Refocus on goals every day

Refocus on goals every day

James Pond on unsplash You don’t need another system – you need to refocus on goals every day   I have a confession to make: as someone who loves helping teams increase productivity, I am a sucker for office supplies and organizing systems. But, what I’ve...
Accountability Not Perfection

Accountability Not Perfection

Raka Rachgo on unsplash   I once worked with a woman who would hold up a project if she disagreed with the use (or lack) of the Oxford comma. Or any questionable grammar, no matter how small or subjective. Consequently, correspondence would be late. Tiny projects...
My very favorite 4-letter word begins with “F.”

My very favorite 4-letter word begins with “F.”

That word is “fail.” (I bet that’s not what you were thinking.) Why? It’s simple, really. When we fail, we learn. When we learn, we grow. When we grow, we have a much better chance at succeeding – as long as we keep going. Failure is a natural, normal process....
Purpose means you show up anyway

Purpose means you show up anyway

Motivation is not enough This morning, I took a red-eye flight home from a conference that was several time zones away. It was a terrific but intense conference for entrepreneurs, and I am bone-tired. Yet I am sitting here at my computer anyway, taking a risk that...
The lost art of apologizing

The lost art of apologizing

Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. – Margaret Lee Runbeck It doesn’t have to be the hardest word. I was surprised by a recent news item noting Ohio’s Governor John Kasich had issued an apology to a local...
“It’s complicated” Is True

“It’s complicated” Is True

Dishwashing plus camping equals context. When I was a kid, one of my family chores was washing the dishes in the evening several times a week.  I grew up in a farming community back in the 80s, when almost nobody had a fancy electric appliance called a “dishwasher.”...
Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

Implementing plans is hard for teams. I get it. I see it all the time. Struggling to implement plans is one key roadblock most teams have in common. I’ve worked with countless teams over the years to overcome planning issues.  I’ve noticed they all seem to get caught...