How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects

We are overwhelmed from the complexity and volume of information every day. Much of it comes from the ease of team members and customers having the convenience of being able to email and text us. In your given day, think about how much you read in your inbox. Pages and pages of content that hasContinue reading “How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects”

Most People are Almost Fits at Best

Business problems are largely people problems. And, in the same vein, business is people. Yes, you can automate. That’s easier than dealing with people. Machines, software and automation follows rules, logic and functionality. But people don’t fit what the job usually requires. They are almost fits at best. They don’t come in the specific shape,Continue reading “Most People are Almost Fits at Best”

Manage By Outcomes

How do you know most of your work matters? There are probably a few things that matter to produce the outcomes important to an organization. Most work is simply effort and cost and does not produce meaningful results. You can see this with the ridiculing of office politics and people doing busy work in cartoonsContinue reading “Manage By Outcomes”

Don’t Hold the Hot Potato

We remember the game as kids. The hot potato moved around the group and your job was to touch it and pass it. You were part of the game of movement. You lose if you hold on too long. When you are dealing with information, you are holding the hot potato. The next person needsContinue reading “Don’t Hold the Hot Potato”

Manage Oneself

That one can truly manage other people is by no means adequately proven. But one can always manage oneself. Indeed, executives who do not manage themselves for effectiveness cannot possibly expect to manage their associates and subordinates. Management is largely by example. Executives who do not know how to make themselves effective in their ownContinue reading “Manage Oneself”

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Perfectionism can be the antithesis of good business. That fixation of doing things right, rather than┬ádoing the right things, can move us away from the goals that matter. I think there’s a lot of talk on KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators), but it’s hard for many people to slow down,┬áthink, and identify the core things thatContinue reading “What Gets Measured Gets Done”

Shopping the Talent Store

These remarkable times truly do afford anyone with an idea the opportunity to build something quickly and cheaply. The connected economy makes it easy to put together a site, market, drive sales, fulfill promises and ship products and services. The missing ingredient for success is less about the resources and tools available and much moreContinue reading “Shopping the Talent Store”

Fooled by Heroics

  We do not tend to give compliments or recognition for, “Look what I prevented from happening.” It’s simply not how our brains work. Yes, we have heard the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” However, who do you observe living this out consistently? When crises happens,Continue reading “Fooled by Heroics”