Tips, tools and thoughts for top performance

Accelerate or Hesitate?

By |2020-03-23T20:40:34+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Many of our assumptions about how this year will play out have been jettisoned. But while all the protocols to contain the coronavirus (like social distancing and restricted travel) have created great hardship, there is also great opportunity. Sales of home office [...]

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A Dozen or So Key Actions to Take in the Short-term

By |2020-03-17T15:23:58+00:00March 17th, 2020|

While I am always preaching the value of leaders thinking about the long-term, there are several things leaders can do in the short-term to keep their organizations working the best they can today—and be better prepared for tomorrow. Be mindful that not all workers are used to working from home. [...]

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Two Thoughts for Turbulent Times

By |2020-03-15T22:44:05+00:00March 15th, 2020|

The news has been disturbing and many of you are making changes at work while adapting to new changes at home. Below are two thoughts that we should all keep in mind in the next couple weeks. Maintain your performance-enhancing disciplines. These include things like scheduling regular breaks for eating [...]

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Physician heal thyself.

By |2020-03-11T15:05:16+00:00March 11th, 2020|

If the corona virus has reduced your business travel, here’s a suggestion for how to utilize that alone time… 1)Write down 20 pieces of great advice a high performer should do to be dramatically more effective in next 30 days. 2) Pick the top two. 3) Take your own medicine [...]

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The LIMFACs Slowing your Idea Roll: Squelchers and Free Spirits

By |2020-03-10T21:37:53+00:00March 10th, 2020|

Maybe it was just the group I rode bicycles with, but they called the slowest person on the group ride the “LIMFAC.” It was short for “limiting factor.” The group as a courtesy did not want to leave the last person behind, but the faster people were aware of the [...]

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5 Steps to Intensively Boost Innovation

By |2020-03-09T20:44:28+00:00March 9th, 2020|

Getting better at anything requires discipline and innovation is no exception. One of the best ways leaders can instill innovation discipline is through an Innovation Intensive. Let’s take a look at what it is, why it matters, and the steps required to make it a success. What exactly is an [...]

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Over-steering. Are you a Sully or Schettino?

By |2020-03-08T17:15:58+00:00March 8th, 2020|

Any week of headlines will be full of dire warnings. The last several weeks have been particularly alarming with all the news and speculation surrounding the corona virus. While the risks appear real to some very vulnerable populations, the response in many cases has been of over-reaction. What has been [...]

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12 Beliefs that Negatively Impact Innovation

By |2020-03-05T14:26:57+00:00March 5th, 2020|

If culture is a set of common beliefs that determine behavior, then we want to pay careful attention to the beliefs that are helping or hindering innovation within our organizations. Below are twelve common ones I encounter. Look through the list and see if those or others might be at [...]

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5 Better Ways to Look for Innovation Ideas

By |2020-03-03T21:43:13+00:00March 3rd, 2020|

Are you looking for opportunity in all the wrong places? We just moved and I keep expecting things to be in their old places (like under a sink) when they are now in new places (like in a closet). If this recent corona virus experience has taught us anything is [...]

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Threats to Success: On Competition, Cannibals, and Crows

By |2020-02-24T22:35:51+00:00February 24th, 2020|

Don’t just wonder who moved your cheese, keep and eye on who might eat your lunch. Competitors are always looking to eat our lunch. It is a tough world out there, however you define it. That’s why leaders are so concerned with changes in market share and sales volume. But [...]

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