Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game “Skin in the Game” is a powerful book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Skin in the game requires exposure to not only the upside of your own actions but also the downside. That is the problem with the grant of large stock options to executives of public companies. There is no [...]

By | November 17th, 2019|Categories: Books, Management, Productivity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Unsaid Brutal Facts

Unsaid Brutal Facts "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." -Peter Drucker Leaders know communication is what the other person hears, not what they say. Good leaders know that listening is learning. Drucker makes the powerful point that to be a great leader, we must determine that which is unsaid. That [...]

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Lessons Learned, Management|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Power of Why

The Power of Why "If you always tell people why, they'll understand it better, they'll consider it more important, and they'll be more likely to comply" -Charlie Munger Asking why repeatedly until you get to the root cause of a problem is a powerful tool from the Toyota Management System. Explaining why is a powerful [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Competitive Advantage, Lessons Learned, Management, Process|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Change: Pull, Don’t Push

Change: Pull, Don't Push "People don't resist change. They resist being changed"  -Peter Scholtes How do you motivate people to want to change? Make the status quo uncomfortable and give them the opportunity and power to create change. It's not effective to push people to change and you can' t pull them to change with [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Categories: Management|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Good To Great by Jim Collins

Our CEO peer group is reading the business classic "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Here is one of the greatest pieces of advice I have found in the book: "When you know you need to make a people change, act. The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Books, Management|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Importance of Acting Quickly on People Changes

The Importance of Acting Quickly on People Changes Our CEO peer group is reading the business classic Good to Great by Jim Collins. Here is one of the greatest pieces of advice I have found in the book: When you know you need to make a people change, act. The moment you feel the need [...]

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Management|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Putting Together the Pieces of the Performance Puzzle: Skill and Will

Putting Together the Pieces of the Performance Puzzle: Skill and Will In an earlier article (click here) I talked about the importance of practice to develop skills. There is another dimension to performance in addition to skill and knowledge…WILL. Max Landsberg presented the Skill/Will Matrix in his book The Tao of Coaching. In a future article I will discuss [...]

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Management|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments