The Truth About Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

We shy away from sharing or expanding into what we have to offer in the most obscure ways. We think that getting out of our comfort zone means doing something big, which is exactly what keeps us trapped and doing what we’ve always done. Finishing up lunch with a client at a nice restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, I kept thinking Read More >

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 >

No More Management, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, #Lead The Way

I’m not much of a political person. I vote, but I don’t follow politics, generally. That all changed for me as I inadvertently sat, stuck in my car, just blocks away from the riots on Monday, April 27th here in Baltimore. Having completely forgotten about the significance of this day for Freddi Gray and his family, I decided to cut Read More >

Let them SEE you Sweat!

What do you do when the intense pressure of success clashes with your better judgment of who to bring onto the team? Do you hire them based on their skills—or access to capital—or do you hope someone better comes along, quickly? Sitting across the table from me, Janet wrestled with the burden of saying “No,” or “Yes” to a potential 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 >

Community! – Podcast

Employees crave community and the vast majority of companies lack it. It used to be that simply having a job was enough to keep people happy and engaged in their work. They found community elsewhere. Now, employees – across generations – are demanding purpose in their work, and leaders who will help them achieve excellence in their careers. If they Read More >

The Cure to Ending Gun Violence

“The science is clear – relationships are at the heart of happiness.” — Misti Burmeister What is the key to ending all the shootings that currently plague our country and have people living in fear? Is it restricted gun control? Probably not. Eliminating violent video games? Unlikely. Perhaps the opposite – no gun control and rewards for playing more games? Of Read More >

The Ties That Bind: The No. 1 Way to Connect With Your Team and Customers

“Shared experiences, particularly those that are especially meaningful to us, create trust, teamwork and community.”— Misti Burmeister I’ve always wanted to serve food at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving, but on the rare occasions I haven’t been traveling during the holidays, my local soup kitchen already had more volunteers than they needed. Knowing I would be out of town again this Read More >

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

  “Asking for help makes us vulnerable, and yet through that vulnerability, some of the most magical relationships have a chance to form.” — Misti Burmeister Asking for help is not easy. Most of us worry that doing so will make us look vulnerable, weak or even desperate. Sometimes – and to some people – it does. But having been Read More >