The Strategist

4 Tips to Avoid Burnout

Burnout can happen to anyone. You are striving to achieve your work goals and the people in your life need your attention as well. You have deadlines that you need to meet, family members that are craving your attention, and hobbies that you haven’t been able to do in ages.

How Freelancers Can Help You Grow Your Business

Are you trying to do too much? Does it feel like growing your business is taking every last ounce of your energy and attention? Do you find yourself having your hands in every little part of your business? What if someone could help you out along the way? I'm not...

5 Ways to Build Confidence Within Your Staff

Last week we talked about how to build leadership confidence. Learning how to be confident as a leader is important. But, it's also important that you learn how to help build confidence within your staff as well. Your team and business succeed the most when everyone...

Drowning in Your To-Do List? 3 Tips to Help

It's Monday morning. Almost half-way through both August and the third quarter. If you're a parent, school is either starting soon or has already started for your kids. And, if you're like most people, you feel like your already long to-do list is just growing longer...

5 Time Wasters at Work

Do you feel like your drowning in your to-do list? Or, at the end of the day do you feel like you've accomplished nothing even though you've been busy all day? As a business owner or manager, time management is crucial. Avoiding the 5 time wasters below can help. 1....

Leadership Lessons from My Brother

Unfortunately this past Friday, my family buried my brother Ed just one month shy of 59 years old. This may seem like an early death, but he wasn’t supposed to live past 21 years old so this was significant. There were many leadership lessons I learned from my...

Self-care Tips for Leaders

Remember the days of childhood when summer meant vacation? School was out, bedtimes were put on hold, and you had long days to do whatever you enjoyed. There was the ice cream truck, playing with friends, and pure enjoyment. Fast forward to the present day. Summer...

Leadership Moods and Weather

Milwaukee is now one of the wettest of springs in the past over 100 years. What's interesting is it seems that my mood is being impacted by the weather. Or at least I can blame it on that. It's interesting from a leadership perspective that a leader's mood can easily...

Receiving Feedback as a Leader

Years ago, when I was dating my future wife, I was a single dad. My daughter was in high school and I was trying to be healthy and had several Lean Cuisines in the freezer at home. One day I got home and found out my daughter had eaten three of them. I was upset. I...

Uncomfortable Awareness

Executive Coaching Provides Feedback Even though there’s snow on the ground in Milwaukee after literally 75 degree weather a few days earlier, it’s graduation season for many families across the state. Graduation is an interesting time because on the one hand there’s...

Trust Your Gut. Is it Time For a Change?

While trying to decide what I wanted to write about, I realized that tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of my leaving a corporate job and going out on my own. What a perfect time for me to talk about trusting your gut and making bold changes. Gut feelings are...