Message From Our Founder

Welcome to the eighty-seventh issue of CEE News! .

I took a hiatus from writing this message last month to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my husband of 20 years. We spent a week exploring ancient sites in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Antioch (now Antakya), then another week at the seaside town of Alayna where our in-laws have a vacation flat.

Honestly, Turkey has never been on my bucket list. But, I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to research and experience the rich culture, ancient history, beautifully preserved archeology, geography, and food that Turkey has to offer. We stayed two nights in Istanbul just steps away from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.

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Sticky Solutions

Sticky solutions to your everyday business challenges


Question:
Three weeks ago, I started a position as the Director of an underperforming sales team.  I was brought in because of my background in delivering results, but I’m already feeling pushback when I try to share my ideas about changes that need to be made.  Do you have any advice for how to gain the traction I need to get the results I was brought in to make?

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Sticky Solutions

Sticky solutions to your everyday business challenges

ManagerCont
Question: 
I’m celebrating my 6-year anniversary this month at a 160-person commercial real estate firm in Indianapolis. I have a Bachelors degree and have gone through the company’s management training program which helps me with my team management needs. For the rest of the year, I’d like to focus on building a new skill outside of the traditional management training program. Do you have a recommendation on one area that I could focus on?

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Message From Our Founder

Welcome to the eighty-fifth issue of CEE News! .

 

This year, I had the opportunity to work with two major clients to help them refresh their strategic goals. One organization chose the old school method of having business unit and operational leaders gather in person at a multi-day retreat to share their first pass plans with one another, then refine those plans over the next two months and lock in their goals for the next fiscal year along with OPEX and CAPEX budgets. The other organization (which, ironically, is a department of an Ivy League school) chose to refresh their strategic plans iteratively over a five-month period. They wanted to involve more stakeholders in the planning process, which would ideally result in shared accountability for delivering on the goals.

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Sticky Solutions

Sticky solutions to your everyday business challenges

 

Question: During my performance review this year, I received “Did not meet expectations” for two projects that I was responsible for. When I told my manager that I had completed everything that I could, but I avoided asking my colleague for the help I needed to finish because our relationship is strained. My manager told me that I had two choices: learn how to navigate uncomfortable conversations or rely on her to advocate for me. Choosing the latter was the easier path, she said, but unless I learned to overcome my fear of constructive conflict, I would not grow with the organization. Can you give me some advice about how to speak to my colleague about working together more effectively?

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Business in Focus: Bearaby

A closer look at companies executing leadership excellence

Four years ago, Dr. Kathrin Hamm was among the 68% of Americans who say they have difficulty sleeping. Hamm was working as an economist with the World Bank, and, due to an increasingly demanding travel schedule, she suffered from chronic insomnia. She was burning out fast, and decided to matters into her own hands. After reviewing medical journals, Hamm learned about how weighted blankets were frequently used to bring comfort to children with sensory disorders and autism. She ordered one from a medical specialty store and it worked wonders to improve her sleep, but it was far from perfect. So in 2018, she took an entrepreneurial leap and launched Bearaby, determined to make weighted blankets that were cozy, beautiful and breathable.

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Message From Our Founder

Welcome to the eighty-fourth issue of CEE News! .

 

6.5 years ago, when a San Diego-based client asked for our help to codify their core values, I immediately reached out to WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge. I was first charmed by Garry when I heard him speak at a leadership conference. His Australian accent, the catch in his voice when sharing a story about balancing the weight of leading a publicly-traded company while making time to be a good soon to his aging mother, the self-deprecating humor, made Garry one of the most approachable speakers I’d heard. And when I emailed Garry to ask if he would be willing to host my client for a “culture field trip” to WD-40, his response was an unqualified yes.

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Business in Focus: him & hers

A closer look at companies executing leadership excellence

Digital health is an industry on a stratospheric trajectory. The coronavirus pandemic has only bolstered its ascent, lifting the prospects of companies that can offer virtual health services at a time when patients, and especially those at highest risk, simply can’t afford to go into a medical facility that’s filled with potential COVID-19 patients. Andrew Dudum was ahead of the curve on this one. While Hims (technically now Hims & Hers), began as a digital health startup geared toward men, it has since expanded its footprint to include women’s health via Hers, with telehealth services and products spanning mental health, primary care, and a variety of specific conditions ranging from erectile dysfunction to hair loss, acne, and beyond.

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Sticky Solutions

Sticky solutions to your everyday business challenges

 

 

Question: I’m a manager at a major agricultural company. I was recently chosen to be a part of our company’s mentorship program. My mentor suggested that part of her career success has been to stay up to date on the latest nonfiction books. Since graduating from college and starting in my profession, I haven’t spent much time reading, but I’d like to take my mentor’s advice this summer. Can you recommend any nonfiction books that have been released in the past year that I could download to read during my break?  

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Message From Our Founder

Welcome to the eighty-third issue of CEE News! .

 

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working with teams from Ivy League Schools to government contractors to startups spawned from UC Berkeley labs. I’ve partnered with a 31-year old CEO/Founder to discuss how to build a leadership team, I’ve facilitated training for high-potential employees and senior leaders interested in mentorship, and I’ve worked with teams to refresh their 3-5 year strategic plans.

Regardless of what I’m asked to help with, leaders from organizations of all types and sizes are searching for answers to improving communication, getting better traction through aligned goals, and managing change. Throughout these meetings, there are usually one or two “a-ha” statements that serve as a catalyst for moving from what is to what is possible. Here are ten such quotes that have resonated with my clients, that may inspire you as well:

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