3 Steps to Survive a Disaster of Any Kind

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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 […]

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 […]

Beware of the Shiny Toy; Why Your Strategy Stinks

Shiny Toy by TEAM Solutions

Each morning that I’m in town I spend precious time with my elementary aged son during the daily processional known as “getting ready for school”. And to be sure, it is not a perfect process.  Some days are over run with a struggle to get out of bed, to eat a healthy breakfast, to have […]

How to be Better … Self-Improvement Done Right

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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 […]

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

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“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’. […]

Collective Impact – Roger Staubach Style


Like many of us, I receive a few weekly emails from folks that inspire me, teach me and/or humor me.  One such missive is from John O’Leary.  You can read more about John below. In a recent newsletter he spoke about the value of a Team and used the legendary football player Roger Staubach to […]

Why “Don’t Take NO for an Answer” is Awful Advice

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  As a small business owner, I try to stay tuned into the latest and greatest scoop from thought leaders and other folks that have faced similar challenges that I have.  Things like: How to be better at marketing, engagement, sales, how to earn a TED speaking invite and a guest room at Richard Branson’s private island, etc. […]

Get Things Done and The Sequence of Response

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Little Timmy is missing after the tornado and is reportedly trapped in the collapsed building.  He is likely running out of air, viability and hope.  A team of searchers is rapidly searching void spaces in the collapsed building using high-tech camera’s that extend into cracks to detect survivors on the inside.  One searcher sees a […]

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 malnourishment. Let’s review the intent behind SMART goals:   On the surface the […]

Duty Cycle: Work + Rest = Live


My candle burns at both ends, It will not last the night. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay Most of us know how to work, but how many of us know how – and when – to rest? In a low impact environment, like staying up to catch just one more episode of Law & Order re-runs, we […]