Is it good to provoke people?

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.” Winston Churchill What comes to mind when you hear the word provoke? Most people have negative associations with the word. I like this Merriam-Webster definition of provoke: to provide the Read More >

When is it OK to Fire Someone?

Sitting across the table from Jay, a CEO with one hundred employees, I listened as he talked about firing Geoff, a member of his leadership team who was hired just six months prior. What went wrong? “The people on his team don’t like him,” Jay said. “They don’t think he knows what he’s doing.” I asked him what Geoff needed Read More >

VOICE Lessons From a Mermaid

 “The stronger your VOICE – whether intentional or intuitive – the greater your chances for provoking greatness.”— Misti Burmeister I could regale you with another story of a savvy business leader who adopted the VOICE model and transformed her team and her business. But instead, I’m going to tell you how Annie the Mermaid gave me a sixty-minute VOICE lesson I’ll Read More >

Are Your Employees Watching on in Silent Disbelief?

“Employees become disinterested in the company, because the company is disinterested in them.” — Misti Burmeister It’s no surprise that hard working, loyal, creative team players work best for companies whose leadership has a strong and compelling VOICE. On the flip side are the companies whose VOICEs are meek and muted, and whose employees come and go unnoticed. At this company, success Read More >