The perfect situation

The cost of untaken actions can be high.  Here is a scenario that I know has played out for so many of us… And that is where we are faced with a decision to act and we have options that are available to us. In many cases, the options aren’t perfect…they usually never are.  Now, too often we end up …

Systems or Guessing…?

If you take a moment to reflect on what you are doing and look at your successes and your failures, you may find a pattern… What you hope to look for is a pattern of activities that can be repeated… These patterns become systems, which have their own challenges, but, which in the short term can be quite effective in …

Manage Email?

I’m often asked by people I am training or preparing to train: “Do you have any tips for how I can manage my email better.” And, I do. Now creating a system that is going to change the way that we email each other is likely outside of my blog post or my desire… But here are two ways that …

How do you measure the unmeasurable?

I have a friend that tells me everything is measurable… To a large extent, she might be right, but I think there are certain things that can’t be measured…like empathy, relationships, and personal skills.  Which leads me to the real challenge that a lot of us face, when you can’t find an easy measure of what you are trying to …

Strategic thinking

Strategic thinking is based on the planning you undertake to decide where you are going to go… It’s pretty simple. Any other definition is wrong or misguided.  As we hit the home stretch of the year, and we begin laying out plans for the new year…if you are thinking strategy, look at where you want to go in the next …

Hiring For Culture

I just wrote a little recently about hiring for organizational fit… And as I think about it, I am concerned that this drive to hire for culture is just another way of ducking responsibility.  I don’t think we ever hire for culture first. We are really always hiring for performance…the thing is, we may just not be hiring for high …

You Don’t Need a Ninja or a Guru

Or, whatever other term is in vogue at this moment.  If you are hiring a consultant or an employee, snazzy buzz words, emphasis on tasks performed, or lots of smoke and mirrors won’t do you any good. The only key driver of any decision should be the results that someone is going to provide you. As I have been stating …