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Are You Riding A Rocking Horse Into A Rut?

Are You Riding A Rocking Horse Into A Rut?

Excuse me for being obvious. If you ride a rocking horse long enough, you'll end up creating a rut from repeating the same motion over and over. In other words, things that don't change stay the same. And over time, inertia makes it more and more difficult to change....

Five Frogs Are Sitting On A Log…

Five Frogs Are Sitting On A Log…

Five Frogs Are Sitting On A Log... "Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Five, because deciding is different than doing.”   What is the meaning of this riddle? Allow me to state the obvious. Just because four frogs "decide"...

Do You Know Your Business 3 R’s?

Do You Know Your Business 3 R’s?

Do You Know Your Business 3 R's? In school, our parents and grandparents studied the 3R's. Do you know them? Reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. There is even a song about it called "School Days." How about putting a more modern spin on it? Reading. "There are none so...

Do People Really Resist Change?

Do People Really Resist Change?

Do People Really Resist Change?   People resist change. I hear this constantly. Quite frankly, I don't believe it. If I offered to give you $5 million would that change your life? Would you resist that change? Under the right circumstances, people actually...

Could This Be Holding You Back?

Could This Be Holding You Back?

I can't get everything done... Yes, you've felt this, and heard it from others many times. Why is this a recurring theme? As you and your organization grow, you and your systems must grow as well. The organization you have right now cannot survive in its present state...

How Can We Slow This Race Down?

How Can We Slow This Race Down?

How Can We Slow This Race Down? Is it our imagination, or does everything thing seem to be speeding up? No, it's not your imagination. It's real. And the faster the pace, the more stuff comes hurling at us. The more stuff coming at us, the more decisions we must make....

I Don’t Get No Respect…

 I Don't Get No Respect...   Do you remember the comedian Rodney Dangerfield? That was his signature line. "I tell you, I don't get no respect. When I was born, I was so ugly the doctor took one look at me and slapped my mother."   Do your people respect you? Are...

I’ll Make Them An Offer They Can’t Refuse…

I'll Make Them An Offer They Can't Refuse... One look at my name and you'll know that I have an Italian background. You should also know that I'm from Chicago, and yes, I really do have an Uncle Vito. So I speak with some authority when talking about a "Mafia Offer. "...

Management By Stick, By Carrot, Or By Inspiration? Which Do You Use?

Management By Stick, By Carrot, Or By Inspiration? Which Do You Use? Several years ago a man named Stan Slap introduced me to the concept of managing by stick, by carrot, or by inspiration. I have found that there are times and seasons for each style. However, one in...

The Problem of TMI (Too Much Information)

The Problem of TMI (Too Much Information)   How many times have you made a decision that seemed to make sense at the time, but in retrospect, turned out to be less than optimal?   Many times, it is not your fault.  Leaders become trapped in a conflicting world....