The Best Team for the Job

How do you get that crack team of specialists to effortlessly diffuse those impending corporate disasters, pull product concepts out of top hats, resuscitate that morbid culture… how how how? The answer is to snap off the team branches and feed the trunk. Teams are used for everything these days, which means most employees find …

The Active Brain

People like to relax actively.  What’s that?  Yes, most people want something to do while they’re not doing anything.  Look at vacations.  Nearly everyone has a vacation itinerary filled with activities.  And while these are not typically challenges cognitively speaking, they usually involve walking somewhere special, seeing something unique, or trying something unusual.  But in …

Check(list) please!

Checklists are critical tools for operations.  In refining a system, the checklist makes it easy to identify poor performing tasks.  They are also great in service, helping enable more consistent experiences for customers.  Managers need checklists for leadership.  With all the information known on effective management, it is easy to let a technique drop.  Also, …

Requests up the Chain

A lot is made over top management not getting the picture.  Manage on the front line, the adage goes these days.  The point trying to be made is that decision makers are not well enough informed of the creative and innovative ideas and visions of their work force.  MBA courses and business seminars are aimed …

The Power of Negative Thinking

It’s easy to get down on simple inconveniences and unpleasantries: The jerk driving too slow on the way to the office; Your baseball team letting one slip by in the bottom of the ninth; The long line at the register.  These dangerous situations can have an astounding affect on your production.  Turning sour because of …

Quick Reminder about Networking

Networking is the process of utilizing your contacts to build opportunities.  Some people think that networking is just making these contacts.  But networking is not adding to a list.  You must actively engage your network, and often. This does not mean exploiting your connections or annoying everyone until their ears bleed.  To make your network …