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 […]

Why Leadership is For The Many, Not Few?

Even if you flip burgers in a restaurant, you can be a leader… Who REALLY believes that? I didn’t , but I do now.   Why? LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR WORK – flipping burgers, being a CEO or even a shift manager. Leadership is 1. connecting your work with your purpose, […]

Readiness Fire Drill for Daily Life

YOU HAVE ONE, BRIEF LIFE. Are you ready to be your best daily? Most people I encounter wait for daily challenges to find them, and they are caught flat-footed because they are not ready. Instead I urge clients to seek challenges daily – it’s how you grow. There’s a mountain inside you! Reach higher, embrace […]

Revoked! Your Cultural Drivers License

Do you remember anticipating your first drivers license? As soon as you received it, you were going to use one of your family’s cars and ‘burn rubber’ or show-off to friends. Beforehand, what if your parents shared you were going to be responsible for part of the ownership of the car? What if they expected […]

THE TRUTH About Loading a Dishwasher

My wife and I have successfully started a basketball team – we have 5 children. Since we are a team, we all have roles and tasks, including chores. We just took our oldest to college and everyone still at home has received a promotion, and chores have been reshuffled. What we did is what most […]

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, […]

Getting to the Airport Faster

When I returned my rental car to the airport last week, I was approached by a man in a bright yellow vest. He introduced himself as Jesse, informed me he worked for the rental car company, and asked if he could take me to the terminal in the car I had just returned. I looked […]

What I Learned From Hearing ‘NO’

It’s hard to advise prospective clients on what they NEED when they want what they WANT, regardless of the evidence. I lost a deal this week because I did what was hard. Lessons for all of us when we lose a deal: 1. Stay positive. 2. You’re the expert, don’t let anyone tell you how […]