Unmotivated employees? We can fix that.

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”– Vince Lombardi

A Problem

Of course, we all want our teams to be high performing.   Accomplishing great things is rewarding on many levels.   However, the gap between this desire and realizing the achievement is often wide.   How do we get our team aligned and working together?  Why are so many focused on individual goals rather than those of the team?

Looking for a book that will change your thinking?

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”  Albert Einstein

Bookstores, Amazon wish lists, and many Kindle devices are filled with ‘business how-to’ books where a myriad of authors promise to share their self-improvement secrets.   Most are either overhyped or are a regurgitation of what another author said the previous year.

Great Strategy: What does it look like?

“Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run.” Seth Godin

Last post, I shared insights about what was not good strategy (tactical ideas, ‘table stakes’ offerings…). Today, I want to share what a top notch business strategy looks like. 

Strategy: A Widely Misunderstood Business Term

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Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition. It’s not a matter of being better at what you do – it’s a matter of being different at what you do.” Michael Porter

There’s a lot of bad ‘strategy’ efforts out there.  Here’s what you should avoid.

The Obstacle is the Way

After seeing Ryan Holiday speak at the 2017 ScalingUp Summit in St. Louis, I was very impressed and very intrigued.  First, he was a 30 year old guy who was now in his 2nd successful career.  Second, he was clearly well versed and scholarly on the subject of Stoicism – which is a topic that I would expect to be espoused by someone in their 60s or 70s.

Focus: What I learned from Jay Papasan’s “The ONE Thing”

The Hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one.

-Russian proverb

A few weeks ago, my friend, Vince, and I were discussing how the most successful people and organizations have a clear focus on a simple goal. Conversely, the topic arose of how those that struggle are far more likely to be aiming at too many targets or continuously changing their point of aim. Vince reached back on his shelf and handed me a book and suggested that I give it a read. That’s how I was introduced to “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Jay Papasan.

3 Telltale Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

When helping small to midsize businesses launch, grow, and reinvent themselves, I introduce new and improved systems and techniques that help to move the enterprise towards its goals. However, these tools stand upon the foundation of a leader that can introduce and implement them effectively.

With such a leader, the results can be spectacular. In the absence of a business savvy leader, the output of even the best processes is limited.