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 …

Making the Grade

Recently my daughter changed her college major which required her to weave a new path through her requirements. Ultimately it ended up with her having to take a class this summer in a subject that is not her strength. With the accelerated schedule we knew it would be quite a struggle. Worse, this class was a pre-requisite for the classes …

Fish

My son and wife bought me an aquarium for Father’s Day. I decided to set it up as a saltwater reef tank. We started slow with a couple of clownfish (think Nemo). I added a coral or two. And things were going well. Then decided to try something that my local fish expert said was too difficult, and I added …

I Wrote A Book!

Today is a terrific day. “Elephant Tales – mostly true stories about entrepreneurs” was released on Amazon in softcover and will be available in Kindle format in a day or two.  Writing this book has been a dream of mine for years.  I’ve always been a bit of a storyteller, using that format to illustrate a point to the executives …

Giving Life

My wife and I dropped our son off at college today. It feels sad, different and maybe a bit scary. But deep down there is a strong sense of fulfillment. And pride. This is what we’ve prepared him for.  This is the way it is supposed to be.  And he’s happy as heck to be on his own. This is …

Stepping Back

One morning I was reading during my quiet time and came across this passage.  “If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.   It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he …