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  • Closing a Meeting with Energy and Commitment

    Posted July 31, 2018
    When leaders aren't closing a meeting by reviewing accomplishments, addressing feelings and committing to next actions, meetings don't succeed. learn more »
  • Leading Meetings: A Plan for Success

    Posted July 3, 2018

    Please, not another meeting! Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash

    “Wasted time”, “Redundant”, “Nothing is accomplished” and “No clear purpose;” these phrases appeared on sticky notes after I’d asked participants to post a meeting complaint. The question was asked as a part of a facilitation training I conducted and…

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  • Customers: Knowing is Growing

    Posted May 25, 2018

    Not knowing customers is messy business. Photo by Phad Pichetbovornkul on Unsplash

    You may be thinking; “Of course you know your customers or you wouldn’t be in business.” Now, if your business is consistently growing, you could be right. If growth isn’t happening, let me share some advice.

    Many…

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  • Stress and Success: A Conflict Primer

    Posted April 13, 2018
    Prior to acting on a conflict, understand the basics of conflict and stress. Here are three pre-requisites to approaching conflict and why good facilitation of conflict matters. learn more »
  • Better meetings ahead

    Posted March 23, 2018
    Well-planned and well-facilitated meetings give energy and clarity. My most successful meetings have been where I’ve spent nearly as much time in planning as in the meeting itself. Positive meeting outcomes are achieved because of preparation and maintaining meeting tempo. learn more »
  • Carrots: Good for Your Eyes; Not Your Employee Motivation

    Posted March 15, 2018
    Do you ever ask yourself, “Why can’t I get my staff to [fill in the blank]? I used to be able to get them to do things fairly easily but now it’s so exhausting.” Consider that you might be practicing the “carrot and stick” method of motivation and influence. learn more »
  • Evolve to Become Your Best Business

    Posted March 7, 2018
    Your typical customer of today will not be your typical customer of tomorrow in who they are or how they behave. Avoiding this reality will do you no good. But, it might give your competitors an advantage over you. learn more »
  • Why is Mister Cool's Cool?

    Posted February 19, 2018

    How does a small, Main Street business compete for customers in our online, ever-connected and exaggeratedly competitive world? Every business needs to evolve with the times; so the answer isn’t easy but it is fairly simple. Let me use a recent suit purchase at my local men’s clothing store,… learn more »

  • Make Anavah Your Compass

    Posted February 14, 2018

    Original post appeared on LinkedIn September 18, 2017. Photo credit: Josh Bis on Flickr.

    People frequently ask me the meaning behind the name “Anavah Consulting,” and I address this question here because the answer reveals my approach to business. I found the word “Anavah” while reading one…

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  • Plan now for a successful 2018

    Posted December 19, 2017

    Working with small business for over fifteen years, I’ve seen the high level of resistance to planning. With so many day-to-day tasks to complete, taking time to plan ahead can be a daunting – seemingly impossible – idea. In an article I wrote for the November/December 2017 issue of Archery… learn more »