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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Tough Times & Other Lessons from Dad

Every time I go through a tough time, I think of my Dad and a book he gave me years ago when I was going through a rough patch.  The title is Tough Times Never Last; Tough People Do.  The content was helpful, but the theme was especially powerful because it came from him. Then and for the many years since, it has reminded me to stay tough.

In celebration of Fathers Day and because now – right now – I could use a reminder about tough times, I’m sharing it here today. I hope others will find it helpful as well.  Feel free to share it freely with colleagues, family members and friends.

 

 

More Lessons from Lots of Dads

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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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Not getting anywhere?

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In celebration of National Bike Month, I share this quote which includes a bike. At least – a picture of one.

Not getting where you want to get?

Many quotes could accompany this picture.

Quotes about vision, goals, plans, alignment, teamwork, etc, but because of its power and possible meanings, I decided to let it stand on its own.

Are any members of your team going in opposite directions?

Is it because you, their leader, hasn’t established a clear destination?

Or is it because your leaders haven’t done it?

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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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