CCBanner

Subscribe to the COREageous Entrepreneur Blog

Past COREageous Entrepreneur Blog Posts

Curb Your Pitch

A few years ago, I participated in a short course for entrepreneurs on pitching an idea. My job was to help these founders speak their pitch in a confident and leader-like fashion. However, it took the majority of the session to get these very technically savvy and...

read more

Basics for Recruiting Your Team

It takes time to build a great team; some say it is an art. If and when you decide to seek funding for your startup, the quality and synergy of your team will be paramount to investors. Jonah, the CEO of an off-shore textile startup, considered himself “a good judge...

read more

5 Ways to Assess Your Top Soft Skill

Now that summer is upon us and living is a little easier, this is a good time to invest in your personal growth as a leader/founder. Where to start? According to the Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation only 25 % of long term...

read more

Add a Morpheus to Your Mix

A COREageous CEO listens to the good, bad and the ugly. When passion takes hold and our vision becomes invincible, our mirror gets cloudy and we’re apt to act on murky and idealistic perceptions. It is comfortable to surround ourselves with people who share the same...

read more

Build a Strong Defense!

Marcia from Highland Park, Illinois writes: I started an online business for working mothers that’s requires work wherever I go. But, when I visit my parents, I’m also visiting their depression and their clutter. I’m significantly affected by their negativity. Back at...

read more

Self-Care Entrepreneur Style

‘Self-care’ means different things to different people. Glen is a 62-year-old whirlwind of a founder. His family and doctor are always telling him to balance his life with more self-care, e.g., meditation, more sleep, and daily exercise. What they don’t understand is that entrepreneurs are often short on traditional self-care. Glen is in good health and enjoys being with his family, but has chosen his own path to self-care.

His version of self-care includes the basics (just enough sleep, good nutrition and movement) along with a series of activities that give him purpose, energy and great joy.  Aside from being CEO of a small, but very successful software company, his self-care plan includes: singing in the community choir, chairing the town’s finance committee, coaching high school soccer, mentoring a young entrepreneur program at the local college and studying classical piano.

Glen recalls how he almost lost his mind when his family booked a surprise cruise to the Bahamas a few years ago. He confessed, “It’s just not my way of relaxing. Yes, I juggle a lot of things, but that’s because I know how to delegate and schedule myself correctly. My version of self-care works for me and for others with my kind of brain. Go meditate on that!”

You go Glen!

Founders on the entrepreneur roller coaster need a self-care regimen that is healthy AND satisfying. CoreCoaching can help you find your kind of balance. Contact me at [email protected]       

Cuban on Listening

Before we get to my tip of the week, let me announce my new online course called “The Zen of Listening Hour.” I designed it for startups, established businesses and other organizations where survival depends on strong relationships and learning. I designed this short, time-saving course because many founders regard listening as one of their keys to success.

For example, I came across an interview with Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur and celebrity on the popular TV show Shark Tank.  According to Cuban, in his 20’s, he loved to talk and was a notorious interrupter during work meetings. As a result, his first job out of college didn’t last very long.

His mentor suggested that before a meeting he write the word “Listen” at the top of his notepad. Since then, the habit stuck. “No lie,” Cuban said, “if you go back over the last 40 years now that I’ve been going into meetings and taking notes, I write, ‘Listen,’ first thing.”

Cuban often says that learning through listening is one of the keys to his success. Cuban told Men’s Health in 2020, “I recognized that learning was truly a skill, and by continuing to learn, to this day, I’m able to compete and keep up and get ahead of most people.”

Mindful Listening is a key to your company’s success. “The Zen of Listening Hour” will transform the way your employees learn and connect with each other and with customers. For more details, go to www.MindfulCommunication.com.

A Communication Manifesto?

According to Robert Kent, former dean of Harvard Business School,” In business, communication is everything. ” Therefore, just as you standardize operating procedures and systems, why not create a Communication Best Practices Manifesto for your startup — a standard guide for communication excellence?

My suggestion is not meant to tyrannize your team nor turn them robotic, but to establish a short stack of healthy, efficient and consistent road rules for serving customers and working well together.

It should include core skills like mindful listening and ways to deal with conflict. It can include specifics like “customer calls are returned within the hour” or “meeting agendas are sent out at least 24 hours in advance.”  The manifesto can be a dynamic tool, one that can be modified as teams grow and as communication demands become more complex.

To start, envision what culture of communication you want to foster, then create communication guidelines that best match that culture.

A standard for communication practices established early on can avert events that endanger startups such as team conflict, customer confusion and dissatisfaction among other preventable pitfalls.

Want to learn more about the value of a communication manifesto and how to create one? Contact me at [email protected] 

 

T.J. from Chicago, Ill. writes: Rebecca, Lately, due to delays and disruptions in our distribution channels, my co-founder has become more vocal about wanting to shift direction and try new ideas. His excitement is causing confusion and anxiety amongst our small team. I believe we have to stay steady on the track we’re on while entertaining options. Big shifts feel premature right now. How can I help him stay grounded?

The turbulence in the economy is a cause for concern among small and large businesses. As creativity has saved many a startup from extinction during troubled times, it can also be a danger to shift direction without careful consideration.

T.J.,  encourage your co-founder to seek out hard data to support his new direction, and to do in private without stressing out the team. His sleuthing may uncover a wealth of information that could justify a change in focus.

In his excitement, however, he may overlook the potential losses of staff, resources, customers and the costs of executing a new strategy. What is the competition up to? How does the new direction match up with the mission and values of the business? Compare that data with the advantages of staying on your present course. Get feedback from trusted mentors seasoned in the industry.

New ideas are welcome as long as all factors and perspectives are taken into account.

Having trouble managing a valued, but impulsive co-worker? I can help. Contact me at [email protected]

Make Speaking Up a Startup Strength

Nigel L., a student form an Ivy League entrepreneurship program, wrote:

Rebecca, I do my best to be a team player when I’m working on a project with other students. I do my share and often do more than my share of analysis. This can be a problem as I often find glitches and point them out to the group. 9/10 times my detective work pays off with a better grades for all of us. However, much of that time I get resistance to my observations from some other team members and that affects our relationship. What to do?

Nigel, you are truly COREageous! It’s too bad the others don’t appreciate your insights and what you do for their grades! But here are some things you can do to lessen the resistance:

  • Know when to speak up, and when not to. You are clearly to be relied upon to find problems. But once in a while, you might wait to be asked for your analysis until you’ve given the others time to find the glitch and be the hero for a change. Listen to others before speaking up. If someone else notes a glitch before you, thank them for their discovery.
  • Do you go into too much detail? Attention spans are short and people are impatient. Point out the problem, a couple supporting points and your suggestions. Keep your rebuttal short.
  • Perhaps a better choice of words or a bit of humor may pay off better for you? Phrases like, “I’d like your opinion on this one,” or “It may surprise you guys, but I have noticed something interesting!”

Speaking up is stepping up — a startup strength. We just try not to bruise more egos than necessary!

Finding resistance to your ideas? Step up and contact me at Rebecca @MindfulCommunication.com

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com