Do you want to retain your best people?

Develop a plan for your employees that supports the company and their careers.

We often don’t have a system around understanding our team member’s core work style. We just go straight into work and try to figure it out as we go along. This is a difficult way to build a relationship.

Hi, I’m Karl Staib. The creator of the Dig to Fly method and author of Bring Gratitude. I struggled for years with leading my team. I had gone through three administration assistants in less than a year.  As we worked together they kept making mistakes. After a few months, I would let them go. I blamed them when the reality was it was my fault. I didn’t have a clear flight plan for them to follow. The same thing happened with designers and developers. Once I dug into my issues it became much easier to lead others. 

That’s when I decided to step back and be honest about my leadership style. I did a deep dive and understood the real issues. The more I peeled away the layers, the more I understood the mistakes I was making. I expected my admins to understand what was going on in my head and they of course didn’t. I would get frustrated and let them go. It wasn’t until I came up with a structured process to use with them that we began to hum as a team.

I started sharing this process with my clients and they loved it. That’s how the Dig to Fly System came to life. My clients wanted a simple way to connect and grow their employees. The Dig to Fly system helps you develop your team culture through deeper conversations. Conversations that are actually productive.


As you begin to implement a Dig to Fly culture into your team and company, you’ll see benefits within just a few months. Here are seven key benefits that my clients have seen:

  1. Save time because you are training your employee to figure out solutions on their own.
  2. Improved focus because your employee is more self-sufficient.
  3. Develop simple systems so that you have regular conversations that allow you to dig into the issues holding people back.
  4. Fewer mistakes because you’ll both have more clarity on your projects.
  5. Build confidence because they’ll see opportunities and be able to take action on them.
  6. Aligns expectations for both people because you’ve both created a clear flight plan.
  7. More energy for the both of you because you’ll figure out how to utilize each other’s strengths, passions and values to get the most out of each other.

I felt stuck with my marketing team and I wasn’t sure what direction to go in next. Karl helped me understand what makes my team members tick so that I could help them utilize their strengths and navigate their weaknesses. They felt more supported and I can see they are happier and more productive.” Jason Wehrung of Wehrung’s Lumber & Home Centers

Getting Support

Many of my clients know what they need to do, but it’s hard to make habit and culture changes. They need the support to sustain their desire to improve how the company delivers on their goals. Leaders need someone that has the ability to share different lenses of what is possible to create the spark of change. Then they can support you as you try to grow this skill.

My promise to all my clients is that they get the support that they need at every step of their journey. We calibrate with each other and help you calibrate with your team, so you are developing people who think and act for themselves while also staying true to the vision of the company.

Four Phases to Fly

  1. Understanding – We start by interviewing a cross-section of your employees, so we understand what is working for them and what isn’t.
  2. Mapping – Reviewing current systems and how they can be simplified and adjusted to help your employees get better results
  3. Flight Plan – Developing a flight plan for the company and each employee, so they are clear on what the destination is this year and beyond.
  4. Course Correct – Improve your processes by just 1%, so the both of you are aligned and supporting each other the best that the both of you can.

1. Understanding

Finding opportunities to grow your business starts with an understanding of how your employees perceive the culture. 

  • Do they feel like they can make mistakes?
  • Do they feel like they can ask difficult questions?
  • Do they understand the mission of the company?

Then we begin to peel away the layers of the company and where we can begin to find opportunities for the company to grow.

2. Mapping

As you see the value of having a deeper understanding of yourself, you’ll find yourself wanting to create simple systems to help you engage with your employees based on your personality type as well as your employee.

It’s important to have consistent processes so you can see what is working well and what needs to be improved. The more regularly you work with your employees the more self-sufficient they become. You’ll learn how to develop a one-on-one process that actually works and doesn’t create any additional anxiety.

3. Flight Plan

Developing a company’s flight plan can help you reach your goals faster. With the right planning, you will be able to map out the strategies needed to ensure your business takes off. We’ll explore how to create an effective flight plan that will help you soar above the competition. You’ll learn how to develop effective goals, create a timeline for success, and execute your plan with precision.

The next step will be to help an employee create their own flight plan. It all starts with understanding what they want out of their work. Every employee must create their own plan to support the organization as well as their career. If these flight plans aren’t aligned, confusion sets in. This causes communication breakdown. That’s why communication systems are so important. A captain must radio back to the tower if there are major issues, so they can course correct together.

4. Course Correct

Like every great captain they have their pulse on the organization, so they can course correct when the company is off course.

Good leaders must calibrate their work with their employees to align their actions together. We need to understand what is weighing on an employee to help them process it. Sometimes it’s just being there for them, listening to what is going on in their lives. Other times it’s helping them navigate to a solution.

When you support the employee you get their full effort. We often don’t dig into our passions, struggles, strengths and weaknesses because they can create uncomfortable conversations. It’s these conversations that we need to surface more often so we can help people remove inner blockages and external obstacles.

“After going through the Dig to Fly training with Karl, I was able to get a greater sense of what my team and I can do together. We have greater understanding around our expectations, which has already helped with our planning session. After just a week she has more clarity and has already saved me time on a big project that we are working on together.” Mike Vardy of Productivityist Inc.

Let’s look at some myths around building better relationships with employees.

Myth #1: I won't be able to fire bad employees

The clients that have good relationships with their employees are able to have honest and authentic conversations with their low performers. People need to understand what where they are struggling and what opportunities they have to grow. These conversations only happen if everyone can be honest and figure out how to improve together.

Myth #2: My admin doesn't need to know why, they just needs to know what to do

I love this one because we think that if we are clear on the ask that they should just do the work. We are all curious about why we do the work that we do. The more context that we can give our employees, the more they understand how to execute on the work.

Myth #3: If they are confused they, just need to ask me to clarify

Many times employees are afraid to speak up for fear of looking stupid or angering their leader/teammate. They try their best and get bad results causing frustration and feeling isolated.

Myth #4: Coaching my employees is a waste of time.

Many leaders like to believe that as long as an employee understands their role that they will be ok. This might have been true at one time, but now employees want empathetic leaders and create a sense of belonging. A good leader will listen to what is weighing on an employee and help coach them through it. When you help them get unstuck or find an opportunity this will build trust between you and your teammate.

Myth #5: Talking about feelings is a waste of time.

When we share our feelings with each other it can be a little messy and take more time, but it’s this time that helps get to the heart of an issue. It ultimately saves you time because you help them get unstuck. If an employee isn’t happy or confused and they speak up this creates an opportunity to help them instead of ignoring the issue and making it worse.

Myth #6: They procrastinate because they don't care.

People often procrastinate because they aren’t sure of what to do next. They don’t have a clear direction and it’s hard to make a choice, so instead of asking for help they wait and hope for the best.

“The best thing about working with Karl is the ease in which the conversation flows. It’s easy to bounce ideas off of him and get immediate feedback and he always keeps the conversation focused and on target. He plays a great devils advocate and forces you to question your actions/direction. Karl is compassionate, understanding and full of ideas he is willing to share. He helped unlock some hidden potential in my business and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for inspiration.” Ryan Smith of Chase Smith Photography

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“I felt stuck and Karl helped me get clear on my next steps. The Dig to Fly method felt easy and comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone looking to find solutions to a particular problem they are having in their business.” Phil Gerbyshak

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100% satisfaction guaranteed within 30 days. I’ll refund your money. That’s the Dig to Fly Promise. The results speak for themselves, but I want to make sure you are 100% comfortable implementing the Dig to Fly Process into your business.

Who is this for?

  • Leaders who want their employees to be happy.
  • Leaders who are willing to invest in themselves and their employee because they want to grow with them.
  • Leaders who enjoy digging into issues with their employee and want to help them overcome obstacles.
  • Leaders who are tired of training people only to have them leave within a year.
  • Leaders who want to empower their employees to figure out solutions and take action.
  • Leaders who want a structured way to help their employee grow in their role.

Who is this NOT for?

  • Leaders who just want their employee to get their work done. 
  • Leaders who don’t have the time to talk with their employee and understand their challenges from their perspective.
  • Leaders who aren’t ready to coach their employee once a month for 30 minutes.

“I had sessions with other experts that felt unproductive because they merely revisited personal growth exercises I’d previously learned about in books. Karl focused instead on helping me identify the action steps around my short-term and long-term goals. As someone who thrives on organization and forward momentum, I appreciated working with someone who focuses on results.” Lori Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha


You’ll learn how to use the Dig to Fly Method with your employee so that you are empowering them to take action on their opportunities. This training helps you build empathy for your employee and help them develop a more resilient mindset mindset.

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Don't Waste More Time

You have an opportunity to calibrate your strengths with your employees strengths, as well as navigate your weaknesses together. When you understand your teammate on a deeper level you’ll cut through the emotional noise and create common goals much quicker.

It’s about the energy that your teammate brings to their work. If they are just going through the motions then you’ll get subpar work. The key to all of this is to help them understand your vision and their purpose within the company. That can come in many different forms, but if you don’t have both you’ll have a weak relationship that won’t benefit either of you.

In the Dig to Fly process you’ll learn how to…

  • Deepen your understanding of your employee, so you can help them maximize their strengths and navigate their weaknesses..
  • Improve your leadership skills, so your employee feels more empowered and engaged with their work.
  • Develop clarity between you and your employee so you reduce mistakes, saving time and money.

What People are Saying About Dig to Fly?

“Karl helped me see an easy remedy. His step by step process showed me the blessings of the situation and how it helps unravel the tension.” Lisa Cherney, Founder UnMentor(tm) & UnLaunch(tm), Host of Get F***ing Real Podcast

“After one session with Karl – he helped me crush thru things I have worked on in therapy for the past 20 years. His step-by-step process gets to your fundamental block and releases it in a matter of minutes. It was so simple – it seemed complicated. It was a complete mindset shift.” Jon Dwoskin of THINK Business podcast

“I wasn’t sure how Karl was going to help my speaking business, but in four short weeks I not only moved forward but had a plan and two speaking contracts with new clients.” Tess Marshall of The Bold Life

“The “Dig to Fly” strategy is a simple yet dynamic tool to self-investigate an issue you are struggling with… Karl is a fantastic guide and sage who graciously reflects & illuminates back key insights and takeaways. I am so grateful to learn this and apply it my life and work.” Michelle Holdt of The Art of Self Care

“Calm. Hopeful. And excited – because we came up with some creative things to do that felt interesting and had a whole different energy. I had another “situation” with them this morning but I was able to step back (after a few minutes) and regroup.” Cheryl Dolan MIT Sloan School of Management

“Karl helped me figure out exactly what I had to do to make my book happen.” Stacey Shipman of Engage the Room

“Karl was easy to talk to and cares about developing tools to help other people.” – Kevin Tijerina

More Reviews

“Karl is collaborative, gentle, confident and I was able to confide in him. I was surprised at how quickly I told him about my problem, and then let him walk me through the prompts. I invested trust very quickly. I walked away with some actions to take; collaborative actions, which made me happy. ” – Judy Cotter

“I am grateful that our paths have crossed and I think that you are doing spectacular important work, and it’s life-changing for people if they are willing to listen and take action from what you have to offer!  Knowing you and taking action on what you are teaching and sharing has definitely improved the quality of my life. God bless you!” Kelli C.

I have a plan! And it’s actionable! I realize where my stumbling block is, so now I’m working to fix/repair it.” Karen Williams