In your organization, which do you focus on, Problems or Outcomes?Read More
Strategic Discipline Blog
A 14 hour travel day can get pretty boring even if you sprinkle in the occasional joke, predictable encounter with rude motorist, and share it with family members. This past week I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to scratch off an item from my bucket list: Gettysburg Battlefield. On the way there I unleashed a practice on my two sons I’d learned in Dale Carnegie training many years back. It is absolutely guaranteed to raise the self-esteem of the people who participate.Read More
Have you ever been around a person in love? Women especially can intuitively feel when someone is in love. People in love seem to get along with everyone. They’re happy, cheerful, even charming.
Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, People, human behavior, Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, superior human relations, Law of Indirect Action, Psychology of Achievement, Brian Tracy
In 1984 I received the opportunity to lead as general manager the construction and startup of a 100,000 watt FM radio station in Wausau, Wisconsin. It was a very challenging time for a number of reasons, including attempting to appease and satisfy the brother-in-law of the owner who thought he should have been given the opportunity.
On my laptop that I frequently take to client meetings is a picture of my family including my wife, Michelle. Occasionally I get compliments on how attractive she and my family is. I often relay this to her and I frequently tell her how attractive she is.
Topics: Employee Feedback, Employee Recognition, employee performance, People, positive reinforcement, best practices of growth companies, human behavior, How to Motivate Employees, human behavior performance
Let me ask you a question: Are you the problem?
Let's start by reinforcing an important principle: Will and discipline are far more limited and precious resources than we realize. They must be called upon very selectively.
Recently I’ve had a lot to be thankful for (See Faith, Quantum Physics, and Stockdale Paradox and Lack of Discipline: Workaholism – Good News/Bad News). I confess that there have been more than I few moments when I’ve broken down in tears sitting with my family or my wife simply because it feels so good to be home, to be with them and to know that the cancer that had been constantly challenging me is in remission.
Accountability. It’s a critical element in organizations that grow. Last Monday at about 2:15 AM one of the doctors took accountability for me, made a decision to send me to the ICU possibly saving my life, I didn’t want to go there, I liked being in the familiar. He looked at the larger picture. The trends he saw disturbed him. Continuing fever for two and half days. Hemoglobin being absorbed almost as fast as they could put it in me. Plus the disturbing rate my heart was pumping at, and the balance between the low and high number they give on blood pressure. (The bottom number is not good if it drops below 60.)