Turning Around the Troubled Company

Turning around floundering companies requires effective management at all levels of the organization. But how is this achieved? What must management do to be effective?

Jim Burkett knows something about making the right things happen. He has turned around twenty-eight underperforming and troubled companies, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller public and private companies, throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Burkett has come up with a tool kit for turning around companies that includes:

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Measuring performance
  • Executing
  • Following-up
  • Real-time reporting
  • Problem solving

If you are facing the daunting task of helping to turn around your company, then you’ll want to join us for our Soundview Live webinar The Learned Disciplines of Management, coming up on July 29th. You’ll hear more about his tool kit along with practical examples of how turnarounds can happen.

Join us and invite your whole management team. And make sure to bring your questions to post for Jim to answer during the webinar.

What is a Responsible Entrepreneur?

“Responsible entrepreneurs are a special breed, seeking to transform industries and even society itself. They challenge and refine cultural assumptions, laws, regulations, and even the processes of governance. This requires them to do and think far beyond what is usually required of business leaders.” Carol Sanford

In Responsible Entrepreneur, Carol Sanford, one of the most trusted names in responsible business development, offers a blueprint for this new kind of business leadership, describing the means by which any entrepreneur can pursue a higher order of work.

Sanford maps this journey through four archetypes:

•The Realizing Entrepreneur:  Industry Game-Changer (Steve Jobs, Sarah Slaughter)

•The Reconnection Entrepreneur: Society Game-Changer (Richard Branson, Cheryl Contee & Kipp Baratoff)

•The Reciprocity Entrepreneur: Culture Game-Changer (Oprah Winfrey, Michiel Bakker & Annalie Killian)

•The Regenerative Entrepreneur: Governance Game-Changer (Larry Page, Jay Coen Gilbert & Shainoor Khoja)

We have invited Carol to our upcoming Soundview Live webinar, The Responsible Entrepreneur, to give you a better understanding of which archetype most aligns with your goals, so that you can learn how to grow your business into a powerful platform that can leverage change, and even change the foundations that create our most pressing problems and issues.

For entrepreneurs seeking to pursue world-changing results, or impact investors looking to align their capital with their values, The Responsible Entrepreneur provides the frameworks to build a business and to evaluate and direct investments to create the greatest benefit for all stakeholders. For anyone who wants to make a difference in the way businesses affect the world, The Responsible Entrepreneur lays out ways to make that aspiration focused and doable.

Join us on July 24th for our webinar with Carol Sanford, and bring your questions to post during the live event.

Is Being Busy Impairing Your Productivity?

In What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, business psychologist Nicole Lipkin writes “Keeping busy may make you happy, but at some point excessive busyness can overwhelm your coping capabilities. That’s when we become too busy to win. Excessive busyness can impair performance and produc­tivity, making you increasingly forgetful, fatigued, and prone to poor decision making and problem solving.” In a Soundview Author Insight interview, she points out there are ways to recognize if you’re too busy to win:

Being too busy to win speaks to the constant battle most of us are fighting in this constantly wired and connected global community that we live in. When you think about it, our brains are kind of like these shelves from IKEA. You set it up, and over time you forget the directions said you only can put 50 pounds on the shelf. So you keep piling books on that shelf, and tchotchkes on that shelf, and you ignore that the middle is starting to sag. You put another book on, another book on, then snap, and your shelf breaks, and you act surprised. Well, our brains are equivalent to a shelf from Ikea.

As we start piling more and more on, that shelf starts sagging. Most of us completely ignore the symptoms of that sagging shelf, and we keep allowing more and more things to pile up on it and inundate it. Some of the symptoms, which I’m sure you’ve experienced from time to time, I know I have, are let’s say going to the supermarket or store and completely forgetting what you went there to get, or rereading over and over the same paragraph in a book and retaining absolutely nothing or forgetting simple things, struggling with sleep, or struggling with staying asleep, and the list goes on and on and on.

The thing is, unless you have significant mental health illness or are struggling with a significant learning disorder, as humans, we’re supposed to be able to remember what we went to the supermarket for. We’re supposed to be able to read a paragraph, get it, and move on to the next. We’re not supposed to be in a chronic state of edginess or agitation.  These are the signs that our shelves are sagging, but most of us ignore them and chalk it up to just life. The problem is, the more you ignore these signs and symptoms, the worse you get. The truth is, and we all know this, you can’t be great when you’re too busy. A ball or two is going to drop. We just need to stop and pay attention, because the signs are very, very obvious.

In the interview Lipkin also expresses the challenges every leader faces and how to overcome them. She also talks about what causes “good boss gone bad” syndrome and how to self-diagnose. Soundview subscribers can log in to their online libraries to listen today!

Isn’t there more to life than work?

Have you come to a place in life where toiling away at work in pursuit of the American dream just isn’t worth the punishment anymore. Are you a professional who wants to feel more connected and fulfilled, a spiritual seeker who believes gaining wealth diminishes the sacred, an innovator being stifled creatively, or the person who wants to become the hero of your own story?

David Howitt, in his book Heed Your Call shows the way to follow your path, create a life of abundance and joy, and do your part to repair the world. Sound too good to be true? Then join David and Soundview on July 17th to find out for yourself at our webinar The 11 Tools For Integrating Business and Life.

Through telling his own story, along with those of other modern-day entrepreneurial heroes, David shares the principles behind his and others’ successes in eleven real-world lessons on how we can apply simple principles that help us weave business into our spiritual narratives and pour our souls into our professions. “By uniting artistry and analytics and integrating intuition with intellect, we positively affect the way we live and the world around us. Through the activation of creative principles, living authentically, and absorbing new experiences, we evolve from the radical integration of so-called disparate worlds. We birth a new reality and build a road map for our future.”

These are the 11 Tools Howitt has discovered:

  • Trust
  • Surrender
  • Empathy
  • Living in Now
  • Power of co-creation
  • Empowerment
  • Embracing Your Shadow
  • Integration
  • Invoking Your Archetypes
  • Universal Message
  • Universal Correctness

Register now and see how Howitt integrates myth, science, spirituality and business to find a way forward.

Reach Your Peak and Elevate Your Customers’ Experience

Are you looking for a route to help you realize your potential, a path to enable you to capitalize upon your natural talents, to help you reach your goals, dreams, and aspirations?

In our next Soundview Live webinar, Reach Your Peak Potential, risk management expert and entrepreneur Scott Addis looks at our progression upward–from developing skills to cultivating business relationships to earning customer loyalty–as an ascent to a mountaintop. He will take us through four elevation levels

Elevation I: Preparing for the Climb (Developing Your Personal Readiness)

Elevation II: Setting up Base Camp (Preparing to Present Yourself to Others)

Elevation III: On to the Summit (Focusing on the Customer Experience)

Elevation IV: The Final Ascent (Discovering Your Inner Strengths)

Join us on July 8th to hear about how you can reach your goals through Addis’ unique principles. As always, Soundview subscribers attend for free.