Welcome to Brunner & Associates, Inc.
Our passion is helping individuals and organizations to be all they can be.
Brunner & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals with strategic planning, coaching, and other organizational and management issues. We also provide facilitation services to organizations and groups, helping them to address issues and reach agreement on important matters.
When working one-on-one with clients, one of my favorite coaching questions is: “If 100 is your ideal busyness level, where are you now?” The ideal is different for all of us, of course (i.e., some like to be much busier than others) but the key part of the question is where the person is compared to his/her ideal. If someone is 80 or 85, he is probably bored. Between 95 and 105 is perfect. If someone is 120, she is getting near the edge. At 140, the person is ready to explode.
This is a good, quick way to determine what an individual is experiencing in his life. And, from there, we identify some strategies to help her move closer to her ideal. It is a very healthy undertaking.
Some years ago, I met with a couple in my church to do some financial counseling. It was basic stuff, having a budget, tracking one’s spending, holding oneself accountable, etc. When I finished my brief set of recommendations, the husband (who was a physician) said, “Mike, no disrespect but I know all those things.” I complimented him and then asked him, “But, Andy, are you doing them?” And he said no he wasn’t but he knew them.
Isn’t this often typical of us? We know what we should be doing and how but aren’t doing those things. It’s all about the doing (which takes discipline) and not the knowing. Remember:
He who knows but doesn’t do, is no better than he who doesn’t know. Or, she who knows how to read but doesn’t read is no better than she who doesn’t know how to read.