Tag: strategy

  • Gruesome

    Gruesome

    They say that execution eats strategy for breakfast. But emotional intelligence devours execution while it sleeps. Ew. But hmm.

  • Choose Wisely, Leader

    Choose Wisely, Leader

    Everywhere we look, there are tumultuous events on the surface and a calmer, wiser, stronger force sitting quietly behind the hoopla. We see it in people, companies, and entire populations.  As this article describes, no matter how horrible it looks on the surface, we gain hope and power by tapping the wiser, quieter parts. Choosing […]

  • Choosing to Relieve Your Company’s Growth Pains

    Choosing to Relieve Your Company’s Growth Pains

    Growth hurts. We don’t like the complexity. Our company used to be simpler but now has more people and more moving parts. We spend time on things–bureaucratic things!–that we never needed to spend time on before. Issues that used to be unnoticeable or at least manageable become painful. Everyone gives more but we’re getting burnt…

  • Why Direction, Goals, and Objectives Can Fail

    Why Direction, Goals, and Objectives Can Fail

    Our number one priority as leaders is setting direction, goals, and objectives. Why do we only sometimes achieve them? Three reasons: We set them incorrectly. They were not clear, practical, and aligned with our purpose and values. We can learn from experience to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) direction, goals, and objectives…

  • That Important Project?

    That Important Project?

    You know that important project? The one you’d get to someday when you had some time? The one that maybe takes you out of your comfort zone? If today isn’t that someday–if you haven’t yet taken advantage of these times to launch that project–maybe it’s not the right project and you can let it go.…

  • Why Your Strategy Goes Off the Rails and How to Fix It

    Why Your Strategy Goes Off the Rails and How to Fix It

    Most of our time at work we focus on Do: getting done all the stuff that needs to be done.  This is sometimes called Execution. We rightly invest time, energy, and money improving our Do. Sometimes, we pull back to examine What we should be doing (and why we should do it).  This is sometimes…

  • Which Would You Rather?

    Which Would You Rather?

    Which would you rather have: a book of formulas for success or the insight to let you shortcut the formulas? Yeah, me too.   In your corner, Mike PS: That’s why these notes are lighter on technique and heavier on the broader perspectives.   Today’s photo credit: fs999 White Beauty via photopin (license)

  • ‘ext Before ‘ent, Please

    ‘ext Before ‘ent, Please

    For the sake of speed at work and home, we tend to concentrate on content: who’s doing what and how & when they are doing it. But, oh wow, does this generate resistance! People will actively or passively fight over these details. They fight mostly because they have no ways or means to agree. Our…

  • Pursue Our Dreams?

    Pursue Our Dreams?

    In business and life we wonder, “Should we pursue our dreams or be realistic?” Hold on! Who said these are mutually exclusive?   In your corner, Mike   Today’s photo credit: J.M.Seekford Soar via photopin (license)

  • Certain Change Leaders

    Certain Change Leaders

    Some leaders are comfortable with and even thrive in uncertainty and change. We see them being strategic, inspirational, and courageous. They help us find our next best markets, positioning, and offers. Their blind spot is getting to the end zone before everyone else and wondering why no one has followed them. Other leaders demand certainty and resist…