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Weakness vs Strength

August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Weakness vs Strength

What’s Your Focus? In my profession (Executive Coaching), there is a lot of discussion around whether one should focus on strengths or on weaknesses. I have tossed this topic around myself and concluded that we should be aware of any weakness, but focus on our strengths. However, a recent podcast brought me up short and […]

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Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

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Premortem

August 2, 2017 0 Comments
Premortem

Chrystal Ball Many of us have heard about doing a postmortem on projects, initiatives and business plans. After implementation, we are interested in determining what went right and what went sideways. Perhaps fewer of us have heard about a premortem. In its simplest form, a premortem is planning ahead for a disaster.  Those of us […]

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Disconnected!

July 12, 2017 0 Comments
Disconnected!

Vacation Many of you in my network know that Penny (my wife) and I have been planning a special family vacation for some time now. Well, to be more accurate, Penny has been planning the vacation. I’ve pretty much just been along for the ride. So on June 24th we headed up to LAX, boarded […]

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What If We’re Wrong – 03

July 5, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong – 03

Climate Change Now there’s an interesting topic! Of course there are at least two camps on the climate change thing. One is that the climate is changing and that mankind is causing or at least exacerbating the change. A second camp is that yes, the climate is changing but it’s a natural phenomenon and mankind […]

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Uber and Out

June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Uber and Out

Culture Trumps Everything Yes, culture trumps everything AND . . . money still talks. On Tuesday, 6/20/17, Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber resigned, as CEO. He had taken a leave of absence the week prior, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy those wanting to protect their investment in Uber. So, while Kalanick will remain […]

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A Wide Variety of Tastes

June 7, 2017 0 Comments
A Wide Variety of Tastes

The Chef’s Creation Variety is frequently a positive goal to achieve when organizing your life, building an organization, creating a mastermind group or developing a high functioning team. However, sometimes, we can miss the mark. We can over do things. I started thinking about this when my wife made a comment while we were out […]

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Big Data, NAI and Manipulation

May 31, 2017 0 Comments
Big Data, NAI and Manipulation

Signals Everywhere No matter where I go, I leave a digital trail. In my office, I am pretty much connected to the internet 12 hours a day. My ISP knows what web sites I go to (except when I fire up my VPN). And of course each website I visit tracks what I look for […]

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Pride

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Pride

Pride: Every now and then, my parents would let me know that I was getting “too big for my britches.” My father seemed to be especially tuned into those who were prideful—especially if they treated others with disdain. Having pride in your work and accomplishments was acceptable, even encouraged. But being prideful about success and flaunting it […]

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Your Sentence

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Your Sentence

Bill Taylor A while back, I had the pleasure of hearing Bill Taylor of FastCompany Magazine speak and moderate a leadership summit. Bill suggest that we each should have a sentence-that one sentence that describes your reason to exist. I have always thought of that as my vision or purpose or “BHAG” (big hairy audacious […]

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