Asher's Angle

Succession Planning

Last week one of my business colleagues related that, unfortunately, a neighbor in a 55+ community passed away within a year after his retirement.  New home. New community. Out of state. And a "basement dweller" used to label older children living with their parents.  This basement dweller was not a loafer, but has been facing physical challenges for quite some time.  How long? 15, 20 years or more.  Yet it was intimated that there was no succession planning for the wife [...]

Resilience Conversation: Communicating across Ever-changing Landscapes

According to an AFLAC Workplace Report (2016-2017), 47% of employees were at least somewhat likely to look for a new job in 2017. In the same report, 34% indicated their #1 business objective is "staying competitive in today's marketplace. This is a shift from "controlling costs" which was #1 in 2014 and 2015. Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky. The above wisdom, Sonia Ghandi's attempt at poetry, applies in manifesting conversations about today's [...]

Social Giving: Improving Our Communities

Carson and Mindy Coatney, owners of artisan Stick Boy Bread Company are celebrating 17 years of giving. With Appalachian State University as their neighbor, they have always been the first to thank the Boone community for their success. The Coatneys have been paying it forward supporting personal choices and responding to community needs. Several years ago I attended an award banquet sponsored by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce (NC) where Carson was the keynote speaker, where his words, something like [...]

Communication: Kind Is The New Bold

When I volunteered at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank in my rural community the day before Thanksgiving, my perspective widened. I was deeply touched by the owner of a small business working alongside his team of 20, packing boxes of 35 pounds of food which the team would then distribute to elders in the community. On my way to volunteer I spotted a 30-something, victim of circumstance, walking on the berm of a main thoroughfare carrying a box from the Salvation Army [...]

Instigation for Resilience: Tracking Wonder

This is the fourth year I have gained immense inspiration from the TrackingWonder's team's #WeQuest. This year Jeffrey Davis delivered on Map & Live Your Best Year Ever with visionary leaders and a community of change makers. Each podcast was replete with possibilities. From my home in rural North Georgia, 40 miles north of Atlanta's tech hub, near the Lake Lanier Olympic Park, I have been able to be part of a global conversation. The introductions alone in this creative community that has grown exponentially in the past four [...]

The Art of Resilience: An interview with Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

"Can we reschedule in an hour? My insurance adjuster just arrived," Life Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee emailed. "Sure," I replied before taking action myself to call a referred tree service for a second estimate to haul off an uprooted tree and grind the stump. Fortunately the fallen poplar missed my house but sent debris that crushed my shed. Minor damage compared to those in coastal regions and devastation in Puerto Rico and Bangladesh. Late afternoon found Rachelle, warmly introduced to me by marketing [...]

Resilience: Commerce challenged by nature’s wrath

Chip Cutter's article on LinkedIn discusses the challenges of Houston getting back to work "Merely getting to work is difficult after the storm damaged as many as a million cars in a city heavily reliant on them", Cutter reports. The distractions to productivity companies noted by Career Builder are compounded to the nth degree since Harvey. Where will empathetic and overstretched employers turn to sustain their businesses? What new business models will form after weather and workforce disruption? Resilience under-girds processes. It takes a village - a [...]

Business Interruption: Resilience after the perfect storm

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused severe disruption for giants, small business and solopreneurs. Are you still scrambling to get normalcy restored? Directors of operations are turning to freelance platforms to secure talent to update emergency policies. There they have to weed through application templates before finding the person with technical and communication skills who can step in as a team member. The challenge to meet the specific needs and avoid domino bottlenecks goes beyond historic resources. In Paul J. Argenti's HBR [...]

Diversity by Design

“They just don’t see.” “They just don’t get it.” My friend, a global coach, echoed these sentiments in our conversation when I shared examples of lack of gender or cultural diversity in a social media promotion. Our discussion centered on other blatant oversight in company, product and service portraits. The first pattern illustrated in an author’s promotional video of his next bestseller on the art of closing was the absence of a female sales leader though a good number of [...]

Coaching: What’s It Worth?

My mentor, Al Trembley, Principal - WSI Rainmakers, asked me in a deep dive, "What do you have that has deep meaning for you in your home?" Sans Antique Roadshow treasures, the first item that came to mind was a hand-decorated tile my father admired and purchased in Holland in the 1980s. I posted a photo of the tile on Facebook to which Shannonrae Mathes, a goat farmer and owner of Shannygans Farm, noted, "[There are] Stories being told on the detail", much [...]