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.

 

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Apr

2020

Simple Wisdom Tip #101: The Value of Values

Lots of organizations and individuals develop values to guide their behavior.  Too often, though, they pick values they’d like to have, want to have, wish they had, etc.  That’s why organizations and people often fall far short of their values.  Patrick Lencioni makes the case for a few “core values” that define the organization and must be adhered to.  Brene Brown distinguishes between our practiced values (what we’re actually doing, thinking, feeling) and our aspirational values (what we want to do, think, feel) and calls that our values gap.   One of these approaches is far better than coming up with some values that sound good to hang on a wall but are essentially useless.

 

 

I’ve adopted three for myself that are meaningful to me and to which I make a major effort to fulfill:  Kindness, gratefulness/thankfulness and clarity.  You might want to rethink the values you have and/or establish a few to guide you or your organization through life.

 

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Mar

2020

Simple Wisdom Tip #100: Show Appreciation

What do you think is the most effective and powerful motivator of employees?  If you guessed pay, you’re not even close.  It’s feeling appreciated.  How often do we pass up the chance to tell someone – a coworker, employee, volunteer or friend – how much we appreciate her or him.  It’s a wonderful habit to develop and doesn’t cost you or your organization a dime.  One caveat, however:  It has to be sincere!  If not, it could backfire.  Let’s resolve to say “I appreciate you” at least once a day.  It will work wonders and make the world a happier place.