Flying High … Learning from Space Shuttle Disaster Tragedy

FBI agent:  “Which direction are those huge hog prints headed?” Me:  “Looks like we are headed to the same place they are, did you bring your bullet?” (trying to channel Andy Griffin speaking to Barney Fife instead of expressing my growing safety concern). FBI Agent:  (After evaluating my 2″ diameter oak branch I selected to …Read More

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3 Steps to Survive a Disaster of Any Kind

When the brown stuff hits the oscillating device … there’s plenty to do.  Start here and you will not only survive a disaster but you’ll emerge on the other side a little more sane. Stay calm and take 5 deep breaths.  Breathing promotes thinking … thinking promotes better choices. Imagine what could happen so you won’t …Read More


Hello Meteor Strike? Meet our 4 step Business Continuity Plan

Does your business continuity plan address your organization being hit by a 10 ton meteorite travelling at 33,000 miles per hour?  Relax, no one else’s does either. Here’s the story: Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk Russia injures hundreds – Over 500 people hurt as aftershock damages buildings and jammed mobile networks spread panic.  Amazing video is included. What a meshugas! I …Read More

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How to be Better … Self-Improvement Done Right

Well done is better than well said. ~ Benjamin Franklin The prospect of being better through self-improvement at something is easy to say.  Actually being better at something though is part art and part science. Let’s review a little adult learning theory. Andragogy is a concept popularized by Malcolm Knowles in his 1970 book, The Modern …Read More

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“It’ll Work Out” Plus 4 Other Lies People Tell

“It’ll Work Out!” Have you worked with or for folks that like to use that saying?  I have too … and in nearly every case it means this:  “someone else will actually do the work while I say it’ll work out … and I’ll be proven right, again“. Here’s the truth folks, it NEVER ‘just works out’. …Read More


SMART Goals are Dumb – 4 Ways to Actually Get Things Done

The pendulum has swung too far again.  Increasingly, organizations that are needing a healthy dose of ‘Get ‘er Done” are instead being sold and spoon fed an anemic, off-the-shelf elixir of S.M.A.R.T. goals instead.  And the patient (company) stays sick or dies from being malnourished. Let’s review the intent behind SMART goals:   On the surface the …Read More

Woman Boring a Hole in a Wooden Board with a Drill

Objectives v. Inertia

 People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole. ~Theodore Levitt  Henry works for a mid-sized business that manufactures the ubiquitous widget (the driver of the American economy dontchaknow!).  Their objective is to sell widgets to their customer’s but increasingly the activities of Henry and his co-workers has been dominated by …Read More