Tips, tools and thoughts for top performance

The $2 Billion Headache

By |2019-05-17T16:36:36+00:00May 17th, 2019|

When Bayer bought Monsanto they also inherited over 13,000 lawsuits alleging that Roundup weed killer caused cancer. One couple just got a 2 billion dollar jury award. Any deal can come with a side order of headaches whether a big acquisition, a key hire, or the latest software purchase that [...]


Leaders Taking Flight

By |2019-05-16T15:45:13+00:00May 16th, 2019|

Why do flight attendants close the full overhead bins when people are still boarding? Later boarding passengers will inevitably open all the closed bins as they gamely search for a place for their bag. I think the flight attendants close them because they have already convinced themselves there is no [...]


Leader Alert You are Vulnerable

By |2019-05-15T13:58:59+00:00May 15th, 2019|

Vulnerability is a popular buzzword in leadership circles. Being vulnerable is presented as a choice, but the truth is that leaders are already vulnerable in the sense that people already know their leader is not perfect and likely does not have all the answers. Is it news to anyone that [...]


Organizational Calorie Counting

By |2019-05-14T13:55:28+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Organizational Calorie Counting Simply “cutting costs” is the same as people saying they are going to starve themselves to lose 20 pounds and “get healthy.” The scale is only one dimension of health. Body composition, stability, range of motion, endurance, etc. all count too. Using judgement in the various factors [...]


Leader Job 1

By |2019-05-09T21:29:18+00:00May 9th, 2019|

The head of the Arizona Department of Corrections is getting criticism because the department cannot seem to be able to keep the doors of prison inmates locked. Keeping an inmate in their cell would seem to be the key aspect of the job. While leaders have a host of things [...]


Leaders and Over-thinking

By |2019-05-08T20:14:10+00:00May 8th, 2019|

Most leaders understand that they should not jump in and DO. (That is the basic form of the exercise of restraint known as delegation and empowerment.) What leaders should also restrain themselves from is THINKING for their teams and direct reports. This latter lack of restraint is often not as [...]


Boeing MAX and The Smartest People Not in the Room

By |2019-05-07T14:34:26+00:00May 7th, 2019|

As part of the Boeing MAX safety saga, it has been reported that the input of seasoned pilot test groups may have been minimized in an effort to streamline the development process. Not having these smartest people in the room may have allowed the seriousness and potential risks of the [...]


What Leaders Really Want: Investible Opportunities

By |2019-05-06T19:40:33+00:00May 6th, 2019|

What Leaders Really Want: Investible Opportunities Leaders often say they want more ideas from their organization. Ideas are actually plentiful. What leaders really want are investible opportunities. Investible opportunities are ideas into which the organization is willing to invest time, attention, and resources. Have a great idea? Turn it into [...]


Friday Birds

By |2019-05-03T13:20:22+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

I like Fridays. Birds, however, seem to have the right of it. Whatever the day, they sing a little song with the rising of the sun and then go look for something to eat.  They don’t get hung up on the label of the day. I have yet to observe [...]


Eyes up Here

By |2019-05-02T13:15:18+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

Why do some people lean in to read a name tag when they meet people at an event? I think it is because they want to know what you are before they know they know who you are. Color me an old-fashioned adult, but the best way to figure that [...]