and how we navigate our work and personal worlds? Those words are “yes” and “no”. What we say “yes” to and what we say “no” to define who we are, [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Saying “Yes” and Saying “No”2020-10-14T02:03:13+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – High Caliber Calendar

Most leaders have a lot of things competing for their time.  If you’re like me, your schedule is already filled with meetings, project work, planning sessions, and a pile of tasks that have to get done sometime.  Now throw into that mix all the unexpected urgencies that can hijack your schedule, and it [...]

The Sharpening Stone – High Caliber Calendar2020-10-14T02:03:39+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Managing People Who Think They’re Special

My wife and I used to tell our kids, “You’re really special, but no more than anybody else.”  Despite that, they seem to have turned out okay.  At least that’s what their therapists tell us. Most of us have encountered someone in the workplace who acts entitled.  They feel they’re deserving of special [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Managing People Who Think They’re Special2020-10-14T02:03:56+00:00
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