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Kathy Ziola2016 WAS A BRUTAL YEAR for relationships in this country.  With so much focus on political divisiveness, we took many steps backward in civility.

It’s time to repair the damage.

That’s why I was so intrigued by a presentation I saw this week from Kathy Ziola at the ICF Colorado meeting.

Kathy has spent many years studying and teaching about Compassionate Conversations.  As the head of Communication Works in Denver, she is dedicated to non-violent communication.

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seasonTO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON.

One of the biggest challenge that we have in directing business is to know when to hold the course steady, versus changing things up. In fact, you’re probably doing both simultaneously in different aspects.

As you know, I’m a fan of cycles, seasons, holidays, and the general rhythm of life.  Not because I’m easily bored, but because it helps to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.

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commitmentWE GENERALLY STINK at making commitments.  OK, maybe you’re fantastic, but I know that I stumble with this all the time.

And I’m not talking about flaking out on your New Year’s Resolutions.   I’m referring to how we rely on others around us to create a successful business.

I’ve been in a class this week called The Foundations of Generative Leadership.  Don’t be thrown off if the phrase sounds a little weird or even New-Agey.  This stuff is incredibly practical.

So let me unpack this concept of “commitment” in the business context.

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK that we have a very generous culture.  And we pretty much do, in many respects.

But we struggle with receiving gifts, especially at the personal level.

We have lots of ways to deflect compliments and praise:

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MissionTHIS WEEK I WAS HONORED to give a presentation for Fort Collins Startup Week titled Build Your Business on a Powerful Mission.  We had a great discussion and explored some really neat territory about mission-driven startups.

Feel free to contact me if you’d like to hear more.

One of the participants asked a really great question:  What does a mission statement actually look like?  You need to capture something with power and clarity when you’re looking for great partners, employees, and investors.

I promised that I’d expand on the answer to that question here.

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