What Everyone is NOT Saying

Last week I was in a meeting that I felt went really well. At the end, I asked the 15 team members to write down, on a sticky note, ‘what’s on your mind?’ It uncovered several helpful nuggets that will significantly increase the value of our next meeting. Several people were concerned about, and named, […]

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 […]

This Has Nothing to do with Construction. It’s Business.

Participating in “Improving Capital Projects Symposium” in Denver. A fantastic group of like-minded Owners, Architects and Contractors. The take away from Day 1 is collaborative behavior has to be taught to become part of the culture and then the behavior has to be fed and watered on a regular schedule to sustain and grow it. […]

Falling Down as a Leader

Falling Down as a Leader… The quickest way to pick yourself up off the floor when things aren’t going your way is to be grateful. THINKING of something to be grateful for is one thing, ACTING grateful is another. How do you practice the HABIT of gratitude? GO HELP SOMEBODY! The habit of gratitude builds […]

Your Virtue, The Greatest of Treasures

Your virtue, which is how you are characterized (prudent, courageous, having self-control, just…) is worth more than anything in the world. It is the greatest of treasures. It is WHO you are. It impacts HOW you do WHAT YOU DO. It impacts those around you. It is cumulative. It is the artifact you leave behind […]

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. […]

Collaboration Paradox: Accountability is Freedom

Capturing our culture or ‘how’ we work together on paper and measuring it increases our accountability to each other and our freedom. The result is more freedom to communicate/collaborate, increase our responsibility/innovate and be everything we want to be in our work family and home family.

What if Culture and Strategy Shared Lunch?

If you asked CEOs – would you prefer winning minds to produce results or hearts AND minds to produce results, they would choose the latter. All organizations have a strategy that’s intended to win minds and a culture that’s intended to win hearts, but they’re usually not caught on paper and implemented together and measured. […]

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 […]