Addicted to Distraction

Here are some excerpts from a New York Times article by Tony Schwartz and my comments. Addiction is the relentless pull to an activity that interferes with daily life. By that definition, nearly everyone I know is addicted to the internet. It has replaced work itself as our most socially sanctioned addiction. HERE’S A SIMPLE […]

Failed Quality Growth

This is the quality growth process visual. The reason organizations fail to achieve quality growth is because they fail to capture who they are and capitalize on it. How do you do that? Moving backwards, from right to left, everyone wants quality growth and has a strategy to achieve it. Before strategy though comes culture. […]

It’s Upside Down – The Space Where Innovation Happens

A few months ago, I worked with a client to capture their culture on paper so they could use it to innovate ways to attract more of the clients they wanted and didn’t have. It’s upside down. It’s not what you’d expect. It’s how you create space for innovation to happen… It’s a common PROBLEM […]

The Vital Few Defeats Trivial Many

You’ve heard of the 80/20 Principle – there are a small number of causes (the vital few) that are responsible for a majority of the results in the world. 80/20 is a label to point-out that there are imbalances in the world.  These imbalances can be 80/20, 90/10 or 70/30. . . For example, 10% […]

2 Reasons for Your Success

To help me understand an organization’s business quickly, I use a question I learned from a client. The question is ‘what are the 1 or 2 things you do exceptionally well?’ Sourcing business deals and simplifying processes is an example of an answer I’ve heard before. You may not believe your organization does anything special, […]

Be Impressive

Last week I was in a meeting with a healthcare client. He had been asked by his CEO to create a plan to add 5,000 sqft of new facility space in order to solve a problem. My client did what was IMPRESSIVE – he started by THINKING ABOVE THE LINE. He looked at the problem, […]

Words are Powerful

Plenipotentiary – someone who has full power to take action on a goal. Start with being one for yourself. What is that goal with a 100x return on investment that’s been on your list for as long as you can remember? Put a deadline on it and work backwards with action items that help you […]

How to Make Goals Inevitable

If you don’t have your team’s hearts or minds you won’t achieve results. (Sears?) If you only have their hearts, you will achieve reckless results, which is unpredictable. (RadioShack?) If you only have their minds, you will achieve spiritless results, which means you get the minimum from your team. (N. Korea?) If you have both […]

Your life: are you moving in the right direction?

1. Only do things that take you towards your ‘WHY’ and mission. Read them frequently. 2. Your answer to ‘WHY’ you do what you do should be how you serve others. It has nothing to do with money, power or reputation. What is your ‘BIG WHY’? Without it your life is devoid of purpose. 3. […]

How ‘Rich’ Can ‘Poor’ Be?

Do you ever worry? ‘By worrying you can’t add a single moment to your lifespan.’ What causes worry? Slavery – concern over what you will eat, what you will wear and what parties you were not invited to… In other words – concern over being ‘rich’ in a temporal sense. What causes freedom? Poverty. If […]