Teach Your Team To Be Accountable

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Do your employees know that you expect them to be accountable? Or do you avoid addressing accountability because you want to avoid confrontation?  If you teach your employees to be accountable they will feel more productive and if they are then adding…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at GDCC Solving problems lies at the very heart of doing design. Clients come to us with a set of problems. For whatever reason, their homes or businesses are not working for them, and they want us to make them better. We provide them with design solutions to…

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What Is Your Business Culture Like?

If you were to conduct a 360-degree evaluation of your business, what words would your employees, vendors, service providers, and clients use to describe your firm’s organizational culture? Empowering? Supportive? Welcoming? Responsive? Or, controlling? Micromanaging? Hierarchical? Toxic? When it comes to key interpersonal success factors—such as communication, trust, loyalty, respect—organizational culture trumps policies, pronouncements and…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: @bakerbroductions There is a story you may have heard of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO and Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Two skills every successful designer needs are time management and the ability to concentrate in the midst of chaos. Without them you can easily find yourself overwhelmed by all the demands being placed upon you. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the key…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: DesiLu Photography You know how diet and exercise plans always include the caution to check with your physician before beginning any new program? Well, the same thing applies to doing your annual business planning. You don’t have to consult your doctor, of…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: @bakerbroductions Good leaders may be independent and hardworking but they know that they can’t reach true success alone. Effective CEO’s know that it takes a team effort for their company to reach success, and even more importantly, they are not…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University If you’re an iPhone user, you may have noticed something new that showed up on your phone with the latest iOS version 12.0. It’s called Screen Time. When active (the default setting), it keeps a daily and weekly record…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting “Ask for help not because you’re weak, but because you want to remain strong.” Les Brown I think we’ve all heard the phrase “two heads are better than one” and though most people agree with that statement, they are often still hesitant to…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting You feel you have developed a great design firm with a wonderful team and you are attracting ideal clients. But you (and your team) often feel stressed and feel something is missing. You’re right! A key ingredient for a well-run firm involves the…

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