Can’t Lead From the Weeds

There are those in positions of power who get lost in their own egos and need to be in the center of things.  These people wind up leading with techniques like micro-managing, helicopter-managing or incessantly dabbling in the workings of their particular organizations and even the work of other organizations.  They get placed in these… 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

Leveraging Strength

Tension is created when we encounter different cultures or points of view.  Arguments ensue when we hold onto one side or the other.  The tension continues to build until something gives.  Is this process necessary? What about using that energy to ask questions and seek understanding of the other perspective? When I’ve found myself in… Read More

Our vision breathes life into our daily activities.

As Peter Senge points out in the Fifth Discipline, when there’s no shared vision within a company, there’s no common identity or goal amongst the employees.  As employees, we can see this lack of vision.  Division objectives are set without taking into account operational capability and efficiencies.  Departmental goals are disjointed accomplishing an improvement here… Read More

Our Manageable Properties

The means by which we achieve our desired states like pleasure, happiness and satisfaction, are the properties that we can directly influence.  Manageable properties are intrinsic and naturally belong in our lives.  A symbol of this is the center of a wheel.  By directly affecting the hub, we move all  attached to that hub.  And… Read More

Thinking about our Roots

Root Cause is a way of thinking that allows us to continually improve complex systems with both manageable and emergent properties.  It implies an ordered sequence of events.  However, having worked many root cause analyses as a quality engineer, within complex and even simple systems the causal chain is not linear, direct and easy to… Read More

Poor Timing

Timing our actions to address deficiencies as soon as they are perceived is more effective than waiting until we think a problem exists.  The difficulty is in the perceptions of those that lead, including our leadership of our own lives. Today, I had an executive “help” me with the backlog we have in inspection.  This… Read More