A few months ago I did a little market research.
I wanted to know:
Who are my best clients?
I could do this very scientifically. And I could do it quick and not-so-dirty. My favorite research method is:
Follow the results.
Which clients come back, year after year? Which clients refer me to other clients and organizations? Which clients introduce me to their staff? Which clients engage me for different services? Which clients give me stellar reviews? And which clients create results that leave me breathless and inspired?
It was easy to come up with a list of a dozen clients who I love to work with.
And they share a dozen or so similarities.
A few of them stand out:
They resolve issues by reflecting on themselves.
They have the guts to make decisions that honor their authenticity.
They invest empathy and compassion in their relationships.
They are leaders in nonprofits and education. They value contribution. They choose meaning over money. They are driven by a sense of purpose. And they don’t accept the world as is, they have a vision of what it can be.
And that’s what they choose to spend their time and energy on.
They are, what Stephen Covey calls, “highly effective leaders“.
Their next challenge is:
To inspire their team, their supervisor, their Director, their donors, and other stakeholders to work together to bring that vision about.
To transform conflict into collaboration. To prioritize and focus on the big rock. To take a stand for the long-term vision, no matter the pushback from current circumstances.
In the last few years, I have been experimenting with how to do that. My clients provided me with valuable insights and wisdom.
As a result, my marriage is stronger, my family ties are more loving, my friendships are more joyful. And I am happier in my own skin.
My clients also created impressive results. Some left their job for a career that is more meaningful and financially rewarding with less stress. Others changed good relationships into even better ones. Others transformed their relationship with important stakeholders from an antagonistic into a supportive one. Another has more effective team meetings. And yet another changed their open-door policy into focused time to address important issues only they can address.
That’s why I decided to offer a new service.
For anyone who wants to get support to be successful in transforming their relationships from conflict into collaboration. Or good relationships into even better ones.
And I would like your input for that.
Which questions do you have about communication and self-compassion?
Let me know which topics you would like to be addressed in the membership.