Do You Have a Hand Print on Your Back?

One of my boys is close to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He needs exactly 1 requirement for 1 last merit badge and completion of his eagle project. It’s taken many years to get to this point and lately he’s been finding ways to delay. Finally, I asked him to make a completion schedule […]

ENGAGEMENT DOESN’T IMPROVE RESULTS, RESULTS IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT

Have you ever been on a family road trip with children where you had to correct one of them and they reacted with – ‘well, Johnny did it too and THEY didn’t get in trouble’. Many organizations are on the ‘improving engagement bandwagon’ to improve results and if you ask them why, they react with […]

Improving Engagement and Smoked Salmon

My 16 year-old son smoked his first salmon recently and it could have happened several years ago. The problem was me… Why? I didn’t think he was capable and I felt I had to do it. The lesson is others can usually do more than you think if given the opportunity. I could’ve been raising […]

Your Obstacle to Excellence

As revealed in last week’s post, the biggest obstacle you and your organization faces to reaching the upper right quadrant either individually or organizationally is when your perceived WHO is out of sync with your real WHO. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO, creates a new policy and everybody must follow the policy. But, […]

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 […]

Business Leadership Excellence 2×2

This is the Business Leadership Excellence 2×2. If we take the mind, which is the WHAT on the x-axis and the heart, which is the WHY on the y-axis, we’re able to create a quad chart. We want to get to the upper right quadrant which is high mind – we know WHAT we’re doing […]

Would You Raise Your Hand?

Imagine a room full of people that know you from different facets of your life – as a husband/wife, father/mother, friend, business colleague, community member, and person of faith. If I asked this room full of people to raise their hands if they thought you are excellent in the facet(s) they know you, how many […]

WHO We Are = WHAT We’re Doing + WHY We’re Doing It

It’s interesting, most of us don’t know WHO we are. Who incorporates 2 questions – WHAT & WHY. What we’re doing or performance is what we call the ‘mind’. Why we’re doing it or why we’re here is what we call the ‘heart’. When we know who we are, we know our IDENTITY. Finally, if […]

Guess What? You’re Fired!

Have you ever lost a business opportunity and thought to yourself, ‘If they only knew WHO I was. If they only knew what they were missing”. . . Well, I have. I was in my opinion, ‘it’. I was THE guy, but I didn’t know who I was. It was 1994, and at the age […]