We have all been guilty, at one time or another, of spreading ourselves too thin. It seems we have a knee-jerk reaction to say ‘yes’ to most things that are asked of us. But at what cost? Yes costs more than money, or even time. There comes a point when all of those ‘yeses’ are at the expense of our own well-being and reputation, and they make us less effective in the process. The old saying “jack of all trades, master of none” applies here. When we have agreed to too many things, we don’t do any of them well. What cost does that have to your reputation? Only when we are deliberate about what we give our time to, can we build a reputation of trustworthiness and effectiveness. It is better to do a phenomenal job on 5 tasks, than a mediocre job on 10.

In Greg McKeown’s book, The Way of the Essentialist, he discusses doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution. It isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about only getting the right things done. It is about regaining control of our own choices and where we spend our time and energy. By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of ‘less’ allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter. By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

Ari Meister discusses this concept in terms of life balance, in his book Less Doing More Living. One of his tenets is using upper and lower limits to trade quantity for quality. An upper limit is a maximum you can’t exceed, and a lower limit is a minimum you can’t fall below. For example, an upper limit of the amount of time you spend on email each day, and a lower limit of 2 golf games a month. Both of these limits help you trade quantity for quality in your life.

I recently joined an international mastermind group and one of the books we are reading and applying is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Yes by Greg McKeown. It has helped me immensely in being better at work and at home. More intentional; deciding what NOT to do so that I can do the things I choose to do better.

So, be deliberate about what you give your time to. Don’t be so quick to say “yes”. Think through the true cost of the “yes” and then you can fully commit.

Executive Coaching

A coach cultivates and enhances the skills and talent you already possess. Not so much a teacher, but more of an outside objective listener and truth-teller, the coach holds up a mirror so that you can see and improve your behavior and interactions and level up your leadership.

You may choose to work with an executive coach for a variety of reasons. Many chief officers find that the need to enhance their skills at conflict resolution is a key factor in the coaching decision. Increased confidence, improved self-awareness as an individual and in their role, and better interpersonal skills are other frequently cited reasons to begin an engagement.

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Strategic Planning

Traditional strategic planning is a comprehensive multi-step process that helps a business to formulate their vision and map out the strategies and actions that will take them there. A sound strategic plan typically includes establishing key elements.

RoundTable Consulting works with businesses and non-profits to develop all strategic plan components, starting from a high-level analysis all the way through individual action items. The end result is that your team is guided through the development of a full strategic plan with deliverables tailored to your unique organization.

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Facilitation

Professional facilitation helps individual executives or groups to identify and solve problems, come to a level of understanding about a certain situation, communicate concerns with each other for the good of the group, share new ideas and work together to build on them, and make lasting changes that include establishing clear direction and next steps.

Facilitation is a industry term used to describe an extremely compelling and effective way of working with teams and individuals that gives everyone an opportunity to be an active and engaging part of a decision making process.  Why is facilitation needed? Why is a facilitator needed?

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Vistage CEO Peer Groups

Effective executive coaching reaches a higher level when it’s paired with deliberate, thoughtful roundtable discussions with like-minded peers. That’s the powerful combination used in the Vistage CEO Peer Group model, and the reason why I have become a Vistage Chair.

Each peer group brings high-performing leaders together in a confidential, limited roundtable setting. Within this environment of trust, walls come down and discussions get real, especially when prompted by thoughtful, probing questions.

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