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You might be more off-track than you realize. Here’s how to tell.

January 20, 2021

Are your rocks on track? No, but are they really on track? How about your team’s rocks? They might say they’re on track, but there’s a common tendency in rock reporting that can mask a serious problem, even among well-intended team members. It might be happening right under your nose. We’ll get to that in a minute. But let’s back up a bit first. Anyone familiar with the EOS process understands the importance of reporting on rocks. Quick refresher: rocks are strategic priorities for a company, a department, or an individual. Rocks are an essential way to cut through endless to-do lists and focus…

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Things I’m Grateful for in 2020 (yes, really!)

December 28, 2020

For many years, I dismissed the whole “power of positive thinking” thing as a bunch of fluffy nonsense. And then, like a lot of truths, I started to believe it when I realized that the idea is rooted not in 90s self-help books but the bible. In Philippians 4:8, Paul is writing a letter to a tiny church in the city of Philippi (FILL-uh-pie, for those of you keeping score at home), and says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is…

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Reflecting on Trends from 2020

December 22, 2020

If you’re like me, you were sick of the word “unp*******” (I can’t even bring myself to type it all out) by about April.  My neighbor, who studied politics and history in college, told me “in the future, there will be people doing their entire PhD dissertation on just one quarter of 2020.”  I don’t doubt it – although living through it once was plenty for me, thank you very much, and I for one will not be reading those dissertations. I know that 2020 has been tragic for millions of people, between lockdowns and social unrest and distance learning…

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Helping you Navigate Challenges to find Growth and Momentum

July 16, 2019

Being a business leader is hard work. You’ve gotten this far, so obviously, you are doing something right.  But, now you’ve may have reached a point where you’ve hit the ceiling and need help to navigate what’s next. Whether it’s a struggle with your vision, your people, or your systems, you need a business development coach to guide you in finding the path forward so you can reach your goals. We get it. At Mile One, we’ve worked with dozens of companies that want to grow but don’t have the right tools to get them there. Mile One, led by…

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Questions to ask when interviewing a Leadership/Team Coach

July 16, 2019

Like most new things, getting started can be awkward and clunky. When I get calls from leaders who need help, they are often unsure of where to start or what information to ask for. On this post, I offer you four questions you should ask when interviewing a Leadership/Team Coach, and things to listen for in their reply. Question 1: Who do you serve? While coaches can work across industries, most specialize to some degree. If you aren’t in their specialty area, proceed with caution. Coaches work most effectively in and amongst businesses that they know the best. Question 2:…

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Components of a Powerful Business Development Workshop

April 29, 2019

Most of the people I work with have higher education degrees. In undergraduate and graduate school, we are taught to think about things from lots of angles. Complex thinking and academic-level knowledge is rewarded. Because our brains have been trained in this way, it is frequently easier to understand and describe our business development ideas in complicated terms and lengthy explanations. Plus, every member of the team focuses on their individual role, rather than the whole. The French philosopher Blaise Pascal famously wrote, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” It is hard to simplify these concepts and ideas…

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