Thinking about Strategy While Running

It was 6 a.m., the time had just changed (spring forward an hour) a few days earlier and it was pitch-black outside. I ran to a nearby track and there was another runner using it. As a general rule, for safety reasons, I watch for cars and other people. As I ran on the track, […]

Forgive and Enable Bad Behavior?

I had a conversation with a friend today about this dilemma.   How do you move an important relationship forward when you’ve been wronged and the other person doesn’t realize it or thinks you’ve wronged them? Here’s more detail:  They haven’t reached-out and are probably not going to reach-out to you…. The relationship is necessary, […]

Offering a Pew is not a Stinky Proposition

For logistical reasons I was at church this morning in a pew that probably would hold 15 people. I was waiting for my family to arrive (there are 7 of us) and before they did so a family of 8 arrived (it’s hard not to notice a family of this size) looking for a place […]

What Are You; Deaf?

A man wanted to test his wife, who he thought was deaf. She was doing the dishes and he walked-up behind her  and said, “can you hear me?” She didn’t reply. He stepped closer and asked again, “can you hear me?” She kept right-on doing the dishes without saying a word. A third time, the […]

Take a Risk, It Probably Won’t Be Fatal…

I’m sharing this with you in the hopes it sparks an idea you can use…. There are three major trends in the commercial construction industry – designing and consructing a building on a computer screen before building it physically (building information modeling or ‘BIM’), increasing collaborative behavior (called integrated project delivery ‘IPD’ or collaboration) and removing […]

What’s the distinction between TRUST and COLLABORATION?

1. Trust is primarily used as a noun, whereas collaboration is primarily used as a verb. 2. Trust is something to be used. Collaboration is an “action.” It’s energy in motion. 3. Trust is an input and collaboration generates outputs.

Stop Being Domesticated, Be Outraged for a Change – KONY2012

Many people I work with are blessed with alot of resources. These resources are not ours of course… We are stewards of these resources and their will be an accounting (if not now, later). This is not opinion. It’s natural law like gravity or death. One man has spent 8 years shedding light on Kony, […]

How Can You Expect Someone to Buy When You Don’t Know What You’re Selling?

I delivered a strategy retreat this weekend for a healthcare organization. After I was hired, the Board members took the initiative and sent me their SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of their organization even before we arrived for the weekend. While they had very good ideas, they were taking an “outside-in” approach to strategy formulation. […]

The Fastest Ears in the West

“Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”

The Real Voyage…

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Any learning is richer when multiplied by two or three, etc…