Yikes! Half the year is gone!

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Here we are at mid-year already. Hopefully things are moving right along and you and your team have much to celebrate.

If instead, you have a big mess on your hands – or even a small mess or two – remember these wise words.

It was over 25 years ago that I heard Rosabeth Moss Canter say, “Everything is a mess in the middle”. Over and over since then, that phrase has been a valuable tool – Read more

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Facing the Impossible?

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Here is an inspirational story to share with your team or an individual when she is feeling down or discouraged or feeling like she is being asked to do the impossible. This story plus some problem solving may be just what is needed to boost morale and productivity.

roger bannisterOn May 5, 1954 , Roger Bannister did something that scientific and athletic communities considered humanly impossible. Read more

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Stupid or Genius?

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Here’s a great one. Spoken like a genius.

Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.

A nice reminder for leaders everywhere

Are there any fish on your team who are expected to climb trees?

What to do about it?

Read: 10 Ways to Manage Fish Who Can’t Climb Trees.


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Is your team gung ho?

If it’s not as Gung Ho! as you’d like it to be, go outside and observe nature for a while – in particular – the squirrels scampering non-stop, beavers building dams and geese honking overhead. Or if it’s cold with a dreary drizzle where you are, like it is where I am, just imagine them at work. Or pick up a copy of Gung Ho! by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

It’s a story about a business that’s about to close. A new manager comes in and finds one (and only one) department that’s high on morale and productivity. She digs in and learns their secrets to success which includes: “The Spirit of the Squirrel“, “The Way of the Beaver” and “The Gift of the Goose”. After applying these secrets to all parts of the business, instead of closing, it makes record profits and productivity.

It’s a good, quick book to read. One that can have lasting value for you as a leader. I re-visit my well-used, pink post-it note studded copy quite often – whenever I’m a bit stumped about a particular team or leadership issue. Just recently, I was re-visiting “The Way of the Beaver”.

Way of the beaver

In particular: Read more

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Scary stuff ahead?

Do you have some new projects, new challenges, new resolutions ahead that are scary as heck!?

If so – I hope this week’s quote helps you as much as it has helped us.

Saddle up, keep eyes on the horizon (destination) and enjoy the journey along the way.

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway

As a reminder we will be posting the above on our computer screens and the below on our bulletin boards.

You can do the same with just three clicks. Read more

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