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Posted by Bob Rempel on November 8, 2016
10 Top Reasons Why Teams Function At Less Than 100%. Often Well Below 100 per cent. Is This Your Situation? Strengthen Your Teams With Team Enhancement Ideas For Any Workplace.
When Teams Are Not Functioning At Peak Levels? You Feel It Everyday. You See The Signs Everyday.
I think of football. Clearly a team game. One of the greatest football coaches ever, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots defined team success very well. It applies to business, organizations or sports
“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”
by Bob Rempel, RempelGroup Partners
Most Teams function well below optimum. Far below optimum. This almost seems to be the norm. The expectation.
Is this your situation or similar to it? It doesn’t matter whether you are in a leadership position in a small or large business, a nonprofit or social enterprise, educational organizations or other organization, have a sports team at any level, or you have virtual or real teams or a combination of both. The symptoms are the same.
It’s something you’re feeling. You see it too.
*Measurable results are slipping.
*Deadlines are missed.
*Negativity about projects and customers seems to be increasing.
*People are not engaged.
*You don’t hear laughter.
*Attendance at voluntary events seems to be declining.
Are these familiar to you? Do you see some of these other symptoms:
*Lack of enthusiasm about core aspects of your business or strategy.
*Abandon ship thinking. No belief in the future for the
*No belief in the future of the business.
*Unsupportive of other team members and a me-first approach.
*Problem solving shows no energy, no creativity, no initiative.
In a sports sense, when I coached high-performance level athletes, we used to say the team member was playing for the name on the back of the jersey, not the team name on the front.
This is critical if you want a high functioning team at an executive level. I adopted the phrase in my executive management over the years that I heard from many of my capable superiors and leaders over the years.
“I trust your ability and talent, bring me solutions, not just problems.”
Contrast that with the following voices you could be hearing:
*Work life is Fun
*Work life is Challenging but it’s good for me.
*I like the people I work with.
*There are some amazing people here and I liked them more as I got to know them better.
*I’m excited about our new Project. I understand it and I think it will be great for the business.
*I like the people I work with. There are some amazing people here. and I liked them more as I got to know them better.
*I like (Leader’s Name). I don’t always agree with him or her, but I respect him/her for their knowledge and experience, their obvious hard work and dedication, but most importantly, how they at least listen to what I have to say. I don’t expect they will do everything I want, but I need to be heard.
Take a minute and think about situations where teamwork is never required or the team structure is not used. Yes, team performance is not closely monitored and maximizing team performance is not important.
Whether it’s Big Business, Small Business, Government from local levels on up, NonProfit Organization and Social Enterprises,
I’ve been a Team Leader most of my work life and a long time Team Head Coach in sports at high-performance levels. The best teams had specific qualities or lacked these qualities.
The Sylvia LaFair recent Inc article Top 10 Reasons Why Teams Fail And What To Do, summarized this best I feel.
Here are the 10 pitfalls to watch out for, as per LaFair. Turn the pitfalls around and add them to your team work at your business or organization.
Michael Hyatt says the key factor in dysfunctional teams is Connection. His comments are worth quoting in its entirety. “Feeling Connected in the workplace is absolutely critical. In fact, in my opinion, it may be the number one Life Force driving all positive growth in people, companies, sports teams.
In both cases what’s missing is Connection. If there’s no connection to the organizational vision, the team leader, other teammates, or organizational outcomes, then leaders will fight uphill battles on engagement every day.
But if leaders cultivate those connections, they’ll build teams that are enthusiastic about driving results for the organization.”
Hyatt says there are four things to do:
Remembering the critical link to Cconnection, here are four ways guaranteed to boost team engagement:
Lack of trust is a team-performance-killer if there ever was one. Combined with the corrosive effect of low-trust, lack of trust often prevents people from speaking up about performance issues.
So for leaders with concern about team performance issues, you need to go back to the basics or fundamentals as we do in most things when we have low levels of performance. This is certainly how we approached when I coached international and national level teams and athletes.
At the core, Teams are composed of Individual People. Take the time to really get to know the people on the team. As people, as individuals. Let the people on the team get to know the people on the team. Take the physical workplace out of the situation in some cases, but in other team growth actions, keep it in, because that is context.
Taking Action: Our prescription for you involves creating an experiential and growth opportunity combination for your Team Members. Create the opportunity for them to invest fully in the mission, strategy, and tactics for the future of the business, organization or team. Create the opportunity for a memorable experience and bonding where people at all levels truly get to know and understand each other and Connect. Hire a Coach for your Team(s), on an ongoing basis. Retain a Coach for yourself as the business or organizational leader
I invite you to review our “Crush The Competition…Hug Your Customers-Embrace Your Community” Strategy Retreats & Workshops for Leaders and Teams” in our favorite location, Ixtapa, Mexico. A real hidden gem and great surroundings for the best possible Retreat, we feel. We and our Partners, create customized experiential learning events for Teams, and hold open to all 3-day Workshops in early December, 2016 and mid January, 2017. Follow us or subscribe to get updates on our programs.
Sources Credit: Michael Hyatt and Sylvia LaFair
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Posted by Bob Rempel on October 12, 2016
1. You wear the Boss title and you just heard again a staff member say “Our Business Strategy Sucks”….”Our Teams Don’t Work Together Well At All”
2. You are going to learn to love “Customers” and “Community” all over again and your business and team will become part of the enlightened leaders and business with vision for the future network
3. Where else are you going to learn about what Narcos TV and Pablo Escobar can teach business Crushing the Competition and have fun doing it?
4. Crushing anything…with heart is fun…Crushing the Competition even more so. It helps you sleep better at night
5. Ixtapa is a “Serenity Now” approved destination and you’ll love our sessions on the beach just staring at the gorgeous sunsets and reflecting…but don’t think you can’t kick it up if you want. Because you will be doing that too!
To sum it all up: “I can’t take another gorgeous sunset and a cold drink, while I’m feeling that we’re really working to put some great plans in place to dominate our market, with a heart based approach, and grow for the future”….SAID NO TEAM MEMBER OR EVEN CEO/LEADER…EVER!
And there’s more:
Did we say these are fully customized events for your business and team too?
Did we say we do this virtually or live, or a combination of both.
Did we say the Rempel Team provides a full six months or more of support and our hands on with you, your business/organizaton, and your Team, after the Retreat-included in your Retreat fee.
Did we say an Early Adopter package for companies and organizations buying in before December 25, 2016.
Original Retreat Announcement and More Information
Posted by Bob Rempel on October 5, 2016
We continue to explore the world of Narco TV and the Pablo Escobar life to mine the nuggets for our semi-comedic presentation on “What Narcos TV and Pablo Escobar Can Teach Us About Crushing The Competition”
See our October 3rd Announcement About Our “Crush The Competition Leader & Team Strategy Retreats” at this link.
Yes, we know, we are exploiting a highly popular tv show that is drawing interest for many reasons: cartel life, Pablo’s life, the drug culture, Colombia, the reality, the history, 80’s, Netflix binge watching, the great acting. Business can learn from this as well.
Please also check these links out: More to come. We’ll share parts of our presentation here as well, soon.
The Real DEA Agents Comment on What Narcos TV Got Right
5 Lessons From Narcos TV
Exploiting Narcos TV Interest For Business: The Language Learning Example
We’re opening the Comments to you. What did you think of the Narcos show and what can business learn about “Crushing the Competition”
Posted by Bob Rempel on October 3, 2016
Business Coach-Consultant Says Narcos TV Show Will Help Him Coach CEO’s & Teams To “Crush The Competition” At A New Retreats Program Just Launched
Immediate Release: Worldwide
Contact: Bob Rempel
Address: Ixtapa, Mexico/Winnipeg, Canada
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Summary: Now Underway: Crushing The Competition Retreats For Leaders and Teams but in a Enlightened Way, with a Heart…and Community and World View…The New Enlightened Business Model Designed For Long-Term Success. Developed By A Social Enterprise Expert….It’s About Cause Marketing…Communication…Consultation…Customers…Competitor Intelligence…Then The Crush!
“Crush The Competition-Hug Your Customers-Embrace Your Community & The World” (The CHE Program) Retreat style experience and training has been launched by Bob Rempel, Business Consultant/Coach & Partners, to help business leaders and their teams win decisively at the competitive game, create far better strategy and tactics, and do it by using enlightened approaches, including Customer Engagement and Community/World Involvement.
The final program curriculum and choice of presenters is custom designed with attendees, however, Rempel, a 35 year business and non-profit leadership veteran from Canada, and social enterprise and cause marketing specialist, said we can announce now that a semi-comedic presentation on What Narcos TV and Cartels Can Teach Us About Business & “Crushing The Competition”, which will lead into the Epilogue, also semi-comedic presentation, Crushing The Competition With Heart And Ethics, using additional examples from Navy Seals and the New England Patriots and many others will typically be part of the agenda.
20-20 Business Vision For The Year 2020 & Beyond, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence, Keys To Making Your Business Customer Centric, Audience Not Content is King, Having Real Conversations with Customers, Turning Customers Into Fans and Advocates and Competitor Intelligence Strategies are also typically part of the curriculum program, he said, often in experiential ways. More details on content available upon request.
“The first thing we heard when we planning this is “””don’t just give us the same old stuff again that everyone else puts on year after year,”” said Rempel. We heard, ””Get creative, give us interesting content, inspiring locations, make us laugh, let’s be truly experiential, and don’t isolate us from the local community.”” We heard more, of course, such “don’t abandon us after you’ve got us started on the right track…”
This is our intention, he said. The Retreat fee also includes a minimum six-month contract and services arrangement with the client by the Rempel Team, Rempel said. You might call it their own “VP of Competition Crushing” and partner in progress, he said. We only win as consultants if we ensure that our Clients are truly successful with the strategy and tactics, (“crushin’ it so to speak”) and receive many times the value of their one time Retreat cost in revenues, reduced costs and enhanced image. That’s our team’s Customer Value and high ROI commitment, said Rempel.
The collaborative training and experiential 3, 5, or 7-day Retreats are custom styled for each Group, with locations and content providers to be set with Clients. Attendance open to teams of 2 or more with the best value for groups of 10 plus.
Where clients have no preference, home base for the events is Ixtapa, Mexico, regarded as the “home of million dollar sunsets”, by Tourism officials. A choice of full cultural immersion and palapa under the stars sleeping to 5-star beachside accommodations is offered. A CEO Only Leadership Networking and Strategies To Year 2020 Mastermind style event will also be held, in the next six months, with dates to be announced shortly.
The Retreat events are open to business participation worldwide. The natural focus initially is on North America and Mexico, but we will be promoting it broadly as well to Asian businesses wishing to create networks with North American and Latin America enterprise.
“At this particular moment, our crack research staff has determined that there are 153,049 businesses or organization operating worldwide where the CEO or Board Chair just heard or saw a comment, “Our/Their business strategy sucks” or a key staff member was overheard commenting or texting “We’ve got good people but we can’t pull together as a team”, says Rempel.
“Those numbers are with my tongue firmly planted in cheek he said. It’s probably much, much higher. We’ve got room to grow”
As part of our program launch and other promotional initiatives, we’ll soon be launching a Nominations page where employees and friends of these struggling companies, and even the CEO himself or herself, can nominate companies, organizations, sports organizations, and non-profits who should be “crushing the competition” but for various reasons are not.
“The training and experience have serious intent and lasting end results for the businesses who participate, but we promise much fun, other great experiences, and cultural immersion that will have a lasting impact on the individual team members. It won’t be just another Retreat,” Rempel concluded, “or we’ve failed”.
Media representatives can contact us for more information by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @bobremp
A further announcement will be made shortly on this site to announce the Business Nominations contest.
Businesses interested in more information can contact Rempel Partners at “bob at rempelgroup.com”
Posted by Bob Rempel on September 14, 2016
This is for you Ms Head of the Company, Ms Business Owner, Mr. Head of a Social Enterprise Non Profit, Mr. Sports Team CEO, Ms. Startup CEO….whereever you are in the world right now.
Some of you might be hearing these words right now.
“Your Business Growth Strategy Sucks! Our Tactics Don’t Seem To Be Working! We Can’t Trust Our Data-Are We Going Forward Or Retreating! Our Competitors Are Dominating. We’ve Lost Touch With Our Customers…and every other comment in the book when things just don’t seem to working now and you haven’t had any good news in weeks.”
Harsh words, yes of course, but in business, if we have any business sense at all we know inwardly when something is not working. This just “sucks like a Hoover “you’re saying to yourself. You might have even heard the “s” word from some of your staff, directly or indirectly. Then you take a look at the data. “We’ve got a big problem” seems to be written everywhere in red.
So what to do about this. Now. Immediately.
Announcing our “Crush The Competition, Hug Your Customers-Truly Hug Them and Embrace The World and Community Around You” business/life transformational Retreats in Ixtapa, Mexico or the destination of your choice (for large groups).
Part Retreat with enough downtime and also Wow moments to rejuvenate you and your team, and content and learning from top leaders, influencers and facilitators, with action steps and our follow up for back home.
Here’s a little flavor of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, a hidden paradise and a place we are proud to call home base.
Join us for a weekend, a week or even more in beautiful small town relaxed Ixtapa, Mexico starting September 25 and continuing through April 30, 2017 A special program working directly with small groups to create a high-value event.
Special Features of Crush the Competition Retreats:
-Customization Options: Agenda, Keynote Leader, Location, Language, Accommodations, Special Presentations such as Doing Business in Latin America
-Large Group (10 or more) Rates:
-20-20 Leaders With Vision Network Membership for 24 months with no fee annual Network Master Session in other great locations around the world.
-We Welcome The World: Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Mexico as well as North America. Ixtapa will amaze you. So will the content and the results.
-What Business Can Learn From “Narcos” TV…(comedic presentation)
-Spanish Language Learning, Cultural Immersion, and Local Volunteerism in Eco and Childrens’ projects
-Sunsets, Sunrises, Beach running, Music to move you, Fun as you define it/
-Full follow up with you and your team for 6 months or more with marketing and other business growth services included for Gold and Platinum. This is the most important aspect of all.
Weeks and weekends can fill up fast. A small deposit will hold your preferred dates through until April.
Special Rates in effect now until October 31, 2016 for all bookings.
Call us today and discuss the program with us and the customization options you would like, and automatically qualify to receive a copy of the new book “Hustle” by Neil Patel.
Send us a note below and we’ll get you more information on our “Crush The Competition-Hug Your Customers-Embrace the World and Community Around You” unique Strategy & Experiential Retreats in Ixtapa, Mexico.
They’re designed for real change and a leap forward in your business and life. Never again should you have to hear or think, “Our Business Growth Strategy Sucks” Are you ready?
Posted by Bob Rempel on June 30, 2016
Summer Strategy Sessions 2016 are all about business growth and increased through new and active existing customers, waking up inactive existing customers. It couldn’t be any simpler
Peter Drucker says, and I paraphrase, the purpose of business is to create and keep customers through demonstrated value, marketing and innovation.
Drucker’s name will come up often as we facilitate strategy sessions for your business or non profit as CEO, Owner, or Executive Director, or as head of your key Team members who are all in attendance. Similarly so will the term High ROI, Return on Investment, competitor awareness, and terms like evaluation, ongoing monitoring and analysis.
Bob Rempel, CEO and founder of RempelGroup Consulting and Strategy, and their Integrity Online Services agency will make a special presentation on Sweet Spot Management and Leadership, the title of a forthcoming book.
Becoming an Opinion Leader and authoritative spokesperson in local, regional and national markets is another key part of the discussion. Today the term Influencer is used widely to describe their presence and influence on social media and websites. All participants are also provided immediate membership in the 20-20 Group: Leaders with Vision Network created and co-ordinated by Bob Rempel, which includes ongoing coaching and training.
The luxury 5 star all inclusive hotel in a highly desirable resort location, and a very flexible agenda we create with you, will provide plenty of time for relationship building with your partner and/or your team of key Staff.
The whole process and event will rejuvenate you and your people or partner and prepare you a busy fall and winter seasons ahead as you implement the strategies that are developed here.
Summer Strategy Sessions start on July 1 in Ixtapa, Mexico and last for three months.
For more information please review our previous Summer Strategy Sessions announcement blog post or contact us by email: bob at rempelgroup.com Special prices in effect by quote for all July bookings and for all Team bookings.
Posted by Bob Rempel on June 30, 2016
Today I share a very basic but often overlooked method of building solid long term contacts. I’ve always hated cold calling. Selling at its worst, I felt. Most people are the same. [bctt tweet=”Never cold call again to steal a title from a sales book. Make warm calls.” username=”bobremp”]
My personal approach to it is simply look for current opportunities to contact specific individuals generally in your target markets where you can congratulate them on a recent positive announcement, promotion, even offer a referral. Make the connection by having something substantive to say, to offer.
Never ask for a purchase decision, even through referencing an event or a product you are working on it quite acceptable as long as it is part of the conversation. You’ll see opportunities in traditional media, in your social media and comments from friends and others. Phone or an email with appropriate non sales subject line work best. Reference other individuals you both know if appropriate.
Here is Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus’s article, “How To Make Warm Calls” and what he does. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisKubby
“Here is a very simple trick to make it rain.
Okay maybe it won’t rain cash-money upon you. I’m not magical, although someone did call me a wizard the other day. But this simple trick has helped me pick up new projects and keep revenue coming in.
You’ve heard of the cold call right? Well the warm call is just like that but…err warm. Let me explain. The warm call is about calling a prospect that you already have real contact with, at the right time. Here’s how I do it.
I pay attention on social media. Is that prospect interacting with me or my company? Liking my posts, commenting? What are THEY posting on social. Can I comment?
I make a call to them, a physical phone call – remember those? Phone calls might seem old school but they give you way more context and opportunity than email.
I typically get people on the phone right after lunch or early morning. Once on the call I make a light pitch, or I comment on something they’ve done. I deliver a clear, thoughtful and non-pushy message which basically says “If you need help in (insert your service), we can help and were doing it all ready for Company X, Y, and Z.
See no real magic here, just thoughtful and good communication. If you do this you’ll find people to be very receptive and you might sell something. Typically I end up a lot wiser than I was before the call because people will give you information such as new hires, perhaps they are changing roles soon, or when they are doing their budgeting etc… Make note of this information, the more informed you are the better position you’ll be in to create success.”
by Chris Kubbernus
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