See the Future

Friday May 29, 2020 comments

You’re a leader. You’re expected to be visionary. So what happens when you constantly look at the future through the lens of what was? When we screen everything that's happening around us through the lens of what was, all we can see is constant change. When we look backward, we tend to glamorize the past. It becomes the good old days which the now and the future is contrasted with. In doing so, we fail to be visionary. We fail to see the "new." We see the "now," but rather than seeing it as new, we see it as change. ... Read More

Cultivating Your Culture COVID-Style

Tuesday May 26, 2020 comments

Our word “culture” is derived from a French word meaning, “to cultivate.” Implicit in that is that it takes work, which is different in different seasons. You can’t get the seasons mixed up and do the wrong work in the wrong season and get the right results. And here we are, in arguably one of the weirdest seasons in the lives of almost anyone alive anywhere in the world. It’s not ending anytime soon, though things could be about to shift for some employers. How do you cultivate your culture right now? People on... Read More

Is Your Culture Cultivated?

Tuesday May 19, 2020 comments

Is Your Culture Cultivated? I live on an almost 20 acre greenbelt that I lovingly call a brownbelt. That’s because the only time it’s green is this time of year. It’s not cultivated; no irrigation, nothing planted, just whatever grows. If you want open space that is a habitat for a bunch of birds, frogs, mice, a rat or two and the occasional coyote, it’s great. If you wanted a place you could play soccer with your kids, it’s not. The plan wasn’t for it to be this way. There was supposed to be a playground... Read More

The Madness Over March Madness

Thursday March 23, 2017 comments

Blame it on my admiration for successful organizations that have chosen NOT to make a policy out of everything and yet have spectacular results. Places like Netflix and Nordstrom come to mind. By contrast, when I read of advice to business leaders about the need to codify rules around everything that employees might even think of doing that could negatively impact productivity, I wince. We’re at Sweet 16, smack in the middle of March Madness. So, those who would wring their hands cite: A change in the behavior of employees; An... Read More

3 Leadership Resolutions for the New Year

Monday January 2, 2017 comments

Lose weight. Get in shape. Stop smoking. Get out of debt. It’s just so human to want new beginnings, fresh starts, and do-overs. So we come up with resolutions – our noble intentions to do things that may be more grandiose than what we actually do or even can do. But it’s all good because it helps us focus on the future, think of things we want to do, and create new ways to improve. We need that. So do our organizations. So do our teams. Survey after survey after survey after survey of working people show 3 things most of them... Read More

Office Politics 2016 v 2.0

Monday October 10, 2016 comments

Office Politics 2016 v 2.0 Less than a month to go and mudslinging is taking a new slog this election. I suspect it will get worse. A quick rundown of the last few days and what’s next: On Friday, we first heard of a video of Trump 11 years ago being pretty much as crass as everyone knew he could be; Over the weekend we saw shock and outrage from people in both camps, and a whole lot of talk about it and numerous showings of the video; Last night at the debates, this video and his words were discussed. In response, Trump... Read More

7 Reasons for Workplace Drama

Tuesday September 13, 2016 comments

What’s worse than workplace drama? It’s right up there with election year political attack ads. Pretty much everyone hates both, wishes they would go away, puts up with it thinking it will end soon. The attack ads do – at least for a little while; the workplace drama doesn’t self-resolve. That’s where leadership comes in. There are numerous reasons office drama happens. It manifests itself in attitude, gossip, complaining, overreaction, hurt feelings, sides, resentment and a lot of other things that have one big impact: a huge... Read More

Creating a Culture of Appreciation

Monday August 1, 2016 comments

There are thousands of books with thousands of ideas about how to appreciate, recognize, or honor people in your organization. So many good ideas. The problem with them is that they are ideas that worked in some other organization that took the time to figure out what worked for them. Though imitation may be the highest form of flattery, it’s not a recipe for creating the best solution for your workplace. One of the top reward or motivation factors for employees is full appreciation. It’s a relatively free or inexpensive solution to the... Read More

Team Work for Your Work Team

Monday July 18, 2016 comments

“Teamwork: Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.” That’s what says. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m sitting in a gym at Wheat Ridge High School on a JulySaturday afternoon, waiting to watch my teenage daughter and her basketball team play the first of five games in a weekend summer tournament. I’m not complaining. I love being my kids’ dad and I love being in the stands to support them… the loudest one... Read More

Do It Right the First Time

Tuesday July 5, 2016 comments

Do It Right the Fist Time. Sounds good. Why do rework when it saves time and money to do things right the first time? Why spend money on warranty work, returns, or lost productivity if organizations can prevent all that? People hear the phrase “Do It Right the First Time,” and assume that refers to the output of a person, and perhaps the attitude of that person as he or she approaches work. If work wasn’t done “right” then the worker was at fault. Such an assessment is an after-the-fact evidence of failure rather than an assurance... Read More


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