JSW Coffee Talk Recap…

Good Day All!

I hope you are all having a Terrific Tuesday in the second week of August. Over the past weekend, JSW Media Group held a session of its Coffee Talk. JSW Owner Jameka and myself discussed effective team building and efficient meeting strategies. For those that were there in person and  tuned in online, we had an awesome time. For those that were not there here is a quick recap of what we shared:

EFFECTIVE TEAM BUILDING STRATEGIES:

  1. A plan is power: make sure you have clear goals and objectives for the team you wish build.
  2. Continuing education is key: teams are fluid, as they grow, they must consistently stay cutting edge and developed.
  3. Communicate, above else: teams are relationship based, and the best relationships have honest/transparent communication
  4. Growing involves grading: reflection for the team and self-help the team thrive.

EFFECTIVE MEETING STRATEGIES:

  1. Have an agenda!
  2. Invite the necessary people
  3. Document the meeting
  4. Have a start and ending time
  5. Unless the meeting is virtual and requires technology, ban distractions such as phones, tablets, etc…

Starting or maintaining a nonprofit/small business is a lot of work. By following tried and true strategies that focus on success makes it a bit easier. Determine what size team you need based on your resources, scope and capacity. Make meetings fun and productive. And remember, JSW Media is here to help. Head to our webpage (www.jswmediagroup.com) or find us on IG/FB/Twitter @jswmedia, so you can find out when the next installment of Coffee Talk will be.

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle [@mrcradle on IG/Twitter]

JSW Coffee Talk…

 

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

Wow. It has been a month of Sundays since I have last written but it feels good to be back! And don’t call it a comeback…because we’ve been here for years. Working. Behind the scenes. Making sure our offerings and business model is sound.

Aside from me jumping back on the blog, we are back to hosting another one of our JSW Coffee Talks this month! If you recall, our Coffee Talk series are short business sessions that allow you to get personal with the Team and gather pointers/practical lessons for your small business or nonprofit for a small cost.

This month, we are discussing ways to build effective teams and have efficient meetings so you can grow and enhance your business. The link is copied below for tickets:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-talk-wjsw-media-august-2016-edition-registration-18490654044?aff=efbevent

http://www.jswmediagroup.com

We look forward to seeing you and helping you with your business needs.

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle –@mrcradle on IG/Twitter

 

The Process…

Afternoon All and I hope you had a great #MLKDay Weekend celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as some great NFL playoff football. Here in Charlotte, NC, everyone enjoyed both given the Annual MLK Day Parade and  Carolina Panthers won [and dabbed on em’…]!

Last week, I wrote briefly about the NCAA Football Championship and the two coaches that were on the sidelines for each team. Alabama ultimately won that grudge match 45-40 giving their coach Nick Saban his 5th National Championship. Winning 1 championship is cool but five? Now that’s just awesome. But how did he get there? And how does he keep winning?

Well, let me [and the latest issue of Sports Illustrated] clue you in on a little secret. Nick Saban is a believer in getting his players to buy into a collective unity called “The Process.” When you have a roster full of players/coaches/staff that are essentially individuals, the key is getting everyone on the same page that will lead them to success.  “The Process” relegates each person to focus on everyday goals or simple tasks. It eliminates the macro-big picture goals.

“When I first started this, I probably had the same approach with everybody and thought everybody should buy into that approach. Now it’s more the individual and what makes it happen for him, because success is always tied to action, but action is always tied to your thoughts.” Nick Saban

As nonprofit or small business owners, many of us fall into these or different thought patterns. How do we get our employees to partners to join us in the success frame of mind? Well, we need to find a “process.” We have to start with ourselves and determine if we are focused on the right things. The things that we can build success on and then transfer that to other people. For example, if we do not show up on time for meetings, how we can expect others to follow with different results? The “process” we determine for our business should be one that is personal and transferable. This evolution will involve some trial and error but that is how success is born.

Think about your current “process.” Does it scream success? Are you seeing the positive outcomes? Can those that follow replicate your steps? If the answer to all of those or any of those is no, you may need to reevaluate your “process” and the steps you are taking towards success. And as always, if you need help in establishing a process, please feel free to reach out to us here @ JSW Media.

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle [@mrcradle on IG/Twitter]

 

Travel Plans…

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of the NPP for January 2016! As I look back on 2015, I want to thank you all for reading, sharing and commenting on the blog during the past 12 months. While it has not always been easy to post in a timely fashion, it has been an honor to pour information and advice into your nonprofit/small businesses. So as we move into the first quarter of the year, my hope is that the JSW Media Group can continue to be a valuable resource for all of your business needs.

I want to start the blog off this year by sharing a short story. I am recently back from Panama City, Panama, where I spent my birthday and New Years Eve/Day. The trip itself was awesome and the food/culture was just terrific.  However, there were some small hiccups during the first days there. Sharing this trip with me were two friends from Atlanta that decided to fly in and celebrate as well. Well, while my flights were unimpeded and worry free, their flights and travel plans were not. Let me explain…

The flights from ATL were late, delayed and cancelled. To top if off, they also had their luggage delayed in from MIA. So when you talk about “travel plans”, this was the definition of having alternate plans! However, they made the adjustments, became flexible to the obstacles and came to Panama with great spirits. The issues that preceded them were not enough to completely hinder the week that was laid out before them.

Well, such in life it is with business. We will have “TRAVEL PLANS” for our nonprofit/business. These plans can include a smooth ride to success, great employees, unlimited donations and grand expansion blueprints. But we all know it is not that easy. There will be delays, lost income, bad employees and at times, reasons to scale back. Given this, we need to make sure in 2016, we have our nonprofit/business “TRAVEL PLANS” ready but also knowing that we need to be flexible. Things are going to happen that we may not like but that should not be the determinant in how we feel or the success that is coming!

Stay committed to your plan in 2016. If you made it through 2015, that’s an awesome sign that you can do it again. Remember, if you need help developing a strategic plan, please contact us @ JSW Media. Do not let the year go by without addressing the issues that plagued you last year.

Have a great start to your day and your year!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

 

 

Rushing to Red Lights…

Good Morning and I hope you are having a wonderful start to your Tuesday. It’s raining here in Charlotte but the sun is supposed to come out a bit later. We are 16 days away from the start of a new year!

Today’s blog title comes from a small phenomena that I witness [and I am quite sure you see it as well] from time to time as I am driving. It starts off with a person behind you in traffic. You may be doing the speed limit or slightly above but in no particular rush. The person behind you gets impatient and looks for ways to speed you up. Either they get close to your bumper or begin to switch lanes in hopes the person in the other lane will be a speed demon or get the hint and go faster. However it happens, they finally get past you only to get caught at the impending red light! All of that lane switching and impatience led them to the exact same place you were headed as well. LOL The red light. They just got there faster. And then you look at them just to see what all the fuss was about!

It’s very interesting to me to see people “rush to the red light.” As if getting to a designated area of stagnation is a true achievement. Myself, I have learned to enjoy the journey. The time spent getting to my arrival point. The red lights will be there. No need to rush to them! And I will not have others in traffic push me to them faster. I will decide how fast or slow I want to drive. But what’s even more interesting is when I drive slower and take my time, the lights seem to change as I get there, helping me avoid the long waiting time at the red light.

Take from that what you will. But in life as in business, we will have plenty of anxious moments, times we speed and many times where we get caught at red lights. The message is to not rush and be pushed to points of stagnation. You need to dictate the tempo and flow of your business. If it needs to be sped up, you control that. If you need to slow it down, do that instead. Only you know what’s best for your business. So let the others go around you and rush to the red lights. The funny thing is, by taking your time, you will be right beside them in no time and arrive as the light changes so you can keep on moving.

As always, if you need help with your business development, you can reach out to us @ JSW Media (www.jswmediagroup.com).

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

Organizational Culture…

Good Morning All and I hope/pray you are having an awesome Wednesday! We are in the third week of October, with Halloween right around the corner. Which will essentially means we have 2 more months left in 2015.  As we prepare to close out the year, the most recent blog posts have been about getting ready for 2016. So today, I want to continue that trend and make sure we are preparing correctly plus finding out if there is some retooling that needs to be done before January 1st, 2016.

Today, I want to touch on “Organizational Culture.” This concept is so important because it helps define what type of nonprofit you are or want to be. It also helps staff, volunteers, potential donors connect to the mission/vision of the organization.  Culture in society plays a huge role in crafting and keeping traditions.  And traditions are key for consistency, value creation and continued development.

Take a look at your agency or current employment assignment and try to determine what the “Organizational Culture” is. Is it one of empowerment? A culture that breeds gossip and deception? Or does it pass on positive traditions that invest people into the long-term goals?  The “Organizational Culture” that is created can speak volumes and determine possible successes and failures.

But alas, the “Organizational Culture” comes from those that are in charge. So if you are the Executive Director, Boss or Director, just know that it is a top down approach. If your staff is negative and back-biting, chances are they got that from you! And just the opposite. A leader that fosters positivity, openness and growth usually gets that back from those they employ or supervise.  So you have to ask yourself, who I am or who do I want to be as a leader?

“Organizational Culture” is one of the tabs that is hard to quantify but can easily be qualified. Word of mouth is powerful and you should pay attention to the things people say about your nonprofit/small business.  If you need help defining or understanding your organizations culture, please contact us at JSW Media Group so we can get you started on the right path!

http://www.jswmediagroup.com/

Thank you for reading and have an awesome day.

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

Why a Vision Statement is So Important…

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Good Morning All!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read and share this blog. Today, I wanted to share a quick story that will hopefully bring some perspective to you and your nonprofit/business as it relates to vision. Having vision is something we all need as business leaders, managers, executives and down to the interns that wish to move up the ladder to leadership positions.

Without vision, you will not have an idea of the path you wish to tread. It is the vision that coincides with the mission and the strategic plan so that the staff and donors know exactly why they do what they do!

Over Labor Day Weekend, I went out to Dallas to visit and play golf with my friend Eric. While the weather was particularly hot, we enjoyed the hours we spent hitting, chipping and attempting to make par. LOL For those that don’t know, I am new golfer having just started playing the game in March of 2014.  So my tenure hasn’t been that long and my experience is nowhere near PGA level.  I have some ok days on the course and then I have some very terrible days. Lots of lost balls and tons of dropped balls back on the course. During that hot Saturday, I found myself and my golf balls behind a lot trees. Yup, on more than one occasion, I would hit the ball directly behind a tree [see picture above.] So while frustration was setting in, I was also able to find the message in the moment and snap that picture.

While my ball was neatly tucked behind the tree, the flag for the hole was right on the other side. So even though I couldn’t see the flag, I knew where I wanted and needed to go. I may not have had the perfect sight but I had vision. My plan to getting to the pin was now going to be altered but that wouldn’t negate my progress. My journey would be a bit delayed as I hit around the tree and back on the fairway but nonetheless, I found my way. So, when you can’t see the forest from the trees, you need to have vision. A vision of where you want to end up.

Such in life, as in business, there will be times you hit obstacles, speed bumps or find yourself behind some trees. Don’t get discouraged. Focus on the end result and know that your flag is on the other side. You will need to take a step back, readjust your business plan and get the business back on the fairway. And once you are back on the fairway, you will see the flag! Hit your next shot there. It may take some time but it will be well worth it.

Hence the reason all businesses need a real and detailed vision and mission statement.  The Vision statement continually reminds you of where you want to go and how ambitious you need to be! If you need help with crafting mission/vision statements or comprehensive nonprofit/small business services, please contact JSW Media Group via the website:

http://jswmediagroup.com/

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle [@mrcradle on IG/Twitter]