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Context and Pizza Pie

Chevron pizza ‘scandal’ isn’t one in small townA worker was killed recently as a result of a natural gas well explosion in a small Pennsylvania town of 750 people.  The well was operated by Chevron and in the aftermath of the explosion, Chevron delivered vouchers for free pizzas (from a local pizza joint) to each […]

Proportional Risk Management = Greater Resilience

If you could change one thing to reduce your risk of dying, what would it be?  Fly in fewer airplanes?  Stop swimming in the ocean? Stop pulling on Superman’s cape or spitting in the wind?Many of you have heard me grouse about “proportional risk management”, i.e. keeping your risk proportional to the reward or upside […]

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 process oriented […]

Teams Are What Teams Do

Despite our best efforts and intentions, sometimes we make mistakes in our approach as business owners, managers, coaches or parents.  The most telling of these management mistakes is when we allow a gap between what is said and what is done.  In all of the years I’ve studied human behavior as it relates to performance, […]

Helping those with Functional Needs during a Disaster

Folks with functional needs have been historically under-served before a disaster strikes (think:  “notice event” like a hurricane versus a “no-notice” event like an explosion).  As a result, a disproportionate amount of effort must be taken to evacuate them to a better place after the disaster strikes.  During virtually every large hurricane in the last […]

Preparedness in America

“Be Prepared “~ Baden Powell (founder of the Boy Scouts of America)”Semper Paratus” ~ motto of the United State’s Coast Guard (means “ever ready”)”Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident” ~MomWe’ve been hearing about preparedness for a long, long time haven’t we?  Yet very few us are actually prepared for very much at all it […]

Service Above Self

“I believe that rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.”~John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Service is #8 of his family’s 10 principles that he shared with the United Services […]

Refuse the Refuse…3 Steps to Better Training

Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ~ Winston ChurchillOur language is a fragile thang, er I mean thing.In the epitomous 21 Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn we are reminded that it is a small miracle that we can ever convey even the simplest […]


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