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Legacy

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 02:55:44 +0000

This year I’m turning 40. For some reason my mental and emotional energy has turned to legacy like it was the only thing that mattered. My daughters are both teenagers and my sense of concern for setting them up for success is at a level that I cannot describe other than desperately being concerned that …



Sunday Plug: Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:55:24 +0000

Starting a new tradition is good. It’s part of habit forming.  So on Sundays, let’s do a plug of someone else that you should be taking insights, ideas, and personal or managerial growth from.  Today I want to celebrate Michael Hyatt and his This is Your Life Podcast.  It’s a great podcast with very practical discussions …



Plate Spinning

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:55:37 +0000

Have you ever seen old footage of the Vaudeville acts where they would spin plates? It was masterful work that would amaze audiences. How did they keep the plates spinning?  This is a modern problem in the work force.  How do you stay busy, get busier, and do more than someone else so you’ll earn …



Encouraging

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:55:32 +0000

When was the last time you were encouraged? What sort of day did that help you have? I encouraged one of my team yesterday because I could see a few events in recent history had put her on guard. We talked about framing. We talked about how she could take action without overstepping her bounds, …



The Pooh Sandwich

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:55:38 +0000

If there’s one thing that we all need it’s the truth. What we don’t need is a bunch of glad handing wrapped around the problems we’re facing. There may be a few members on some teams that are genuinely unable to deal with the reality that they need to grow, but maybe those are people …



Picking All the Battles

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:55:50 +0000

I’m known in my family for historically being argumentative, but somewhere in adulthood I got some maturity going and stopped wanting to be right about everything. Until we had our first daughter that is. As soon as she could reason I started picking all the battles; and it was ugly. Every moment was a teachable …



Framing

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:55:22 +0000

When I was a young boy my dad built a house. After the foundation was laid the framing began. Framing establishes the walls and the general structure of the house. As it turns out there’s a principle for perspective management called framing as well. With framing we evaluate how we’re looking at something. For example, …



Explain It Like I’m 5

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:55:11 +0000

One of the worst things in today’s acronym laden world is terse explanations where jokes about TPS reports are at home. Nobody needs that. No one on your team needs to have their day spent deciphering gibberish. Acronyms serve a purpose, but any time you get a chance to explain a new concept avoid draping …



Who Cares?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:55:54 +0000

When I think about what the most important ingredients for a team dynamic are I think of caring. Does your team sense that you’re aloof? Do you focus on the next career move? Do you ignore their problems? Do they find you difficult to engage? Do you care? Do they know you care? That’s a …



Anger Management

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:55:50 +0000

This last weekend my family went up to our favorite BBQ joint ‘near’ us [45 minutes from my home] and my youngest daughter stood just inside the entrance and ‘uked all over the floor. I was simultaneously in shock and rage. She had car sickness that she got over relatively quickly. I pretty much didn’t …