What’s your intention?

The word intention has it’s roots in the Latin Intendere (intend).  To intend something is to ‘direct the attention to.’  Our attention is directed by both our conscious and unconscious minds.  Unconsciously, our drives, instincts and impulses have a direction with some rooted deep in our psyche’s and part of our genetic programming.  Sometimes we… Read More

Issues Arise out of not Managing Our Business.

Looking at my recent posts, I find I’ve had the opportunity to work and befriend some excellent people.  However, things are not as rosy as I write it.  I also work and know people who are on the other end of the spectrum.  There are those who don’t manage their business and complain about what’s… Read More

Igniting Our Fire to Create

In the aerospace industry, reactive problem solving is the norm.  Satellite programs start with a schedule behind where it is supposed to be.  A launch window has already been acquired or the alignment of celestial bodies give only a two week period in order for a mission to proceed.  We attempt to build in schedule… 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

Managing Expectations Yields Opportunity

There are many organizations, especially in the aerospace industry, that struggle with perpetual reaction mode.  Unfortunately it starts with the contract award.  When we plan for being proactive including adequate margin, we are told by our customers our schedule or cost does not meet their expectations.  What do we do?  We capitulate.  We cut out… 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

Embracing Confrontation

My wife and I were discussing having leadership roles at work.  Confrontation is unavoidable.  Trust issues come up.  People want to be seen as powerful or experienced and thus show themselves like a bird of paradise or peacock.  When issues and confrontations do arise, the leader has a choice to make.  As in the wild,… 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