Category: Leadership

Do the right thing.

Attend any introductory course to business, and one of the first things that are pronounced is that the prime objective of a business is to earn a profit. Profit is indeed the lifeblood of any company. Without profit, a business cannot invest and grow to broaden and expand its offerings. Without profit, there are fewer …

No nonsense, no ego

Speak to any organization about their latest engagement with a consultant, and they will offer a remorseful sigh. They will proceed to tell you a strangely familiar tale of poor communication, unintended disruption, arrogance, and unmet expectations. It’s no secret that engaging with consultants is considered as a necessary evil, landing somewhere between negotiating with …

The Glass of Water

A glass sits before you, and the age-old rhetorical question comes to mind. Is the glass half-empty, or is it half-full? The implication of this question reveals an individual’s perspective on the world as to whether it is an optimistic view (half-full), or pessimistic view (half-empty). It also can reveal a scientific viewpoint (half-liquid, half-gas), …

Feedback Loop

In the manufacturing cycle, the raw material is processed and transformed into a finished good. The output of this process enters the market to which consumers purchase and utilize it. An essential aspect of this cycle is the “feedback loop.” This part of the manufacturing cycle can manifest itself in many ways, both proactively and …

Groovy

Some words find their way into our daily lexicon, which holds a special meaning to us. It may be a word that a mentor often used, evoking fond memories. The word may evoke a desirable air of coolness or intelligence when used, or its meaning reminds us of an essential concept that is important to …

Identifying Core Values

Identifying one’s core values is an effort which requires thoughtful reflection, brutal honesty with one’s self, and being willing to challenge assumptions. Often as you embark on this effort you either gather or are presented with a list of common values such as… Authenticity, Bravery, Integrity, Loyalty, Optimism, and Wealth.  As you review these suggestions, …

The Comfort Zone

We all love our comfort zone. It is the place where our expertise and success are plentiful. Our confidence and ego are fueled by relatively easy wins, and as long as we operate within our comfort zone, there is little risk of failure and embarrassment. There is no shame in our tendencies. Work is achieved …

Have you ever made a candle?

On the surface, one may answer yes to that question and proceed to iterate the steps involved: “You melt some wax in a double boiler, mix in some fragrance, adhere the wick to the container, and pour the wax. After a period to allow the cooling of the wax, you have a candle ready for …

Seven Lessons #7: Do Simple Better

In the film Diamonds Are Forever, the ever illustrious James Bond descends, via parachute of course, upon a distant oil rig where the antagonist Blofeld reveals his devilish plan to destroy Washington D.C. with an orbit-bound weapon is lased controlled by encoded program housed on a cassette tape. Bond curiously inspects the control panel in …

Healthy Meeting Habits

Meetings are a valuable component of business operations. It is during these meetings that information is shared, ideas are explored, needs are expressed, and decisions are made. They are the heartbeat of a highly-collaborative culture. However, when meetings are absent from healthy habits and practices, they can run amok and become a detriment to productivity …