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....
Mixed Links #2 – Making Change Possible

Mixed Links #2 – Making Change Possible

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton Making Change Possible Do you want to become a better leader, build stronger communications, or move your project...
Mixed Links #1

Mixed Links #1

Do you want to ask better questions, be inspired about purpose, or better align with remote teams? These resources caught our eye lately at Facilitator on Fire. Sip now or bookmark for a meal later! What we’ve found Ask better questions. Questions are the...
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.”...
Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 of 5

Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 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...
What teams should be reading in 2018

What teams should be reading in 2018

Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx Essential self-help books must do more than inspire. The best ones also offer practical skills that anyone can learn and train themselves to master.  I refuse to...