Four Supportive Ways to Get People to Change

I was speaking with a client, the CEO and owner of a small business with twenty employees. He was deeply frustrated that he hadn’t been able to make any progress on a significant change he wanted his team to make. He wanted them to become more responsive and proactive, so he hired us to help.

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Johanna Lyman (she/her or they/them) is the Principal Consultant and Practice Leader for Culture and Inclusion at Kadabra. She is a dynamic, energetic Leadership and Culture coach and consultant with nearly 30 years of experience of leadership development and culture change.

She is adept at combining coaching, training, and facilitation to help clients build sustainably profitable businesses while creating deep meaning in their work. She quickly establishes rapport and creates a container of psychological safety, belonging, and deep trust with her clients and their teams. She believes that inclusion and diversity should be seen as the natural outcomes of building great cultures.

Johanna is wife to the best husband on the planet, mother to an adult daughter, and dog-mom to Petey the Amazing Tripod.

4 Ways Companies Can Combat Workplace Stress

For many American adults, work and stress have become synonymous.

The American Institute of Stress reports that about 25% of employed Americans say they feel stressed at work, and 40% say their jobs are very or extremely stressful.

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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer in both physical and mental health. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

Battle Staff Meeting Fatigue in 5 Easy Steps

Whether you’re working from home or from the office conference room, staff meetings can be a slog. Meetings that run long, don’t follow a clear agenda, or fail to engage employees can be a big drain on staff morale. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow these five steps to making meetings more encouraging and engaging for your team.

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Jade Pulman's picture

Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

Accountability is Not a Dirty Word

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Accountability is not a dirty word.

Thinking about being held to account for something certainly doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. “Yay, please ask me, in the middle of a meeting of my peers, where that report is that I haven’t finished yet. Bring it on! “

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

Are You Using Standard Operating Procedure?

Outside the window, red and blue lights flashed and a line of red lights snaked its way toward our plane.

The flight attendant spoke into the intercom.  “This is standard procedure for an unscheduled landing.  Don’t be alarmed.”

Who was she kidding?

I’d been planning this trip to Vancouver for weeks, and at first everything had lined up perfectly: Four clients, four days, not a wasted minute, back to Nashville in time for the weekend. What could be better?

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Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Making Gravy

A newly wed wife came home from work one day to find her husband had prepared a roast.  She was thrilled, but puzzled: he had cut the ends off the roast before cooking it.  In her sweetest possible voice she asked, “Sweetheart, I notice you cut the end off the roast.  Any particular reason why?”

Busy preparing the rest of the meal, he replied, “That’s the way you cook a roast.  I learned from my mother”.

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Conscious Business Leaders Don’t Just Disrupt Business As Usual, They Disrupt Themselves Too

Every so often, as in nature, it is time for a death and rebirth.

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"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

India's First B Corp: Tech to Connect Supply Chains and Smallholder Farms

In the same way that the San Francisco Bay area will be read about in North American history books—or history apps, rather—Bangalore is creating historical tech waves in India. That country’s first certified B Corp, eKutir Global, is shaping that tide. What started as a vision to empower small farmers and shareholders with tech solutions for planting, selling, and connecting has developed into a tool used by big name corporations to increase efficiency and directly connect with their supply chains.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Sustainability, Acceleration, and Laughter - Kibikibi Partners Jemma and Emma

Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy...

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Julie Fahnestock's picture

Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Mortem Anno

During a recent executive transition, the board identified a new leader to make our non-profit more entrepreneurial. Because of timing around this transition, my one-year anniversary earlier that month came and went without a peep, so I requested a review from my new boss. The new Head Honcho asked why I wanted one, and I felt the earth shudder.

I was at first deeply plagued by the idea of not being acknowledged for my accomplishments, and then I became curious.

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The Emotional Businessist's picture

"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

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Stressed out woman staring at laptop while chewing pencil.
03/09/2021
I was speaking with a client, the CEO and owner of a small business with twenty employees. He was deeply frustrated that he hadn’t been able to make any progress on a significant change he wanted his... read more
Man laying on floor covered in Post-it notes
11/16/2020
For many American adults, work and stress have become synonymous. The American Institute of Stress reports that about 25% of employed Americans say they feel stressed at work, and 40% say their... read more
Laptop computer showing zoom video conference call
07/07/2020
Whether you’re working from home or from the office conference room, staff meetings can be a slog. Meetings that run long, don’t follow a clear agenda, or fail to engage employees can be a big drain... read more
Two women shaking hands over business deal.
02/27/2019
Accountability is not a dirty word. Thinking about being held to account for something certainly doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. “Yay, please ask me, in the middle of a meeting... read more
WOman looking out airplane window.
01/28/2019
Outside the window, red and blue lights flashed and a line of red lights snaked its way toward our plane. The flight attendant spoke into the intercom.  “This is standard procedure for an... read more
Grandmother and grand kids in kitchen with chef hats
08/06/2018
A newly wed wife came home from work one day to find her husband had prepared a roast.  She was thrilled, but puzzled: he had cut the ends off the roast before cooking it.  In her sweetest... read more
Metal chain breaking apart at a link
04/10/2018
Every so often, as in nature, it is time for a death and rebirth. Conscious leaders do this regularly as part of their commitment to self-reflective leadership. Businesses should build in a... read more
Businessman using connected app with symbols on mobile phone
02/05/2018
In the same way that the San Francisco Bay area will be read about in North American history books—or history apps, rather—Bangalore is creating historical tech waves in India. That country’s first... read more
Kibikibi partners Emma and Jemma at Kew Gardens
12/04/2017
Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy... According to a quick Google search, when you meet someone with whom you share these characteristics, you’ve found your soulmate... read more

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Stressed out woman staring at laptop while chewing pencil.
03/09/2021
I was speaking with a client, the CEO and owner of a small business with twenty employees. He was deeply frustrated that he hadn’t been able to make any progress on a significant change he wanted his... read more
Man laying on floor covered in Post-it notes
11/16/2020
For many American adults, work and stress have become synonymous. The American Institute of Stress reports that about 25% of employed Americans say they feel stressed at work, and 40% say their... read more
Laptop computer showing zoom video conference call
07/07/2020
Whether you’re working from home or from the office conference room, staff meetings can be a slog. Meetings that run long, don’t follow a clear agenda, or fail to engage employees can be a big drain... read more
Two women shaking hands over business deal.
02/27/2019
Accountability is not a dirty word. Thinking about being held to account for something certainly doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. “Yay, please ask me, in the middle of a meeting... read more
WOman looking out airplane window.
01/28/2019
Outside the window, red and blue lights flashed and a line of red lights snaked its way toward our plane. The flight attendant spoke into the intercom.  “This is standard procedure for an... read more
Grandmother and grand kids in kitchen with chef hats
08/06/2018
A newly wed wife came home from work one day to find her husband had prepared a roast.  She was thrilled, but puzzled: he had cut the ends off the roast before cooking it.  In her sweetest... read more
Metal chain breaking apart at a link
04/10/2018
Every so often, as in nature, it is time for a death and rebirth. Conscious leaders do this regularly as part of their commitment to self-reflective leadership. Businesses should build in a... read more
Businessman using connected app with symbols on mobile phone
02/05/2018
In the same way that the San Francisco Bay area will be read about in North American history books—or history apps, rather—Bangalore is creating historical tech waves in India. That country’s first... read more
Kibikibi partners Emma and Jemma at Kew Gardens
12/04/2017
Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy... According to a quick Google search, when you meet someone with whom you share these characteristics, you’ve found your soulmate... read more

Pages