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All Lives Have Equal Value

December 19th, 2016 // Tom Doescher //
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In the past year, I had the good fortune of watching an interview with Melinda Gates. WOW!!! The title of this blog is her and Bill’s mantra, and it’s what drives the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda, who refers to herself as an introvert, is making an enormous impact worldwide. (By the way, she grew up in a strong, faith-based middle class home in Dallas, attended an all-girls Catholic high school, and then went to Duke and received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA.) She left Duke to join Microsoft, where she was leading a large team, but elected to leave after 10 years to be home with the couple’s three children. She was very refreshing to listen to.

In addition to caring for the children, she runs the foundation, which employs 1,400 people. Another Wow. What they do all over the world is amazing, and I’m sure overseeing such a large enterprise creates a lot of pressure and stress. However, if I were her, my biggest stress would be caused by the responsibility of appropriately utilizing Warren Buffet’s fortune, most of which has been pledged to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That’s a Wow, Wow, Wow.

I’m sorry, I just needed to get her story out there.

So now to the business idea. When Melinda and Bill got involved with various causes, she said they were surprised to find out that very little accurate data — or even the measurement of important issues — was available. She then went on to recite a list of the data that she receives regularly and uses to determine the impact of their philanthropic investment; one example is that she gets a monthly report on the status of polio outbreaks around the world (one of Bill’s passions is to eradicate polio from the earth).

As I was listening to her, I thought of many companies whose leaders make decisions without good data. Money is spent based on anecdotal information, personal opinions, what a couple of customers said, and a myriad of other subjective sources.

If Melinda can get data on polio from some remote African village, I’m sure companies can retrieve useful data. It’s not easy, but it is possible.

Are you collecting the key data and metrics that will enable you to give your clients/customers what they “really” want, and then providing it in a profitable way?

Doescher Advisors Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

December 12th, 2016 // Tom Doescher //
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It’s hard to believe Doescher Advisors is celebrating our five-year anniversary. Pinch us! We are so blessed. As we’ve told many of you, we’re living the dream.

If you’re a client, former client, someone who has referred a client, or someone who has helped us, we sincerely thank you for the trust you have placed in us. We are humbled, and it has been a privilege to serve you.

tom-barbara-5th-anniversary-croppedHere are a few factoids from our first five years:

  1. We have served 40 executives from 25 companies. Currently, we meet monthly with 15 executives.
  2. Both of us have joined business networking groups, which have been very beneficial.
  3. We have posted 160 blogs and 24 Food for Thought (FFT) articles, which are now read by more than 200 subscribers.
  4. We have connected with more than 700 business executives through LinkedIn.
  5. We have administered dozens of LFYS assessments.
  6. We have read more than 75 business books, from which key takeaways have been summarized in our blog posts or FFT articles. Our readers have told us this is a nice service that saves them time.

As you know, our passion is for helping businesses increase profits and jobs. To that end:

  1. At no charge, we’ve helped more than 90 people with job interviews (including interview prep); business referrals; career counseling — some early in their careers, and others who have felt like they needed to make a mid-course correction; and gratis meetings to provide second opinions on important business decisions and strategies; and we’ve conducted meetings with executives who just needed someone who understands to listen to them.
  2. We introduced 10 people to companies that became their future employer.
  3. We placed three interns, two of whom were offered and accepted full-time positions.

A special thank you to Ken Kunkel, Dan Doescher, Jennifer Ballarin, Ellen Krugel, Demoree Elbing and Anne Daughtery whose assistance and support have been invaluable.

We are so appreciative of you and, in the years ahead, we pledge to strive to continue earning your trust so that we can serve you and those you refer to us.

Merry Christmas, Tom and Barbara

The Lenses of Leadership

December 5th, 2016 // Tom Doescher //
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Once again this past year, I had the privilege of hearing Bill Hybels speak at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. This time, he talked about the four leadership lenses and the important role they play in leading your team “from here to there” (Bill loves to use this metaphor).  The following are my takeaways:

  1. Passion Lens — Find and fill your passion bucket. Are you excited about the future and where you’re going? Is your dream as big as ever? How full is your passion bucket? Here are a couple of suggestions of things you can do to fill the bucket: Hang around or meet passionate people/leaders, and read books written by or about passionate leaders.
  2. People Lens — How are you doing with your team? Bill said if there’s a high level of trust among team members, there will be high levels of performance. Editorial comment: I talk about this subject frequently in my blogs, so I’ll only say that there’s a lot of value in his strong suggestion to have an outside firm measure your team’s “health.”
  3. Performance Lens — Bill’s main point here was that it makes a real difference when you have clear, achievable goals for your team members, and it’s important to let them know how they’re doing. They want to know and they deserve to know. He also recommended using a color-coded system that many of you are already aware of, which he labels as follows: Green — Thriving; Yellow — Healthy; Red — Underperforming.
  4. Legacy Lens — What is your legacy? What will people say about you when you’re gone? If you perceive that it’s not what you want, then do something about it and make some course corrections.

You may want to reflect on this list and set a few personal/business goals.

Bill closed by saying, “Leadership matters and we should never stop getting better!”

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