8 Tips For Productive Offsites

Many organizations have now entered the fourth quarter, the home stretch. But it is also time to begin hard planning for 2017 – and that makes it offsite season. Here are a few tips to help your meetings be most productive. Have the offsite “offsite.” This seems obvious, but it is worth pointing out that getting away from the office …

Upping CEO Delegation

Are you a good delegator?  Delegation is among the most important things in a leader’s team toolkit. Delegation grows leaders and builds teams. Leaders delegate to their teams in three broad progressive levels – tasks, responsibilities, and outcomes.  Tasks are a specific goal.  Like “generate $2 million in sales”.  Or “deliver product Y by the end of July”. When a …

I’m Sorry

Many, many years ago, I was a young IT operations manager overseeing a 24/7 shop for a novelty company. Just before I started working there the company had secured the exclusive rights in North American for a little know product called Smurfs. As you may know, Smurfs became a phenomenon. Little blue trolls with white hats were the subject of …

Vote

I’m not sure how long it has taken for this to happen, but our presidential election has degenerated into a perverted version of choice. I recall voting being something one did that was “for” a person or an ideal, not “against” one. Voting against someone, in my mind, presumes that nothing could be worse. Be careful people, history has taught …

Bullies

Recently my wife and I saw “Hell or High Water.” I won’t give away the plot, but it’s worth seeing. Afterward I started thinking about what I would do to win, what it means to win, and how to measure the consequences of winning. And I’m pretty competitive. I thought of situations when a bully was in our workplace. Now …