General Business

  • Successful workplaces want you to give a f***

    Posted December 18, 2018 by mdoerr
    Emotions affect how humans operate and inspire every action. Using specific examples, this post will unpack why withholding emotions could be holding progress back.
  • Closing a Meeting with Energy and Commitment

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

    Posted July 3, 2018 by mdoerr

    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…

  • Customers: Knowing is Growing

    Posted May 25, 2018 by mdoerr

    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.…

  • Stress and Success: A Conflict Primer

    Posted April 13, 2018 by mdoerr
    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.
  • Better meetings ahead

    Posted March 23, 2018 by mdoerr
    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.
  • Carrots: Good for Your Eyes; Not Your Employee Motivation

    Posted March 15, 2018 by mdoerr
    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.
  • Evolve to Become Your Best Business

    Posted March 7, 2018 by mdoerr
    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.
  • Why is Mister Cool's Cool?

    Posted February 19, 2018 by mdoerr

    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, …

  • Make Anavah Your Compass

    Posted February 14, 2018 by mdoerr

    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…