We Missed the Exit to Chick-fil-A

I’m back home in Central Maine where the people are wicked sharp, the Humpty Dumpty chips are wicked good, and the air smells like Christmas trees. (See pronunciation guide below.) “Wicked” is an… Continue reading

The Five Practices of Smart Teams

Teams, like individuals, can be stupid or smart. Stupid teams consists of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors. The 5 practices of smart teams: #1. Team members disagree with the team leader.… Continue reading

The Secret to Navigating the Volatile Path to Success

The path to success is messy. You’ve seen straight-line growth arrows, as if success is neat, safe, predictable and always in the upward direction. The path to success is a volatile ocean that… Continue reading

A Premortem: Reverse Positive Thinking for Success

Do premortems. A postmortem is too late. Gary Klein introduced the idea of premortems. A premortem is reverse positive thinking. Instead of imagining success, imagine failure. What might go wrong: A year from now,… Continue reading

The Number One Factor in Employee Satisfaction

Respectful treatment of all employees at all levels was rated as very important by 67% of employees in 2015, making it the top contributor to overall employee job satisfaction for the second year… Continue reading

How to Become Wildly Productive

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” (Wall and Piece) The most productive leaders: Set stretch goals. Drive hard for results. Practice unfailing consistency. Expand knowledge and… Continue reading