DON’T PEE IN THE POOL

One of our summertime rituals is our kids’ participation with the neighborhood swim team – practice every morning and swim meets on Thursday nights… The title of a recent Seth Godin post reminded me of something we’ve all learned when swimming, and it applies to our lives, DON’T PEE IN THE POOL. What I mean […]

Low Strategy, Low Culture

LOW STRATEGY, LOW CULTURE Can a company start in the lower left quadrant? No. But companies can fall there and disappear. If you’re in the upper left quadrant (low strategy, high culture) or lower right (high strategy, low culture), your organization is exposed to unnecessary risk. You’re just a step away from low strategy, low […]

Reverse Course! RESULTS Create Engagement

I worked with a successful healthcare client recently on using culture to enhance execution of strategy to optimize results. They had disagreement on 1. direction of the organization and 2. ownership – that had slowed the organization. What most leadership teams do is focus on thorny issues like these without first laying ground work to […]

Keep it Simple to Optimize Results

Last night at the dinner table one of my children made a negative comment towards their sibling. On another occasion, I gave an instruction to one of my children undermining what my wife had instructed them to do earlier. It’s not any different in organizations. Last week while working with a client, one senior leader […]

How to Connect Your Identity & Performance

Last week I shared the Leadership 2.0 Loop. You ‘get in the loop’ by doing 1 thing to connect your identity & performance. What’s the ‘1 thing’ to do to connect your identity and day to day performance for optimal results? This is the 1 thing you can do this week by yourself – create […]

The Leadership 2.0 Loop

When we were children, we accepted what adults said as true until about age 8. Then, we started asking a powerful question – WHY? The answer to WHY is the process or science behind what we believe. For example, when someone asks us what we believe leadership is, everyone has an answer, but what’s behind […]

Are You a Significant Role Model?

At many elementary schools nowadays, the staff pair older students with younger students to strengthen the support system for the younger students and spark the older students’ motivation to build their own character and be a role model. What do most organizations do? They create mentoring programs that start off well, but soon fizzle. Why? […]

Unconventional Team Member Recognition

Do all your family members have the same capacity to give or be of help? For example, my 9 year old daughter doesn’t have the same financial capacity as my father, so when she offers to pay for lunch if I take her out, it makes a bigger impression on me than if my father […]

Act Unusually: 2 Keys to Operate Out of Hope

One of my children shared they made a disappointing grade on a recent exam. What’s the usual reaction of a parent? While at the airport last week, I sat next to a technology salesperson on their phone explaining to their boss they weren’t going to hit their sales goal. What’s the usual reaction of a […]

Minimum vs. Maximum Standard

What can happen as you deal with issues this week is falling prey to the ‘tyranny of the minimum standard’. For example, one of my sons did less than the minimum in regards to one of his chores – cleaning the wood floors in our house. I didn’t let the conversation go where it could […]