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3 Things To Know When Starting A Small Business, Lessons from Kitchen Nightmares

 Paring it down to the essentials makes a lot of sense for small business in start-up mode.  via flickr.com Gorilla-Force Blog provides insights into how to set-up simplicity (over simple) for featuring the best of what you do. Excerpted – March 31st, 2010 : If you have ever watched an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, then […]


10 Insights from Heather’s 7,280 Hours with Social Media

I’m sharing this excerpted post from one of my mini-blogs because it is one of the most popular posts.   Businesses of all sizes may be able to see today,  the merits of Heather’s insights. via flickr.com   Deb: I found this gem in the higher education twitter stream via @barbchamberlain – Helpful, and VERY […]


Prioritizing through Tragedy, War, Conflict and Peace

Every moment offers a choice. As we experience national level stress, it’s helpful to consider that smart, adaptive planning, through complexity, is essential to leadership, in tough times. As I write this, the United States is dealing with the aftermath of a mass homicide in Las Vegas, multiple hurricanes, floods and fire. The federal government […]


10 Reasons Why Online Community Works: Using Secret Groups on Facebook

People will join groups when there is an unmet need. The refinements of online group social media platforms like Ning, Facebook and the neighborhood platform, NextDoor have made facilitating IRL connections as in, “In Real Life,” easier than ever. Online groups also transcend the generation divide. One reason is that Facebook continues to grow in […]


Horse Guided Coaching

Working with the Horses Leadership and team development work using horse guides is provocative, generative, developmental, and powerful.   It enriches self-awareness, helps remove blind spots, fosters creativity, innovation,  and productivity while improving human relationships for individuals and groups. Two resources that provide more in-depth are here:   My recent blog post on the benefits of working with horses: […]


7 Secrets of Union Management Success with Teams, Michigan News

What are the 7 secrets to sustainability with teams, management and unions? We presented our lessons learned at the recent Partnerships in Progress Michigan Labor and Management Association Conference, 2014, East Lansing, Michigan. We’ve included our Slideshare and photos below to illustrate a 7 Secrets PROVENN model based on our experiences in the auto industry and with […]


Top 5 Apple BlockBusters and Reasons the iPad Ruled the Tablets in 2013

If there’s one thing that Apple has been getting right, it is their ability to create beautiful, easy-to-use blockbusters. To build a great business, it’s all about creating a great product that people love for the positive impact on their lives.   ______________ The 2013 statistics on the iPad, and my own …blew me away. […]


Union / Management collaboration: What Creates Healthy, Fit Organizations Today?

What makes for a healthy, “anti-fragile” (adaptable, responsive) organization today?   These slides from my recent presentation to the Michigan Management Labor Association’s (MMLA) presentation on Wellness –A Healthy Engagement: Organizational and Personal Fitness provide insights on tools to help.  Wellness –A Healthy Engagement: Organizational and Personal Fitness from Deb Nystrom “The best way to predict […]


Seven (7) Ways to Respond to Bullying and a Queen Bee

Are you experiencing prolonged harassment?  It may be that you may have just encountered a bully, and for women, it can be similar to experiencing an adult “mean girl.” As the number of women in the workforce and in leadership has increased, stress in leadership roles has naturally affected women, as it does men,  in […]


Two Tried & True Change Models – Evergreen for Agile Change

“There isn’t anything so practical as” a good model to help leaders, change agents and advocates explain what is happening in change and transition, paraphrasing Kurt Lewin.  An informed change leader can head off the deadly effects of compliance and indifference and increase true, community commitment with a good set of tools, facilitation skills and change research, informed by timely […]