Strategic Execution, Part 2: Always Use a Compass…

In my last rant, I talked about the first key to strategic execution: demand clarity on the problem before you even begin (aka… Don’t chase the wind). I want to now turn my attention to the next critical key: Always use a compass. I travel a lot. And I like to drive. So, even whenContinue reading “Strategic Execution, Part 2: Always Use a Compass…”

Strategic Execution, Part 1: Don’t Chase the Wind…

It’s amazing to me how often the word “strategy” is overused used. I mean, seriously, I do not think that word means what you think it means (with a nod to Inigo Montoya). So often, I get into discussions with clients where I ask, “What is your strategy?” There are only two acceptable answers toContinue reading “Strategic Execution, Part 1: Don’t Chase the Wind…”

How to Drive Purpose Into Your Team

(Leaders – this one is for you) Let me begin by saying the workplace is no place for therapy. If you’ve got issues, if you didn’t get hugged enough as a kid, if you still need to work through whatever happened to you in jr. high… there are boundaries to what is appropriate and whatContinue reading “How to Drive Purpose Into Your Team”

Are You Getting Toxic Results or Empowered Results?

Every work day, countless sales people wake up and begin their day with an eerily similar routine. When the alarm goes off, they jump in the shower, grab a bite, and make the 20-foot trek to the home office or 1 hour-commute to the office. The morning will usually start with a review of emails,Continue reading “Are You Getting Toxic Results or Empowered Results?”

Wrestling Dragons: Turning a Job into Meaningful Work

A few weeks ago, I was shopping with some friends at a mass club-type of retailer in South Africa. We were literally buying cartfuls of food for an entrepreneur’s “boot camp” I was about to lead. We pulled up with our cargo train of industrial-sized carts to check out, being some of the last shoppersContinue reading “Wrestling Dragons: Turning a Job into Meaningful Work”

Live your purpose (or else)

So, my kick on problem-solving has run its course (for now). Which makes me wonder what should I rant talk about next? And it’s pretty obvious to me. I need to talk about purpose. Exactly one week ago, I was closing out a meeting with a group of 35 young, South African, potential entrepreneurs. WeContinue reading “Live your purpose (or else)”

Developing Your Credibility as a Problem-Solver (pt. 2)

In my last blog (a guest post for Jim Keenan here), I ranted explained the importance of collaboration. In particular, I linked collaboration to the idea that “You have to disrupt customers to get them to see the problem, solution, and outcome that you can help them successfully address. And, perhaps even more importantly, youContinue reading “Developing Your Credibility as a Problem-Solver (pt. 2)”

Developing Your Credibility as a Problem-Solver (pt. 1)

Well, I’m going to continue my rant on problem solving (no surprise here, eh?). If you haven’t read my posts on problem solving as an economic generator or on problem solving as a process, please do so now. Shucks, you may even want to read my post where I argue for shifting your entire economicContinue reading “Developing Your Credibility as a Problem-Solver (pt. 1)”