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The Sirens of Performance Improvement

“Next, where the Sirens dwell, you plough the seas; Their song is death, and makes destruction please.”               -Homer (The Odyssey) Have you ever left port on a ship and traveled into the open sea? Casting off, you head outward, slicing smoothly yet...

Here’s to the Crazy Ones- the Ruckusmakers

Today would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. In his honor, TODAY is the first official Ruckusmakers’ Day, being celebrated all over the world. Here’s a [very] partial list of Ruckusmakers… Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Martin Luther King had a dream....

What’s Wrong with Pursuing Excellence?

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” –Voltaire I’ve been scoffed at by the leaders of “Centers of Excellence.” Been cast aside by those launching “Corporate Excellence” initiatives. I’ve even been called a “heretic”...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

After a day of pre-Christmas shopping this past Sunday, my wife and I returned just after 7PM to a dark (and growing colder) house.  It was 17deg F outside; down to 52 inside.  Our generator had already been scheduled to be repaired…the next day.  Being the brave and...

Things to Avoid (part deux)- the “Shiny Box Syndrome”

After a day of pre-Christmas shopping this past Sunday, my wife and I returned just after 7PM to a dark (and growing colder) house.  It was 17deg F outside; down to 52 inside.  Our generator had already been scheduled to be repaired…the next day.  Being the brave and...

Things to Avoid [Part I]- “Analoculitis”

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From WHAT to HOW

There are (2) predominant pitfalls into which organizations plummet in their efforts to improve human performance.  See if this one sounds familiar to you... It's called ANALOCULITIS, and it is currently at epidemic levels in many sectors. ANALOCULITIS defined: Gross...

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Are you stuck in the WHAT at the expense of the HOW? In man’s early efforts to fly, he attempted to mimic the best practices of the best fliers. He crafted wings made of feathers, strapped them to his arms, jumped off a [cathedral] and flapped like crazy. When earlier...

BRIEFING #5: Cultural Hypnosis

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ­ - Cicero  If you’re in the United States, it’s time to turn off your monitor, and head home to what’s most important.  And as I prepare to end my week and do the same, on...

BRIEFING #4: History Does NOT Repeat Itself

“There’s not a single one of you who’s ever had an original thought.” When I was in high school, my US Government teacher (yes, such study was required back in the day) told our room filled with twelfth-graders, “There’s not a single one of you who’s ever had an...

BRIEFING #3: It’s [ALL] in the Marketing…

"History does not repeat itself.  People repeat history." It’s been written about and generally accepted for centuries that…history repeats itself. Polybius (ca. 200-118BC), an early Roman historian, was one of the first to proclaim this observation. And look around…...

BRIEFING #1: Third-Dimension Thinking

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ­ - Cicero  If you’re in the United States, it’s time to turn off your monitor, and head home to what’s most important.  And as I prepare to end my week and do the same, on...

What is Your “Next Level”?

Note: This is the first of a SIX-PART BRIEFING SERIES to help you bust through barriers you might be confronted with as a performance improvement professional.  Each BRIEFING will build upon the previous BRIEFING(s).  Stick with them, grab the parts that make sense to...

The Best Way to Predict Your Future

Here is a question of great significance for your future:  If you and I were having a conversation 18 months from now, looking back over those 18 months, what would have had to happen in order for you to feel happy about your progress? Why is your answer to this...

This is Why We Do What We Do…

As your pace of life and work continues to accelerate- As government regulation, global competition and uncertainty continue to rise- As demands upon you accelerate while the means to get things done seem to stagnate or diminish- There is a fundamental truth available...

Family, Friends, Love, Giving, and…Gratitude

After a day of pre-Christmas shopping this past Sunday, my wife and I returned just after 7PM to a dark (and growing colder) house.  It was 17deg F outside; down to 52 inside.  Our generator had already been scheduled to be repaired…the next day.  Being the brave and...

CHOICES

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Calculating Return on Investment (ROI)

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” –Voltaire I’ve been scoffed at by the leaders of “Centers of Excellence.” Been cast aside by those launching “Corporate Excellence” initiatives. I’ve even been called a “heretic”...

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