The Might as Wells – Letting one thing lead to too many others.

I call it sequences, that annoying way of letting a simple task become far more complex. Even Murphy and his sagacious laws (If anything can go wrong it will, et al) has wryly observed that “You can’t do something until you do something else first.” Sometimes, it is unavoidable…and true. You really can’t do some … Read more…

Is doing what you do getting you what you really want?

Start-ups are, in many ways, a lot easier than leading a seasoned company or organization. Once systems, methods, and procedures are in place they can become part of the corporate identity. Indeed, they become you and you become identified as them. If they work, okay. If they move your department, company, or organization toward your … Read more…

7 ways to know the difference between strategies and tactics

The vision: Liberate Europe, defeat Germany and Italy, then establish a new world order The strategy: A cross-channel invasion followed by succeeding maneuvers to push the enemy back, destroy their ability and resolve to wage war, bring about their defeat. The strategy was called Operation Overlord. The tactics: pre-assault aerial bombardment, land troops, fight the … Read more…

The hidden cost of meetings and why hiring someone to facilitate can be a great idea

The scene: Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. The participants: A group of educators representative of several organizations and agencies. The Purpose: Develop an vocational training program to enhance the skills of leaders already in place throughout the tribe. The plan had to satisfy the practical needs of skill development and the intangible … Read more…

Seeing over the top of the hill and around the corners – why leaders understand the principle of line of sight

Two of my employees were working out of the shop installing components we had made in the shop. Theirs was not a particularly complicated or difficult job, removing old pieces, installing hardware on the new components, reinstalling them, and painting. They were competent, responsible, and hardworking guys. They made my life much easier and my … Read more…

The Battle of the Bulge and you, what bungled intelligence gathering means for your business

I watched an enlightening program yesterday on the Battle of the Bulge. After successfully breaching the “Atlantic Wall,” as the Nazi defenses were called, Allied forces had the German army on the run. By December, 1944, things were going very well for the Allies and very badly for Hitler. It was the concerted opinion of … Read more…

7 traits of a great planner

It’s time to become small minded. Visionaries are big thinkers. Planners may make big plans but they think small. They take the grand scheme of things and turn it into smaller steps. Planners are comprehensive thinkers whose skillset includes the ability to break things up into increments and whose experience has shown them the necessity … Read more…

The magic word – planning

What’s the magic word? The guest speaker was seated on the stage, ready to deliver his keynote address. On his right sat the coordinator of the event, the person responsible for pulling all the many strands together to create a worthwhile encounter for speakers and participants alike. On his left sat one of the other … Read more…