Annie Hyman Pratt

Annie Hyman Pratt

Annie Hyman Pratt

Annie Hyman Pratt

Systems and Processes Cartoon man on ladder adjusting gears - Leading Edge Teams

Systems & Processes

September 18, 2023

Systems and processes are tedious for some and an intriguing pursuit for others. I’m sure you know which category you fall into! Either way, people run the systems and processes; they stand still without human beings. It is uncomfortable to admit it, but In business, some things took me 10 years to learn! I’ve been …...

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COMPASSION—Essential Key for Today’s Entrepreneurial Leaders - Leading Edge teams - Business Leaders Cartoon

COMPASSION—Essential Key for Today’s Entrepreneurial Leaders

September 11, 2023

Are you curious about how to give compassion in your workplace? Compassionate leadership improves performance and relieves pressures in ways that may surprise you. Let’s define compassion: it is sympathetic consciousness, an awareness and empathy toward someone else's state of mind or distress regarding a situation or another person(s). Compassion is a desire to openly …...

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September 5, 2023

HEY, BUSINESS LEADER, WHICH ARE YOU? DO YOU GIVE CONTROL OR TAKE CONTROL?  To empower leadership, successful business leaders must learn to be okay with less control, but at the same time that does not mean people who work for them do whatever they want. Leaders learn to let go, as teams are trained and ready …...

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Interrupt Your Emotional Reactions: Pause…

August 28, 2023

One of my very favorite authors, Viktor Frankl said: Between stimulus (trigger) and response there is a space. In that space is where we have the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. This quote means everything in business leadership. The space between stimulus and our response is …...

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PROTECT Your Confidence to MAINTAIN Team Confidence

July 26, 2023

“Protect Your Confidence” is a phrase that is a familiar one to most entrepreneurs. It comes as no surprise that to succeed in business entrepreneurs must show up in a good, confident place.  They must be ready to engage with intentional choices and behaviors like: critical thinking and the ability to assess risks, weigh options, …...

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Leading Through Crazy Business Cycles

April 11, 2023

Business cycles can be crazy-making for you and your team. The good news is you can confidently find your way through all of them with a clear perspective and a unified team. You can lead through crazy business cycles! Yes, I hear you! It is challenging. But none of us get to control the external …...

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Why Innovation is Important for Business Success

February 22, 2023

With the complexity and uncertainty of business today, it is important that you encourage and develop the important “leadership attribute of innovation” in all levels of your team. Innovation is Important for Business Success!Many businesses talk about innovation, but only a few truly embrace it. Are you embracing the uncharted path of success that calls …...

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Learn How to Partner with Your Team

November 19, 2022

Why to learn to partner with your team… In 1995 when I was CEO of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at the height of our rapid expansion, I was in the middle of scrambling to remodel stores, open a new store every month, while simultaneously attempting to resolve our staffing and efficiency issues! It was …...

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How to Navigate the Unknown in Challenging Times

October 5, 2022

In our current economic climate, it can be difficult to determine what to do next when the market doesn’t feel as predictable as it may have in the past. That is totally normal—there are so many unknowns and variables that many of the businesses we work with have never experienced before. How do we navigate …...

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Hey Bob, I know you are busy and you've got a lot going on... Man at desk cartoon \ Tentative Talking - Leading Edge Teams

Is it Time to Change Your Approach?

August 24, 2022

In today's business climate, I find myself asking, “Is it time to change your approach?” Entrepreneurial CEOs are used to jumping in and rolling up their sleeves to keep things moving forward to get results. That is why I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I recently worked with a client who, …...

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Leveling Up As You Move Forward

July 5, 2022

As you move forward on your journey from A to V, the range of what I call “acceptable behaviors” narrows. The whole team’s performance needs to improve, to become more masterful and professional, from the CEO to the leaders to the individual contributors. Leveling up as you move forward is imperative. Business & Sports Because …...

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How to Define Company Goals

May 27, 2022

When I ask leaders and their teams about their main obstacles to performance and what prevents them from achieving results, the number one answer—by far—is “Not having clear goals.” They say things like: “I don’t really know what we’re doing,” or “I don’t understand the bigger picture here,” or “We keep changing our plans, and …...

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Compassion and Unity Cartoon - Expanding the Zone of Emotional Endurance - Leading Edge Teams

Expanding The Zone of Emotional Endurance

May 6, 2022

As human beings we don’t have control of what happens, but we (almost) always have a choice in how we respond. As a leader, making choices from Self-Leadership ensures that you can navigate challenges and find the best way forward. It also enables you to create psychological safety and build secure working relationships. However, it …...

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Habitual Behaviors that Make Up Culture - Team in meting discussing goals cartoon - Leading Edge Teams

The Habitual Behaviors that Make Up Culture

April 29, 2022

Self-Leadership and secure relationships, the Business Operating Triangle, role clarity and agreements—comes into play when we’re talking about the way a team interacts and the habits that make up culture and the fabric of each day’s work. Many of the best practices that make up an effective culture are combinations of multiple behaviors that we …...

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Recognizing When You Are in Self-Protection

April 4, 2022

Self-Leadership is about showing up as your best self and making decisions from this place versus reacting in self-protective behavior!  As a leader you must learn to recognize when you are in self-protection. You may or may not think about behavior as you work, but I suggest that self-protective behaviors are universal to humans, so …...

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