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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 …

Seven Lessons #6: Focused and actionable data is power, all else is trivia.

Data has no more influence on your business than a burlap sack of peanuts. After all, data itself is nothing more than a collection of latent bits, characters, and units which require processing to become information. Information has no more influence on your business than a jar of peanut butter. While the information may be …

The Discovery Summary

One day, I attended a seminar which presented a new technology to an audience of early adopters. During the series of presentations, I was flooded with information, new paradigms, and innovative concepts. I found that my mind was overwhelmed with processing the details and by building the bridge between the world I knew and the …

Guidelines to Start Your Reading Journal

As business leaders, we are frequently challenged beyond our current set of knowledge and skills. This “stretching” is critical to growth and how we respond to it defines our competence and our client’s confidence in our offerings. While the acknowledgment that life is learning is essential to a growth-mindset, the depth and breadth of our …

The Power of the Quadrant

Recently, I was asked about the concept behind the branded note pads which we use internally daily. The note pads are designed minimally with the Sagevane logo and a faint vertical and horizontal line which segments the sheet into four small square segments, or quadrants. There are no labels, instructions, or description of the significance …

Seven Lessons #5: Learning is not complete, until shared with another

Throughout life, we learn. Whether we are learning to speak our first words, studying the principles of macroeconomics, or recovering from a failed project our life experience consists of a life-long series of lessons. Our processing and response to these lessons define our experience, skill-sets, and knowledge-base. These dividends of our life-long journey of learning …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 5

A sprint is a core element of the popular Agile project management framework which facilitates an iterative and flexible approach to completing deliverables of a project. In a sprint’s planning phase, the requirements are reviewed by the team, scored based on effort, and assigned accordingly. This approach is especially helpful when project requirements change over …