We get wrapped up in how we think things ought to be. Being wrapped around the axial of whatever is going on inside our heads prevents us from connecting with the reality of the situation unfolding around us. Our emotions flare. Things get thrown or doors get slammed. In the worst cases we wind up hurting someone… Read More
NOTE: For those who know me, this may not have the typical energy of topics that get me riled. I’m aiming at a very large audience and my cursing has been removed. I’m not one to rant, but I saw something this week that irks me to no end. What’s worse is I’ve heard it… Read More
Learning to Manage Ourselves
My son had one of those evenings parents just want to let die and fade into the forgetton past. He was tired, unfocused and generally difficult at the end of the day. We tried being stern as well as soft-spoken and understanding. Nothing seemed to work. He was upset, five years old and determined to… Read More
Are you a Victim of your Own Success?
As we go through life we build momentum. Our decisions and actions produce results. Those results may lead to success or failure. When we find failure, we have the opportunity to learn how to do things better and avoid those failings in the future. Provided we learn from our mistakes, we build success on our… Read More
Points of Efficacy
Do you know you the point beyond which you are unable to produce a desired or intended result? There’s a point when we don’t have enough energy to focus due to not enough food or sleep. There’s a level of alcohol past which we lose the ability to maintain control of our actions. There’s point… Read More
What is Accountability?
In the simplest biz of you terms I can think of accountability is saying what you do and doing what you say. This taking responsibility for your actions in a manner that others can count is the basis of integrity. It is fundamental to managing the business of you as stated in a previous post… Read More
Profit comes when the job is done right.
“Profit comes when the job is done right.” This idea came up during a discussion with a friend of mine about facilitating a paradigm shift at work. When a company is focused on profit, project centricity becomes primary. This is natural as project management is critical to managing earned value in the quest to maximize… Read More
I Support Accountability
Recently, I picked up a prescription for my wife. The thing is insurance didn’t cover it and it was over $300. I put it on the flexible spending account (FSA) card we have as that’s what it’s for. The pharmacy technician said that if I brought back a manufacturers coupon within 14 days we could… Read More
Quality of Life Emerges Out of Our Decisions
Recently, an auditor evaluated the company I work for to approve us to perform work to their workmanship processes. During the close out session, the auditor made a comment the struck a chord. “I let go of the quality in my life 15 years ago.” He went on to talk about working overtime and dedicating… Read More
Our Primary Resource, Time
The first resource we all have some measure of control over is time. As Dr. Tolian Soran said in the movie Star Trek Generations, “Time is the fire in which we burn.” This is a common sentiment especially when we do not use that fire to accomplish what we choose. When others choose the objectives… Read More