There were cows and barn doors flying through the air! Whole trees were spinning in the clouds like toothpicks! Okay, not really. But the storm had been so frightening that each time we told the story we embellished our tornado experience. This … Continue reading
Okay, okay! I know it has been way too long since I’d posted to this blog. Life has been phenomenally hectic. Business travel has finally settled down. Football season is in full gear. (My nephew is leading his high school … Continue reading
Do the following phrases mean anything to you? Eight to five. Twenty-two and a half inches. Check your diagonals. For some of you these terms may bring back memories of high scool marching band because you spent years listening to … Continue reading
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Orange barrels. I am pretty confident that all I have to do is mention orange barrels and everyone who reads this will understand what I mean. Road blocks. Traffic snarling confusion. Sit and go nowhere road construction. In America the … Continue reading
My mother was a pioneer in LEAN business methodologies. (Learn, examine, analyze, and notate.) Oh, she never had any training in LEAN tool application but she was an expert in learning what I was doing, examining how well I had … Continue reading
More times than I care to admit I have gotten a little full of myself, as my mother would have described it, only to have a humbling reality check follow. Thank goodness for the servant leaders who have gone before … Continue reading
Funny how different things look from the air. Several years ago, to celebrate a significant birthday, I went skydiving. It was a blast, most exciting thing I’ve ever done. (Aside from marrying my sweetheart and raising a few sons.) Of … Continue reading
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Have you ever thought about silence. You know, that awkward silence when the boss asks a question and no one answers. Or when someone says something inappropriate. Or that moment in a meeting when a co-worker makes a statement that … Continue reading
A particular individual contributor I know is constantly hammering her manger to know when she will be promoted to manager. It is a consistent cry, “I’m ready to be promoted to manager, why won’t you promote me?” The thing is … Continue reading
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This is a picture of courageous leadership. To move yourself from first to last. From most important to least important. To put someone else’s forever needs in front of your temporary embarrassment. I wonder how many of us could make … Continue reading