Tension on a Team

Tug not War – Part 1 When you see the word tension, you usually think about things like conflict, stress, strain, or pressure. No leader wants these things for his team. These things will cause a team to self-destruct. It will implode and destroy anything connected to it. As leaders, we spend a great deal of time working on relieving tension from our team. By the time you realize that tension is present on your team, it is probably …

Enough is Enough

Life happens. You give and give yet it never seems to be enough. You may feel that your part of the relationship seems to do all of the giving and the other side is doing all of the taking. It could be that your are frustrated with where you are in your career, but are not sure when it is time to pursue something different. You may have made some poor decisions and it seems you just keep making more. Maybe …

Giving Children (and others we lead) Someone To Follow

Children are always looking for a role model. If they see a fireman, police officer, or doctor, that is what they would like to become. By tomorrow, they may have something else on their mind. The point is, they are very impressionable and in need of the right kind of examples to follow. We are examples whether we want to be or not. We are examples whether it is a good one or not. We …

Blurring the Lines

Gaining clarity about things that are important  The hardest part of day-to-day life is keeping on track and prioritized. In much of our life we major on the minors, and minor on the majors. We start out with good intentions. We aim in the right direction, but for some reason, we easily get off track.  Imagine an airplane leaving Atlanta headed to Paris. The headings are set and the flight plan is filed. The plane …

Meetings that Make Money!

The cold hard fact is that most people hate meetings. They start at 9am sharp and end at 11am dull. Many team members report feeling that it does nothing more than waste their time and sometimes it even leaves them more discouraged and confused than when they arrived. Many leaders hate meetings, too. Most leaders feel that they are supposed to hold meetings, but aren’t even sure what to do at one. Think of the …

Ready, Fire, Aim!

Click to follow me on: Twitter  LinkedIn   Facebook Opening things you might want to consider: Aim low, and you can reach your goals without getting disappointed. If you can stay calm, while your surroundings are in chaos, then you probably haven’t completely understood the seriousness of the situation. Doing a job right the first time gets the job done. Doing the job wrong fourteen times gives you job security. Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity …

POP: Personal Optimum Performance

Have you ever wondered if you were truly operating at an optimum performance level? Do you feel like you have an ADHD work habit? Research, think, ready to write? Hey there goes a squirrel. Then you ask yourself, “What was I doing?” Are you like me? Tired of a “Daily To-Do List”? It is just a long list of things that grows longer every day. Why? It is because the same things,(that we don’t want …

Culture-Shaping – Connecting Millennials to Your Team

As a Consultant working with many teams, almost every week I hear something like, “How do we reach millennials… and keep them?” That is a great question. It is one that seems to be baffling many leaders and managers. Depending on who you talk to, Millennials were born from around 1980-2004. It is believed that Millennials will make up over 50% of the workforce by 2020 and 75% by 2030. They are tagged as the …

Climbing the Ladder of Success

Everyone wants to be successful. We all want to believe that we have reached the pinnacle that gives us admiration, respect, and most of all, success. There is nothing wrong with that if it is for the right reason and done within the right parameters. Those who reach the top of the latter of success by breaking the rules, rarely stay there. Some want to be successful but are going about it in unethical, immoral, or at best, unsustainable …