Stay in the fight

Years ago I was the leader of a volunteer organization that I led with all my strength.  We all really believed in the mission and worked hard to achieve our goals.  But, like most groups of people, there were a few complainers mixed in there.  And they quietly complained, and criticized every imperfection.  They worked […]

No more complaining

Complaining will no longer be accepted here.  All complainers are being asked to cease that habit and replace it with more positive thoughts and words.  Your complaints irritate the rest of us. They lower productivity and make small problems bigger while erasing progress. However, the BIGGEST reason we will no longer permit complaining is because […]

You’ve got what you want… now what?

Most of the astronauts who went to the moon in the 60s and 70s came back and got depression.  I’ve noticed that many new homes in my area go up for sale shortly after the owners move in.  When I find myself playing cards on my phone I always get a letdown when I win […]

Drink the Kool Aid

  Was it mass suicide or mass murder?  Whichever, it changed the meaning of drinking Kool Aid. In 1978 Cult leader Jim Jones was involved in the deaths of 900 of his followers in Guyana who drank Kool Aid laced with cyanide.  Here’s the wiki story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown Before this event, drinking kool aid meant having […]

Problem Finding

We are all aware on how important the skill of problem solving is.  But there is a related skill that is even more important.  This is the skill of problem finding.  Finding, analyzing, and understanding problems is the key to more success in your career. This was studied in a classic case of fourth year […]

When the cat’s away…

Do the mice play when the cat’s away from the workplace?  Do employees today need constant supervision?  I’ll admit this: in most workplaces I have been in, tension subsided when the boss was not present and tension increased when the boss was present.  But did that tension create more productivity? Let’s talk about supervision levels, […]

Make Each Pitch a Masterpiece

Several years ago I heard a pitching coach give some sage advice to an athlete that also applies to business, sales, and leadership.  “Make each pitch a masterpiece”.  Translation: don’t let any effort of yours be mediocre; make every effort your best.  With every pitch, the athlete must perform a masterpiece of a pitch, or […]

Are we on the right path?

I went hiking with friends over the weekend on some unfamiliar trails in the mountains.  The trail was exciting but a little obscure in places.  Luckily for us there was a trail marker about every 15 minutes.  Their silent presence kept telling us: “you’re on the right path”. Wouldn’t it be great if everything in […]

Why Corporate Training?

In a word: productivity. Productivity is the key to every organization’s success. It is the golden thread that binds together all businesses regardless of their industry, corporate culture, or business model. Without productivity, everyone will fail. And productivity is exactly what corporate training improves. As companies fight to maintain and grow market share, they are faced with the […]

What the CEO wants you to have:

I ask executives frequently if they want their people to have written goals.  They almost always answer “yes”.  I think most workers would assume the CEO doesn’t care about their goals.  He/she must be thinking about other, more noble (or financial) thoughts than what the average employee desires in life.  Well, they’re wrong; their goals are important to the boss.  Here’s […]