Newsletter: April 2017
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My husband Kevin and I just returned from a two week trip to South Africa with the Phakamani Foundation. This great organization provides micro-loans to South African women to enable them to start businesses, with the focus of "providing a hand up, not a hand out." By doing so, Phakamani gives these women and their families the opportunity to help themselves out of extreme poverty. During the trip we interacted with Phakamani staff as well as some of the women business owners. I was reminded once again how entrepreneurship positively impacts so many lives. Because of Phakamani and their businesses, these women are now able to provide food for their family, school uniforms for their children, and even employ other women as well. I was humbled and greatly moved by this incredible experience. We returned home filled with gratitude, and I feel honored to make my living helping other businesses succeed. My dear friend Rhoda Olsen introduced us to Phakamani and guided us throughout the trip; you can read more about the numerous ways she and Great Clips give back greatly in the article below.

In addition to our experience with Phakamani, Kevin and I also enjoyed trips to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, a bucket list safari in Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls. While on safari, we admired the beauty of the animals and landscape and I was struck by how small and unprotected we were. We relied on our safari guide to help us navigate and understand this world, and to even see the animals because they were camouflaged so well in the bush. We realized how dangerous and unpredictable our surroundings were, and our guide candidly explained that without help, we'd last "ten minutes" if left after dark on our own in the park. We were certainly out of our element and didn't know the area, rules or safety protocol. On the flip side, a lion, cape buffalo or impala would never survive in the busy concrete jungle of Minneapolis! This contrast prompted me to think about company cultures and how different and unique they are. It also explains how an employee cannot thrive in an environment that doesn't fit them. In addition, the culture can’t thrive with employees who don’t fit. Please see my article below, "A Fern Can't Grow in the Desert," for more tips on how to transplant an employee who isn't a cultural fit for your company. 

I wish you growth and gratitude as we enter this Spring renewal season! 

Ferns Can't Grow in the Desert

As a Minnesota resident, I often find myself dreaming of warm climates this time of year. The temperature hovers around freezing and I can picture the arid deserts of Arizona or the lush rainforests of Hawaii. Both climates offer respite from the Minnesota winter, but they are decidedly different from one another in flora and fauna. A cactus can’t survive in the rainforest, and ferns can’t grow in the desert.

You wouldn’t think companies are similar to plants, but like a fern in the desert, not all people will thrive in your culture.
Read more to learn how to transplant employees who aren't a right fit. 
Rhoda Olsen and Great Clips:
Great Deeds
Great Clips® has more than 4,100 salons in the U.S. and Canada, and CEO Rhoda Olsen understands the impact that many people working together can make. Although Great Clips has about 1,200 franchisees, more than 200 corporate employees and about 40,000 stylists who work in the franchised salons, an underlying emphasis across Great Clips is the dedication to local, charitable giving and the impact it has.

Rhoda leads by example, encouraging charitable giving in a way that feels unique and personal to each individual. Read more about Great Clips and 
Great Deeds®, its charitable giving programs, here
Announcing Sue's Book!

We are excited to announce that Sue is in the midst of writing a book! The working title is Chasing Perfection: Creating Success While Piercing the Armor of Self-Doubt. The book will explore the many things that women leaders grapple with, from the myth of work-life balance to combating imposter syndrome. It will be filled with wisdom and personal stories from Sue, anecdotes from other women leaders, and practices ready to be applied in daily life.

Look for the book on Amazon in early September, 2017!

Off to Atlanta! 
Sue is honored to be presenting at the first annual Conference for Companies Running on EOS®! This week she'll be presenting in Atlanta, GA to over one hundred companies running on EOS. We are excited to be a part of the growing EOS community!

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EOS Visionary & Integrator
Happy Hour

We are collaborating with the other Minnesota EOS Implementers to host a Visionary and Integrator Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 17th. We're getting our clients together to network, share best practices and learn. Our last happy hour was a big success and we are looking forward to expanding the community of EOS companies committed to continuous learning and improvement!
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