Tips, tools and thoughts for top performance

How to Have Conversations that Lead to Better Innovation

By |2020-02-19T16:30:07+00:00February 19th, 2020|

“Hey boss, I’ve got a great idea.” This phrase should be music to a leader’s ears, but often the value of the moment is fumbled away and can be handled better than with a simple no or "go for it." These moments are opportunities for exploration and to make sure [...]


Intelligent Improvements

By |2020-02-18T21:12:13+00:00February 18th, 2020|

There’s a million things a person could do when they move into a new place. We can remodel a bathroom. We can get new drapes. We can plant new landscaping. The options can be bewildering. The same is true for our options at work. There are a million things we [...]


Is your Organization Bounce Back Ready?

By |2020-02-18T14:05:16+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Those that recover from setbacks seem to be the ones that have the best capacity to start with. Those who were in shape prior to a hip or knee replacement get their mobility back quicker. Those who had prolonged periods of inactivity will likely take more time to get the [...]


Maintaining the Positive Habits of Moving

By |2020-02-10T22:29:21+00:00February 10th, 2020|

We have found a new house and I am currently surrounded by moving boxes in anticipation of moving day. Nobody likes to move, but the process of moving is an excellent reminder of key habits that can improve individual and leader performance. These include the following: Hold on loosely. Do [...]


Golden Ages

By |2020-01-27T15:33:32+00:00January 27th, 2020|

In the not so distant past, discount airlines really were bargains. Today, while $99 fares are still advertised, actually being able to book a cheap deal is a lot less common. Rideshares to date have been both cheaper and often a better quality ride than taxis. Those days may also [...]


Managing the Appetite for Change

By |2020-01-21T12:35:46+00:00January 21st, 2020|

When I was a kid, I’d notice that my dad would often have a random mint or piece of gum on the counter next to his keys and wallet. My kid brain did not understand why he hadn’t eaten it. (It’s candy!!) In this and in other ways I have [...]


The Pitfalls of Adaptability

By |2020-01-05T18:25:58+00:00January 5th, 2020|

A popular Marine motto is “improvise, adapt, overcome.” In work and life, people are often good at the first two and less so on the last. They contort and adapt to the situations at hand instead of taking on issues head on. People will talk themselves into a job that [...]


Leaders and the Mind-muscle Connection

By |2019-12-30T00:31:02+00:00December 30th, 2019|

Tis the season for fitness resolutions. Many people are hitting the gym to get more fit in the new year. While fitness goals can vary widely, many will say they want to get stronger and have more muscle. But even the people that are very consistent in getting to the [...]


5 Ways Small Thinking Kills Innovation Efforts

By |2019-12-18T17:38:50+00:00December 18th, 2019|

Amazing but true: Small thinking can emerge (like relentless weeds in a garden), even when the subject is as big as innovation. And when leaders think small, they cannot expect big results. Based on my observations of leaders (spanning a variety of industries), leaders can fall into the trap of [...]


Key Players

By |2019-12-08T18:52:17+00:00December 8th, 2019|

Key players matter. The Golden State Warriors are obviously struggling without their injured star, Stephen Curry. GE (once one of the bluest of the blue chip stocks) has lost nearly half a trillion in market value under less-than-stellar leadership post-Jack Welch. The best talent will often have an out-sized impact [...]