Are your days overflowing with firefighting, reacting to interruptions, and a lot of drama?
… As Charlie Brown would say, “AAUGH!”
When our lives are like this, time passes quickly. Opportunities are lost.
Most organizations do not regularly recognize employees for their contributions. Others do minimum recognition. However, one rapidly growing IT managed services provider does minion recognition.
More on that in a moment…
In my last blog post I promised to follow-up with an explanation of some habits you can develop to notice when people are not telling you the entire truth, or outright lying.
First, let’s consider some of the people who lie to you…
It was 2008 at a Big Ten indoor track event. Heather Dorniden, now Heather Kampf, was the favorite in her 600-meter race.
The race was three laps around an indoor track. As she moved into first place towards the end of the second lap, her heel got clipped by the runner she was overtaking and she fell.
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For decades millions of Americans have lamented the Republican and Democratic candidates in our presidential election forced us to choose between the lesser of two bad options. This is a classic Fool’s Choice.
A Fool’s Choice is when we mistakenly think there are only two options, when in reality there are more.
Last year I read 13 books. It was the first year in which I kept track of the books I read. I stacked each one on top of my Ikea Kallax 4x4 shelf until all of them together created an unstable tower of literature by December 31st (ok fine, not that big of a tower, not that unstable).
This year one of my goals is to…
It’s the end of 2018. Did you achieve all of your objectives this year professionally and personally? Did you even have objectives for 2018? If you are honest with yourself, the likely answer is no.
The good news is, you get another chance in 2019.
The bad news is, your unproductive habits are ready to sabotage 2019.
In the book, Flawless Execution, author and former U.S. Air Force pilot James Murphy describes how the Air Force uses a continuous improvement process to reduce errors, casualties, and losses.
Two of his recommendations struck me – how the Air Force prepares for missions, and how they learn from them – the debrief. I think the debrief is a serious weakness in most companies.
Every year the effectiveness of your management team determines your results.
Managers don't just assign tasks and drive them to completion. They develop relationships with their team and counterparts. They comfort, console, instruct, and act as a guide. When your front-line employee encounters a crisis, the first person they turn to is not going to be the CEO, it's going to be their manager. The skills and wisdom of the manager will determine whether the crisis is averted or inflamed, and whether the employee is empowered or deflated.
What happens to the taste of a stew when you add something fiery hot, meaty, and so overpowering that it can stand on its own?
Last Spring the Golden State Warriors, winners of 3 of the last 4 NBA Championships, announced they had acquired free agent DeMarcus Cousins.
President Abraham Lincoln once commented, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."