Posts Categorized: Nanci’s Notions Blog

Questioning Along the Road to Innovation

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After reading Warren Berger’s article entitled The Power of ‘Why?’ and ‘What If?’ in the New York Times recently (July 3, 2016), I began to think about how businesses could benefit by creating a culture that encourages asking questions: End top-down thinking Stir the imagination of all employees to be innovative Discuss openly whether a… Read more »

The Rise of Angry Advocates in the Workplace

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There is an angry tone bubbling at the workplace water cooler. Once a time to break away from work tasks and engage in sports talk, office gossip and mindless chatter, water cooler conversation has developed an edge. This is not surprising since we are fast approaching the eve of two contentious political party conventions on… Read more »

Quiet the Generational Noise in the Workplace

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Business writers have published horror stories about the lack of cohesiveness in the global workplace due to the unprecedented reality of having four distinct generational groups in the workplace at one time. To add fuel to the fire, here comes Generation Z, making a fifth entry. If we are having mixed results with four generations… Read more »

Create a Mindset of Building Giants

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Beyond reviewing resumes of recent college graduates, summer is not typically a time to focus on the potential long-term talent and training that can move your organization forward, but perhaps it’s worth consideration. I recently read two excellent books that I consider summer “must reads” for organizational leaders on the hunt for emerging leaders: Mindset:… Read more »

The Value of Professional Coaching

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The word “coaching” immediately brings to mind athletes and sports, but then business discovered that the lessons of John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, produced successful results whether on the court or in the boardroom. People need help getting the best out of the skill sets they already have within themselves. It is not the… Read more »

Succession Planning and Employee Engagement

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Developing and sustaining a successful business is predicated on a few basic concepts, but one that often gets overlooked is the succession plan. Keeping true to the company mission, planning for expansion, sustaining employee losses and preparing for future leadership is the essence of succession planning. An integral piece of engaging employees is providing a… Read more »

Developing Company Culture in a Small Business

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Company culture is the behavioral environment that drives your company. On the way to building a successful small business, consuming thoughts of product, services, locations, cash flow and customers devour an entrepreneur’s mind. Small business owners do not typically spend much time pondering the merits of developing an effective company culture, but maybe they should…. Read more »

Small Businesses Need an Onboarding System, Too

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Years ago when I developed the workshop “18 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make,” one mistake failed to make the list: not establishing an onboarding system. I addressed the importance of taking an idea to the marketplace, securing cash reserves, finding the right location, and using effective communication among other topics, and I still stand… Read more »

Kindness is an All-Year Action

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As my flight was landing at RDU Airport a few weeks ago, I was moved by the pilot’s unexpected parting message to the passengers: “Be kind to one another.” Our world is so volatile and “me centered” these days that kindness seems to be an elusive action. I suspect the pilot’s words were appropriately suitable… Read more »