We all want simple answers. Like a child, we want answers we may comprehend. Children don’t have the language or understanding of multiple meanings to grasp the subtleties of experience and the truth derived from multiple perspectives. As adults we are continually learning new ways of seeing the world provided our intent is improvement and… 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
Minding Our Leadership Gap
Last time we spoke of feedback through auditing, interviews, and the like. Even going to the doctor is a form of feedback albeit less formal than audits or interviews. However, I know some folks who are just as stressed out by doctors as interviews and audits. We also spoke of the leadership gap between what… Read More
Do You Expect or Create?
I learn so much from my kids. I don’t know who’s wiser. Earlier this week, my wife and I had to get after them for bickering and even fighting. Well, my 8-year-old daughter smacked my 4-year-old son for something she didn’t like. We had to have discussions with both of them about how our son… Read More
Creating Bright Lines for Ourselves
Last time we talked about our daily problems and seeing them for what they are, a disconnect between what happens and our expectations of what happens. We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we believe or want them to be. We interpret our experience to fit the mold of our mental… Read More
Why do problems abound?
Everyday we are faced with problems. Some are as benign as making sure to use the restroom when we are out and about. Some are full-fledged issues that required our full attention. Then there are the problems that haunt us day after day like the time we spend at work instead of our family, sexual… Read More
Wisdom Beyond Our Years
Have you ever been backed into a corner with too many expectations of your time and energy? Perhaps there are too many subjects in school and your unable to upload it all. You may have kids, a full-time job, and health issues on top of it all. There are times in our lives where things… Read More
Factoring in the Crap
It’s up to us to include the crap factor of others as well as our own when planning to accomplish something. One method of dealing with the crap factors is to plan for contingencies. A contingency is nothing more than a possible future event we know may happen but are unable to predict with certainty. … Read More
What’s Your Crap Factor?
A comment was made in a recent meeting about program management I attended where there was a discussion about dealing with difficult customers, “People don’t perceive what effort it takes to meet their expectations. They only begin to understand when we add cost to their proposal.” Communication is inherently inefficient. There’s no way to know… Read More
Enjoying the Path
Recently, we decided to invest some of our most valuable resource, time, into connecting with a group we haven’t since we started the family project with the birth of our kids. After six to eight years and occasional attendance at the Taoist Tai Chi Society, we found a warm open reception. People were pleased at… Read More