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Deliver the Heavy Mail

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July 5, 2017

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Deliver the Heavy Mail

05 July 2017 “Heavy mail” is the unpleasant news you don’t want to deliver;  i.e. weekend over-time required, furloughs, poor performance.  Two unpleasant performance management issues crossed my desk recently and they highlight the importance of delivering the “heavy mail” quickly.  Key lessons are: 1)  Have clear expectations; 2)  Talk […]

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A GREAT GIFT TO START THE YEAR: 5-to-Thrive

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January 3, 2017

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December 29, 2016 Foundational ideas: Earl Nightingale: We become what we think about Napoleon Hill: Thoughts are things Ed Locke: Goal setting positively impacts performance Attached is the best gift I can give you for the New Year…a planning framework called “5-to-Thrive.”  Five years ago the Arab Spring was starting, […]

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Are you a Hazard Tracker?

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July 12, 2016

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Are you a Hazard Tracker?

7/12/2016 It is a prudent business person who tracks hazards. Complacency is the antidote for survival. Killer hazards + probability thinking = Massive exposure to trouble   In a recent workshop, this picture generated rich discussion… While this is just a picture of dirt, does it contain information that may […]

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The Productivity Trap

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April 20, 2016

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4/20/16 The Productivity Trap 20% productivity improvement is still possible just by focusing on people People are still important Automating inefficient processes is bad Supervisors are key; do not assume these skills come naturally. In a recent interview on the state of the economy, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, […]

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PENCIL-WHIP-IT…Let’s Lie to Ourselves

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January 26, 2016

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E-bits January 2015   PENCIL-WHIP-IT…Let’s Lie to Ourselves   The test-cells being toured looked great.  Their 5-S score was a solid 4.5.  I stopped at a line of compressors to review the TPM, Total Predictive Maintenance, sheets.  “Impressive,” I said, flipping through pages of small print items.  Initials were at […]

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The BIG talent development questions…

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October 5, 2015

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Cultivating talent is a strategic initiative.  Use this set of questions to help create your talent development plan.  What problems must we be solving in 2025 for which we need to be cultivating talent  today? What are the non-negotiables for running the business? What decisions were made in 2011 about […]

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Management Churn Burns

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October 1, 2014

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Premise:  Organizational performance improves with management stability and consistent vision. Seven-in-eight, eight-in-nine…both are very telling stories.  I recently worked with two different people who reported having almost a boss-a-year.  Seven bosses in eight years!  Is it a surprise that performance stagnates when the senior person constantly changes?  A union president […]

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Attitude Adjustment

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April 15, 2012

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April, 2012 Are you experiencing feelings of frustration, irritation or indifference? Are the people around you finding you to be cranky, snippy or rude? Maybe today is a good time for an attitude check; a time to hit the “attitude reset button.” While there are some fairly complicated definitions of […]

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Dangers of Drift

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March 1, 2012

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01 March 2012 To be at your place of peak performance stay vigilant for drift. Drift is a concept that Prof. Sidney Dekker at Lunds University in Sweden uses to describe a facet of human factors and safety. Human factors determines how a person‟s assessments and actions made sense to […]

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Just 5 Goals

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January 31, 2012

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31 January 2012 The positive impact of writing down your goals is one of the most widely researched topics in psychology. Ed Locke, the pioneer of goal-setting theory, proved “goal setting positively impacts performance.” 2012 started at full throttle and look how quickly January passed. Five goals are offered to […]

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