Category: Toes in the Sand

Paco Is On Twitter

Tweeting about The Paco Method @pacomethod for growing Restaurants, Bars, Food Trucks, Cafeterias and many other similar businesses that want to fill the seats and create long lineups and crowded stores on a consistent basis.  

Have you got any empty seats? No lineups, short lineups. Inconsistent cash flow. Few repeat customers.  The good news. It doesn’t have to be permanent. You need a managed system and the right mindset.

Follow us on Twitter here and join the conversation.  Ideas and advice on acquiring New Customers and Clients almost daily. 

Paco is on Linkedin too and soon a special community on Facebook.  More information also on this site here.  You can read more about The Paco Method here, you can Click this link to get started or you can contact Bob Rempel directly by email at “bob at bobrempel.com” and we’ll set a time to talk personally.  

The wise Paco might say to the question: “How Do You Develop A Loyal Lifetime Customer & Fan”?

“Get The Right New Customer First…Then We Start With The Method”

 

10 Reasons Why Teams Function At Less Than 100%. Yes Your Team Too!

10 Top Reasons Why Teams Function At Less Than 100%. Often Well Below 100 per cent.  Is This Your Situation? dysfunction_junction_cold_spring_ny_photowalk-e1339601940384Strengthen 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      bob_dec2015

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.

  1. Lack of explanation: there needs to be an initial explanation of the business case for change and the purpose of working together in a new way.
  2. Lack of envisioning: without a clear vision of what the future will look like there is nothing to go toward.
  3. Lack of resources: without buy-in as to what will be needed to get to the vision of the future, people feel they are only going to have one oar to row the boat.
  4. Lack of accountability: the need for a specific and structured way to make sure people say what they mean and do what they say.
  5. Lack of planning: must have specific team action plans and deadlines that are possible to reach, even if they have to stretch.
  6. Lack of encouragement: no procedures in place to close skill gaps and have extra training where needed.
  7. Lack of conflict strategies: no agreed upon ways to handle conflict so it does not simmer and fester.
  8. Lack of collaboration: ways to put diverse individuals together to find new solutions to old problems.
  9. Lack of inclusion: everyone needs to know the big picture issues and have a way to participate in adding their point of view.
  10. Lack of reinforcement: make sure that time is given for individuals to voice frustrations and concerns so they do not end up sabotaging by going behind closed doors.

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.”

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Hyatt says there are four things to do:

Remembering the critical link to Cconnection, here are four ways guaranteed to boost team engagement:

  1. Connect your team to the vision. When our teammates don’t understand or care how their daily tasks serve organizational goals, it’s nearly impossible for them to maintain interest in their work. People laying bricks stay inspired when they realize they’re building cathedrals. So take time to explain the why behind the what.
  2. Connect your team to you as their leader. People don’t work for companies; they work for other people. Often, folks don’t engage because their leaders don’t engage them. When leadership is faceless, two-dimensional, or dismissive, they lose interest (or never commit to begin with). It’s the leader’s job to go first—build rapport, demonstrate concern, and personally invest.
  3. Connected your team to one another. People stay engaged with their work when they are engaged with their coworkers. Toxic organizational culture breeds disengagement—emotionally healthy people will find their way to the door. Leaders should look for ways to cultivate mutual appreciation and create opportunities for positive shared experiences.
  4. Connect your team to your results. One of the most important things I did as a leader at Thomas Nelson was to begin regularly sharing our company financials. People could see what their daily work did to shape the quarter and the year. Transparency is a leader’s friend. Don’t be afraid to share the metrics and underscore the relationship between team efforts and organizational results.

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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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Your Business Growth Strategy Sucks! Heard that Lately?

News Update:  Beginning September 25 in Ixtapa, Mexico:  Crush The Competition, Hug Your Customers-Truly Hug Them and Embrace The World and Community Around You business/life transformational Retreats

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.

Unique Features:

-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.

Ready Now!

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?

 

Business Growth Summer Strategy Sessions: More Details Announced

PeterDrucker_ThePurposeofBusinessSummer 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.

Bob has a popular presentation for groups about business, organizations, and life called Sweet Spot Living & Managing.

Bob has a popular presentation for groups about business, organizations, and life called Sweet Spot Living & Managing.

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You, the Authority, the Opinion Leader, the Influencer.

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.

 

 

Platinum Plus Program For Leaders-We’re Beyond Platinum for 2016-2017

Sign up now and watch for upcoming announcements of our 2016-2017 program starting July 1, 2016. Review the details of the last program and think much bigger. Very exclusive. Life changing, Business explosion. With a major group event in Ixtapa, Mexico, winter 2017 and ongoing Coaching and Strategy weeks beginning July.

Email us at “bob at bobrempel.com”  for more information

This Dream Coaching Package For Your Business & Life Is Reality!

The best blues rock songs of all time?

Best blues rock songs of all time

Whippin’ Post, Free Bird, Stairway to Heaven? What does it matter exactly.  Great music all.   Follow the link and get ready to play about 60 or so songs compliments of Google’s coding work.

Join us in the conversation at our Facebook group and Like the Page so we keep in touch with you as our members grow and our plans get firmed up.

If you’re a blues or blues rock musician or group in Mexico, or if you’re in Latin America or the USA and Canada and want to come to Mexico we need to hear from you.  Just send us a message from our page.

We’re working on plans now for Blues, Brews & BBQ festivals in Mexico both at the beach and inland now.  Looking for the most viable locations.  First one is slated for early 2017.  Details coming soon.

The beneficiaries will be you the music lovers, the communities and venues that want to help us host, and specifically the children of Mexico. The major beneficiary of the festivals will Mexico’s children by providing technology in the classroom and other other key aspects to help Mexico’s teachers realize the full potential of their students.

 

 

 

Why Do Folks Want Cam Newton To Be A Good Loser?

I hated losing. In sport, in business. Strong competitive nature. It took an hour or more after the end of “battle”, so to speak, to come back down to normal and be easy to be with. So why are we holding Cam Newton to some standard, most of us don’t follow ourselves if we’ve been in competition.

Cam Newton stands tall when asked about walking out of his post-Super Bowl 50 press conference.

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MentorU by Realizing Potentials has a new project and is recruiting young and talented youth in Mexico. The program is looking for youth who want to be true partners and part own their own business while working in a mentorship and coaching arrangement.

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