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What is your Communication preference

What is your Communication preference

Over the past 12 months of 2020 there is one thing which is certain, communincation both the good and the bad, the rational and irrational were conveyed in various ways. As a result of this communincation, we formed views, opinions and plans based on what and how information was communicated.

As we learn from how we took in information and used this in our daily lives it is important to understand what preferences we have for gathering and receiving information. We must also understand and appreciate that others have their preferences. As leaders, if we are not taking the time to craft our communication such that the intended end result is not just received but heard and understood then we are doing those on the receiving end a disservice.

Depending on your communication preferences you may be of the nature to like very direct and to the point language. Conversely to that type of communincation it is not well received by those who prefer a more reflective approach to the receipt of information. If as the business leader you dismiss how others will best receive direction or input, your delivery of data points fall on deaf ears before you even get started.

Maybe you are very outgoing and like to have this type of energy based communication. This meets with your needs. What if the person you are speaking with prefers a much more reserved approach to the conversation. Have you just shut down the opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue?

Let’s say that you are engaging a fellow colleague and you have prepared and laid out your communincation and intend to deliver your points in a very steady and routine way. All sounds very good unless the recipient is a much more dynamic communicator. Your detail and pace may make them wander away from what you are saying.

As a business leader you took some risk at starting or continuing the business you are leading. When you communicate you tend to be a bit pioneering or cavalier in your approach. You feel this is what got you to this point so why pause and consider the other side of the communincation process. Well, just maybe, your colleague needs a more precise or detailed explanation and not just power words and phrases.

We don’t have to look to far back to the election cycle of 2020 to find examples of each of these various ways of communication. In many cases the way the candidate spoke to their constituents or potential constituents caused people to either engage with them or directly pushed them away. This communincation stuff is not just real. It is critical to the future of your organization.

People inside the sphere of your business are paying far closer attention to not just what is said but how the message is delivered. Your take away for this week is that you may want to consider 2021 to be the year that you pause before you open your mouth to communicate. Give consideration to not just what you are about to say but to who it is being conveyed. What will help them better take in your message and to then take action upon it. Do they need direct information or possibly a more reserved approach? Yes, it takes a little more time and yes focus on the communincation process itself. The reality is, how often do you need to communicate a second or third time to move the effort in the right direction? Save all that time by doing it right the first time.

As you seek out your Communication preferences and those of others, JKL Associates is here to give you a hand. Don’t guess! Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and let us help you in your journey.

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A moment of Thanksgiving

A moment of Thanksgiving

At this time of year, JKL Associates would like to extend a warm heart felt Thank You to all of our readers, clients, colleagues, friends and supporters who have entrusted in us over the past year. It is all of these relationships which ultimately define our purpose.

May each of you enjoy some special time with loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday.

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You must be vulnerable to be authentic

You must be vulnerable to be authentic

Ever had the experience where you felt like you were totally and completely exposed without anything to give you cover?

It is not a place I wish upon anyone.

On the other hand, if we are not true to ourselves and allow ourselves to have some vulnerability then we will never understand or appreciate our true being. We cannot be genuinely authentic unless or until we recognize where we are vulnerable.

It is very challenging for many leaders to think in these terms because the outward expression of control, power, strength tends to cloud the inner depths of caring and concern. The emotional side of leadership is gaining more and more attention in the marketplace. You may have heard it referenced as “Emotional Intelligence.” The element of great leaders where they not just understand their emotional state and of others around them but also have a governed response to their emotional surrounding to better the situation.

It is in this inner place of emotional intelligence or emotional quotient that one can discover how they respond to a situation which shifts them at an emotional level.

Consider a situation where a team member drops the ball on completing a part of a project for a very important client. As the leader, you had outlined the expectations, and everyone agreed to the plan. Yet at the very moment of celebration the opposite event takes place when a letdown happens. How would you handle this? Would your response be that of a tirade of language and actions? Would you calmly address the immediate situation to prompt resolution? Would you fall somewhere in the middle of those opposite ends of the reaction meter?

The business environment and all of us inside of it are seeking a more balanced response to challenging situations. This is not to dismiss that the issue exists nor that proper action be taken for resolution but the approach to rectify will either enhance or disrupt the final outcome.

It is at these moments in time that we need to fully understand how vulnerable we are to sudden challenges and then based on how we respond will either validate our authenticity or completely flush it down the toilet.

This week should a challenging moment present itself, take notice of your emotional reaction. How did you respond and how did that help or hinder the final outcome? Be authentic with yourself when you give some thought to this inner understanding. Don’t focus on just the outcome but how you arrived there during a challenging situation. Did the outcome and everyone involved somehow be made whole? Did the challenge get resolved at the expense of someone or something? When looking back on the final outcome, how do you feel about how everyone involved was affected?

As you explore your Emotional Quotient, feel free to reach out to JKL Associates for some additional insights. Our toolbox includes some outstanding products and services to raise the level of understanding and appreciation for behavioral navigation in the workplace. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

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OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
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Begin Creating Trust

Begin Creating Trust

Trust in a relationship is not something that just automatically exists. You may have a sense that an individual is potentially worthy of being trusted but like respect it is earned through demonstrated behaviors. Trust is something that can take hours, days, weeks or even years to build but can be lost in an instant if just the right behavior is done or not done. Trust is as fragile as a piece of thin glass bowing and flexing as you carry it across a rocky terrain. It can also be as strong as a steel bridge connecting two individuals or organizations to one another.

As business leaders, each day your actions either back up your trust or place it at risk. I don’t suspect that you wake up in the morning and while drinking your morning beverage you even contemplate where your trust levels are with your team. If you do, congratulations, your time is well invested in your future success. If no then consider doing a quick evaluation of what has or is taking place in your relationships and see if you can determine the level of trust each one has and contributes to the future.

The first step in creating trust in a relationship is to identify what the parties to the relationship expect. It is going to be different for each relationship and what is the basis of the relationship. For example, when you hire an employee a certain level of trust exists that they will honor and show up for work on time and do their daily work duties. You trust they will do these. In turn they trust your part of the engagement and they will be compensated fairly for the work they contribute. This trust demonstrates one level between employee and leader. If that same person is managing the financials of your business, the trust that they will not steal or hide money from the business is a greater level of trust. You don’t expect either person to take from the business, but one has a higher element of trust do to the aspects of their role.

As mentioned, trust is earned based on behaviors and delivered actions. Taking our finance person, you may originally trust them with certain aspects of handling specific financial transactions. Over time as they demonstrate their trustworthiness, you expand their role duties, and the trust relationship expands. As you expand their duties and the level of trust on their actions, they in turn expand trust back to you and the business by not just doing their role but making sure everything is in its best order. Trust is not only created it expands which both parties in the relationship benefit from together.

This week take some time to look at the various relationships you have in life and business. What level of trust exists? What level should exist? Is the trust level growing or shrinking? What actions on each party’s part are contributing to the growth or decline? You cannot take trust for granted. It is a critical part of what each human being needs to feel complete and whole. Do your part to contribute to each trust relationship.

At JKL Associates not only do we believe that trust is key for all of our relationships, but each day we make a conscious effort to contribute to each relationship to expand the trust level. Desire a culture where trust is a live and actively present? Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
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Promise Guide Compass

Promise Guide Compass

Last week we explored the ECO Challenge and a number of things which we as leaders could directly apply to our business future success. We referenced the tool of the compass and how it has been successfully used for centuries to help guide people along their journeys in life. It was also pointed out that a compass has a true north indicator so you can mark your directional change from that baseline direction. These are not just good to know but critical to the future results as you find and use your business compass for achieving your final destination.

Today we share with you our Promise Guide Compass. The tool we use with all of our clients to help navigate to a more complete and direct path and outcome. Built on the framework of our Promise Culture methodology, (www.promiseculture.com) our Promise Guides use our compass to assist our clients in their navigation of the journey they are on. We do this first by using it ourselves on the path to build relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises.”

Please use our Promise Guide Compass to help navigate your life and business as you pursue your Big Journey, Big Dream, Big Idea. To start – find your True North. Your Purpose, Core Values and Principles which you will not violate under any circumstances. Solidify and hold true – Promise – to these key Guidance System elements.

From there move about with your compass doing exploration, taking action, collecting navigational feedback. You will need to discover the various roadblocks, fears and challenges which are holding you back from the next level of success. You will need to make adjustments, design new plans, seek new environments and take actionable steps to move forward.

As you journey, keep track of your progress, your direction, your results so that course correction, if needed, can be worked into your plan and adjust your map accordingly. Your journey will take you into places you are yet to discover and yet to fully understand the obstacles to overcome. The good news is that you are prepared with your compass to guide you along your best path.

JKL Associates is here to help you navigate with you and your business to accomplish great things. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida. You are not on the journey alone when you have a Promise Guide and Compass along with you.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
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Navigating to a successful outcome

Navigating to a successful outcome

I recently watched the series on the Eco Challenge Fiji – The World’s Toughest Race. Teams of 4 people from around the world competed in a grueling 11 day, 24 hours per day trek across the islands, oceans, mountains, and other various terrains covering hundreds of miles. From their website (https://ecochallenge.com/) here is an excerpt – The teams must navigate through the backcountry using only a map and compass. Smart phones and GPS devices are strictly prohibited. If a team loses a member along the way, whether due to injury, exhaustion, or disagreement they will be disqualified. Only teams that can work together under extreme stress and fatigue, showing a high level of expedition problem-solving skills will have any chance of success.

I bring this to your awareness not to promote your potential participation in such a challenge but to orient you to the challenges you face as a business leader which calls upon your skills 365 days each year, sometimes 24 hours per day. I also suggest that there are some key take away items you can apply to your future success and best outcomes.

The first is that these are “Teams” of people. This is not about a single person against other individuals. They start as a team and MUST end as a team. Think about how that plays out in your organization. As the marines’ say, no one is left behind. What would that attitude do to bring people closer together for a common cause and result?

Second, they start with a map. A tool to identify where they are at and where they need to arrive at in the future. Does your business have a solid road map of where you are at today and where you are targeting to get to in the future? Does the map identify check points you need to reach in order to verify you are going in the right direction? Do you make adjustments based on new information received along the path?

Third, the one tool they all had access to was a compass. A simple device invented in China between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD, in the times when the Han dynasty ruled. This tool has been providing navigation guidance to travelers based on the pull of the earth’s magnetic fields for centuries. Oddly enough, most people know of what a compass is, but few actually know how or what to use it for in their direction finding. Today we have access to hi-tech GPS which not only calculates best direction to an end location but speaks to us with navigational directions. So the question for you and your business is – do you follow either the compass or GPS to navigate to the best outcomes for your business or are you guessing your way through the forest of challenges?

Although there are many more things I could pull from this Eco Challenge, the last one for this week’s insights is that everyone does not win let alone complete the challenge. On the other hand, everyone who participates in the challenge grows better in one way or another from the challenges. This particular race had a team which was supporting an elderly man who was moving into stages of Alzheimer’s adding additional complexity to the team’s challenges. They knew going in they would be dealing with this and still took on the challenge. In your business you have known challenges and you forge ahead in spite of those roadblocks.

This week you are not climbing a physical mountain in the jungle of Fiji, but the path to progress might be like scaling a large slippery slope. You have decisions to make about the current path you are on. What options does the map to the final destination offer as alternatives? What feedback are you getting from looking at your compass? Is your true north – your core purpose and values giving you guidance on your journey?

As a Promise Guide and Business Strategist, JKL Associates is here to bring our compass and navigation skills to you and your business to assist in your future journey and direction. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and let’s take on your challenges together.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
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Does your communication have gaps?

Does your communication have gaps?

There are many evolving changes which are taking place in the business world. Organizations are restructuring the physical presence of staff. Some by the nature of their work contribution must be in a building to execute their tasks. Others can contribute via a virtual or remote work setting. Still others can contribute through a hybrid of both on premises and remote.

As these changes get worked out, the organization MUST address how these physical changes in location impact the roles of the staff and how communication amongst team members is effectively executed. I’m witnessing business making changes but not taking into consideration the impact it is having on communication. They are proceeding like the job roles and communincation will remain the same even though the redesign of the people interactions has physical gaps between staff members.

To some degree, business needs to revisit role descriptions and confirm or update to incorporate the changes in the architecture of staff contribution locations. This is not just true with the present situation which caused many organizations to move to a remote workers but equally so when technology is implemented and changes communincation workflow. Again witnessing the implementation of tablets to a remote workforce changes how communincation takes place. The concept of digital communincation is fine but the results can be less than desirable if not work flowed all the way through the organization.

For example, the service tech completes a work order in the field and enters in their time and notes of work provided on the tablet. This is then electronically set to the office but also to the customer’s email. Wow – sounds like a dream of stopping hard copy paperwork. Yes, that is a definite value but now the technician needs to convey a clean, neat, well worded description of work performed as well as work not performed. If the cryptic work detail is accepted by the organization, it is not too long before the customers are expressing concerns about work not done and being charged for or issues not being brought to the attention of them while the tech was on site. This now requires a potential return visit at the organizations expense – Profit just took a hit.

Another example is when historically a person would walk down the hall of the building and deliver some paperwork to a fellow colleague along with some conversation of what, where etc. was to take place with the documents. Today, in a remote work setting, the documents or files are sent in an email with a brief email expecting the same results as if the conversation took place in the office. As leaders we all know the saying about “assume” so let’s not accept that mantra. Even though location of talent may be different, we cannot accept communincation will remain the same.

This week if your organization has taken steps to either move to remote workers on a more permanent basis or have instituted more technology in the recent months, it is time to step back and review your communications workflow. Where might gaps exist and what needs to be upgraded to make the new communincation workflow most effective.

Mapping out role descriptions, communincation workflows and the like are critical to a well run business. It might not be your natural strength so give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida to discuss how JKL Associates can be “Your Partner in Progress.”

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
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Small Business Lessons Learned

Small Business Lessons Learned

The past 9 months have been a unique time for small businesses. Many were coming out of 2019 well positioned and the beginning of 2020 looked like a potential for record performance. These were the “healthy” businesses. At the same time there were many small businesses that were hoping for 2020 to repair their dysfunctional business. They were going to add some sales to the organization so they could survive. These were the businesses with “Pre-existing conditions.”

When the pandemic raced across the nation and various government decisions were executed, there was a toll on both life and business. Those people who had pre-existing conditions were hit the hardest. So too were the small businesses with pre-existing conditions. The media tallied the cases and deaths each and every day. Money was pushed at businesses and PPE and ventilators were pushed at people. In some cases the outcomes were outstanding. In yet other cases the outcome was tragic.

As business leaders we must learn from these situations. How many small businesses had or are gathering back a rainy day fund equaling at least 3 months of fully burdened operating costs stashed away to keep them alive in a crisis? Has your organization rethought how it needs to look at its finances?

Business is not going back to normal. The landscape has changed but like after a big storm. Buildings need to be rebuilt. Uprooted trees need to be removed and new trees planted in their place. This is true coming into 2021 for your business. Now is the time to look back on 2020 and plan for 2021. There are still a lot of unknowns but that is absolutely no reason to ignore what you do know and plan accordingly. In some cases businesses are just reopening. The footprint of their business is smaller so changes to the expense line must be smaller. Many of these decisions were made on the fly and needed to be revisited to insure the math works going forward.

There may or may not be additional government support so your plans need to accommodate for either outcome. The reality is that subsidies are not to be considered revenue replacement. They should be looked at as supplemental and needing to be paid back such as a loan. It makes you look at them through a different set of lenses. Consider viewing them as “Angel” investor dollars who expect a return on their investment. As the leader/owner, place yourself in the position of the return on investment using supplemental dollars going forward.

This week is the time to get to planning 2021. You never know all the variables but use what you do know and have plans to address the variables the best you can.

Need a Promise Guide to help you navigate into 2021? Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and talk to a “Promise Guide” about planning your future.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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Shout out to The Eccentric Entrepreneur

Shout out to The Eccentric Entrepreneur

A long time colleague of 25+ years has released his first book on the escapades of being his own person and his journey of being an entrepreneur. If you are an entrepreneur or small business leader you owe it to yourself to give his new book a read. You can pick it up on Amazon. https://tinyurl.com/y3rew7g5

Looking for a small business coach or as we call it – Promise Guide? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and talk to a “Promise Guide” about planning your future.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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Solving for “X”

Solving for “X”

Schools in one form or fashion are back in session. Maybe the education is being done in person or maybe a hybrid format or possibly all virtual. Regardless of the delivery format the education of future generations is taking place. If we take a moment to move back in time to our elementary or high school days and place yourself in the desk of algebra class we will all experience a different tingle in our bodies. Some of us might feel a sweat coming on because we disliked the subject. Others might experience some level of excitement as math came more easily to them. I call your attention to these experiences not to have you relive algebra class but to give you the opportunity to think about what solving for “X” was all about.

Math is about numbers and algebra was about finding the correct value for a variable. Although I was pretty understanding of math and algebra, it was not something I understood why I would ever needed it. I understood geometry and its practical application especially as I moved into becoming a journeyman carpenter and needed to layout stairs and roof rafters etc. Algebra on the other hand was just so out there it never clicked as to practicality of using it in my lifetime.

Boy was I wrong!

Yes, I did use the traditional aspects of algebra in civil engineering school along with Trigonometry and Calculus, but the real use and value of learning to solving for “X” is used over and over again in daily life situations. It directly applies to the operations of a business each and every day.

As a business leader each day some variables come at you. Maybe it is an employee who resigns or asks for a pay increase. Maybe it is a client who told you they would pay their bill but no check has arrived and you have your bills to pay. Any number of variables come up each and every day. So what do you do? You begin the process of solving for “X” in one way or another.

No, you don’t write out numbers with little x’s and y’s on a piece of paper and do the math calculations but you do set the variables in motion in your head. You start moving various aspects to each side of the “=” sign to make things balance out to potential a resolution. You just solved for “X.”

This week, thank your math teacher regardless of the grade they gave you for giving you the basics of solving for “X”. Then go out to your organization and pass it along – Help one individual to solve for “X” this week and have them pass it along. In no time your organization will have a team of problem solvers rather than a team of people just navigating chaos.

At JKL Associates we are committed to helping you Solve for “X”. By engaging a “Promise Guide” you can up your development through a personal one on one system of improvement. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and talk to a “Promise Guide” about your future.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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