When an Executive Coach is More Beneficial than a Mentor

executive coaching

Remember how much easier working out and skill-building was with a coach on the  sideline? Perhaps you remember how quickly you learned when an experienced teacher directed you toward proficiency and even mastery. In the same way, an Executive Coach is an objective guide that helps you identify what may not be serving you in […]

Why Does Your Team Exist?

Why do your teams exist?

You’d be surprised at how few people can confidently answer that question.  When contemplating “Why does your team exist” it’s valuable to think like an ant. Ants are incredible creatures. A single ant can carry  10-50 times its own body weight! But even then, it cannot accomplish the main task of the colony alone. So, […]

Making the Complex Simple

A cartoon of a Rube Goldberg invention that makes a simple task complex

For the last four weeks we have explored organizational Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Why It Exists. These are similar concepts. However, one is not the same as the other. So what? Why make it more complicated? This blog will attempt to answer these questions. Imagine your favorite mode of vehicular transportation. It is probably a […]

Is Vision About Seeing, Planning, or…Believing?

Young people on a roller coaster

During the opening ceremonies of Disneyland on July 17 1955, held after Walt Disney had passed away, one of the platform speakers stated, “If only Walt could see this!” Standing nearby and hearing the statement, Walt’s wife, Lillian, said “He already did.” What a ride getting there must have been! What fueled Walt and his team […]

Is Your Mission a ‘Maybe’, a ‘Moment’, or a ‘Movement’?

A company's mission, vision, and values next to an hourglass

Q #1: How do you respond to overused terminology in a mission statement?    Are the terms “mission” and “mission statement” in that category for you? Well, hang in there for another 393 words and see if you gain a new insight or two. We think you will. Something familiar: Any mission statement describes what […]

Why are Values Important to Name and Rank?

Business man climbs the building blocks of core values

Imagine yourself stranded in a remote wilderness setting. You decide where: desert, forest, island, ocean. You decide the season: spring, summer, fall, winter. You have limited resources: food, clothing, beverages, other supplies. Your communication device(s) have 26% battery life. You’ve learned that rescue personnel will not get to you for another 72 hours. Now, due […]

Are Organizational Values Easy to Identify?

A compass that guides to core values

What are organizational values? Importance. Priority. Weightiness. Time. Money. _________ (fill in the blank). These are all indicators of value. We place more of the above on those things we value most. If you want to understand what you or your organization values most, consider how much of each chosen indicator is invested in a […]

“Why can’t I fix this?”

After my initial launch of TurningWest, I sat down, downloaded the IRS Form 1120S tax return, and started to work on it. I got about 85% of the way to completion when I gave up. I was completely defeated. I called a local accountant and took the forms down to him. I told him what […]