VOLUME 1: AUGUST 4, 2005
Grab yourself some hot coffee, put your feet up on the desk, and enjoy
this FIRST issue of The Creative Edge Newsletter.
It is my goal to bring you great information on a variety of areas that are
important to the success of your business.
I will provide you with
articles covering three primary areas of importance to your business...leadership
development, organizational development/culture, and business strategy.
Along the way, you will find guest articles, special interviews, and even an
invitations to free teleclasses just for subscribers to this newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE
Building Strong Leadership Skills
An interesting book on marketing
additional articles, reports, and other things that you might find useful.
Free teleclasses...how can you NOT look at the section.
-It's Your Turn
you think about this issue? What questions do you have?
I have to admit I wasn't completely sure how I
was going to start out this first new issue. It has been a while since
I've talked with many of you and I have so many ideas that I want to send your
way. I thought that
maybe I would talk about stress in the workplace, but that just led to more
tension. Then I thought about doing an article about teamwork...but the timing
So, what do I do...well I went and started packing.
Yes, packing my clothes for an extended trip away from my home in Menomonee
Falls. It reminded me of a recent trip I took. It was a seven day trip into the boundary waters of
Minnesota/Canada with my son and his Boy Scout troop. It was an
opportunity to spent time canoeing and camping with nine others in the middle of a
remote area. So, now you are wondering what is the article of
choice...it's on leadership development but with some educational thoughts from
my trip. So read on...and enjoy my "wilderness insights."
Please note that the first two issues will be a
little light in some areas...but wait until we get to issue three. This is
only the start.
President, Innovative Business Resources, LLC
Building Strong Leadership Skills
Developing the skills to be successful at work
and in life takes time and lots of effort. Our lives are so busy with
family, children, friends, our hobbies...that we often don't take the time to
assess our abilities. We don't take the time to evaluate what we are good
at and what we need improvement on. We don't take time to develop a
"action plan" to help us set new goals and to achieve them. AND,
we don't find a "change partner" who can encourage us, support us, and
challenge us to reach new goals.
We often say that we are too busy -
and we are often times very busy - but that is just a good excuse to avoid looking
at updating or skills. It is always easier to stay in a comfort zone than
it is to make changes. We've heard the saying "move outside the
box," but we never really develop a clear understanding of what that box
represents. There are many positive and beneficial skills within the
comfort of the box, and yet we still need to challenge ourselves by stepping
outside of the box. So, what does the box represent for you.
When I coach executives and managers, I am
looking for new ways to challenge them. I want the candidate to take on
new roles at work, try them "on," experience them, and the come back and review
the results with me. I ask them to find a "change partner" who
can be an active, supportive person in helping them add new skills. I have
them develop a "blueprint" that describes the goals for the next few
months. In addition, I become the ultimate cheerleader...cheering on every success.
New managers, veteran supervisors, and senior executives all benefit from the coaching because it
challenges them to look at their beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors in a new way. It
encourages change from the inside to the outside. That type of change
lasts a long time.
This leads me to an interesting
story. I've been watching my son mature over the past
two years and there is never a dull moment. One of the ways he continues to challenge himself is through
the Boy Scouts of America. He and I recently went on a canoe trip into the
Boundary Waters of Minnesota. He had
many roles during the trip such as navigator, cook, dishwasher, but most
important was his role as a team member.
There was a crew leader,
assistant leader, food coordinator, and an equipment coordinator. In
addition, every day a different teen took over as navigator. The
adults were there to monitor, assist, encourage, support, and to be the
ultimate cheerleaders for these young men. In the middle of the
wilderness, with compass and map, this crew of nine learn to work together, to trust one
another, and to work toward a common goal. And I was excited to see
these boys (and adults) challenge themselves to find new resources within
Take ten minutes today and start thinking about
what you need to work on to be a better leader at home and at work. Let me
know how it works out.
Copyright 2005 Michael T. Bauer All Rights Reserved
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I just finished reading a very interesting book
on marketing and advertising called Monopolize Your Marketplace by
Richard Hershaw, CEO of Y2 Marketing. I've read my share of marketing
books, but this one provides a very practical look at how to separate your
business from your competition. I appreciate that it wasn't focused on
providing me with theoretical concepts that are great in the college classroom,
but more difficult to use in the real world. This is one of those books
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It pushes you to consider how you educate your clients and potential
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While one of my goals is to keep this newsletter very concise, I also want to
provide as much additional information to you about issues that impact family owned
business, professional service firms, non-profits, and small businesses. In the next few weeks you will have
an opportunity to receive additional information by email. Keep your eyes open
to this section to find out when information is available.
This is the one area of the newsletter that you
don't want to skip over. This is where YOU find out how to sign up for the
next free teleclass that we are offering. The teleclass will only be
offered to subscribers to this newsletter. I plan to do two teleclasses a
month - one teleclass will focus on leadership development issues and the second
one will be an interview with an expert on a variety of issues that can help
your business grow. Our experts work in the areas of HR, incentive
programs, public relations, marketing, advertising, and copywriting and much
more. And you will have a chance to ask our guest a few questions.
We will let you know more in the next few issues.
IT'S YOUR TURN
What did you think about this issue? Did you find
something in the issue that you could use? Maybe you have a question you
would like to ask. Your comments are extremely important to the ongoing
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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Michael Bauer is the President of Innovative Business Resources, LLC, a
management consulting firm that focuses on unlocking the creative potential
in individuals and organizations tm. Michael directs his energy
toward helping organizations develop their leaders, strengthen their teams, and
energize their cultures. He is also a Principal with The Global Consulting
Partnership, a partnership with over 250 consultants throughout the United
Innovative Business Resources, LLC provides a wide range of consulting
solutions for human resources development and organizational development. These
solutions are individually tailored and apply to all sizes of businesses.
Michael enjoys working with family-owned and privately held organizations,
non-profits, service-based firms, and small business owners/entrepreneurs.
Contact Information: Michael Bauer, Innovative Business Resources, LLC,
N88 W17966 Christman Road Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. You
can find more information about Michael and IBR through our website at http://www.creativeleading.com
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