The 5 Inescapable Truths of Organizational Culture

A few months ago I had a high dollar consultant look me in the eyes and told me that the organization I worked in did not have an organizational culture. When he said this I was taken back and vehemently disagreed because I believe every organization has a culture (good or bad), but I did start to think about the impact culture was having on the health of this organization.

Although I completely disagree with this misguided consultant, I did start to think about the correlation between culture and productivity and what are the foundational truths about organizational culture. That led me to the following resource and framework of inescapable truths about organizational culture. Continue Reading…

When should you send that email? (Infographic)

Here is an interesting infographic about the workflow of email and when you should or should not send one. We all have been cc’d on emails that are a mile long but an inch deep in value and we’ve all sent emails we wish we could recall after we’ve pushed the send button. So, take a look and let me know what you think. Continue Reading…

The Energy Line: A Prioritization Tool

The tyranny of the urgent seems to be dominating our businesses and personal lives.

Whether we call it that or not we have all experienced it in our daily lives. This is where something urgent pops up and our tendency is to jump right in and focus our attention and energy on these items to the detriment of long-term projects we are working on. We see long-term goals keep getting pushed out while urgent things crowd our “to do” lists.

So, what do you do about it? First, you have to identify what is urgent and what is important. Second, you have to discipline yourself to focus your energy on the right things in the right order.

Energy is one of our most precious commodities. Regardless of who we are, we have only a finite amount of it. With that said, the important question is “are we leveraging or distributing that energy towards the right things?” Energy is a finite resource that we seldom manage well.

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You can become a blogger! What are you waiting for?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been tinkering with my personal blog trying to educate myself on how to setup an effective blog. In my pursuit of trying to learn how to do this better, I’ve run across a couple of resources that help make this learning process easier and quicker.

All of us blog for various reasons and motivations, but I believe all of us have a story to tell and a voice to share. Blogs are a great channel to get our ideas and experience out to the broader world so others can learn from us and extract value from our many experiences..

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Getting Things Done: Is this a challenge for you?

Ever struggle getting done what you want to get done? Ever said to yourself, “what did I really accomplish today” only to look at your “to do” list or email inbox and feel overwhelmed?

How about these questions:

  • How many unprocessed emails do you have in your inbox right now?
  • What’s got the biggest slice of your attention right now?
  • Is your attention under you command or are you being held hostage by something else?

These are million $ questions most of us wrestle with. We all look for a system that will help us be more effective and efficient at getting things done, but it’s one thing to be getting things done, but the real trick is to get the “right” things done.

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I’m a Tough Mudder (and I survived to tell)

On Saturday, February 11th I did something insane. It’s one of those things you never really know what you’ve gotten yourself into until you’re right in the middle of it. It’s one of those things where the constant them running through your mind the entire time is “why did I do this? How did I get myself into this? This is completely insane!”.

The thing I did was participate in Tough Mudder Georgia. The Tough Mudder tagline is “Probably the toughest event on the planet!” I concur, it’s probably the toughest event on the planet.

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Facebook Parenting – What do you think?

I ran across this video earlier and thought it worth passing on.

The genesis of this was a Facebook post his daughter posted on her wall about her parents, thinking they would never see it. Well, dad saw it and the video below is his response to her Facebook post.

Be warned. His language is a bit graphic, but he takes a very interesting approach to teaching his child a lesson. Be ready for some fireworks at the end of the clip.

 

Discussion Question: Do you think this is an effective parenting style or not?

The Wrong Type of Leader

For leaders, there is always a lid and the upside of the lid is greatly impacted by the people we choose to put around us.

We all have our own unique mix of talents, experiences and skills, but at some point we will all hit a lid on how high we can climb leaning just on ourselves. This is an important self-realization for someone who is leading or wanting to lead because it can make the difference between us being the “right” type of leader or the “wrong” type and how far we can push our own lid with the help of others.

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What I learned about leadership at the Krispy Kreme Challenge

There were several words that came to my mind as I participated in the 8th Annual Krispy Kreme Challengethis past weekend in Raleigh, NC. Words like “crazy”, “insane”, “what am I doing here” and “I’m going to eat what” were among the many.

If you don’t know what the Krispy Kreme Challenge is, it’s a race that includes the following:

  • Step 1: Run 2.5 miles
  • Step 2: Eat 12 glazed donuts/2400 calories (by the way, these were not your “Hot Donuts Now” version of the donuts)
  • Step 3: Run 2.5 mile back

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I quit! But stayed: A dangerous place for a leader

There is a dangerous place for a leader to find him or herself in as a leader of people.

Unfortunately, I talk to leaders who are in this place a lot more lately as the job market heats up and organization shift. I’ve been in this situation myself while leading large organizations and it’s one of the toughest things to notice and solve.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the team is, this is a significant risk and can greatly impact the influence and effectiveness a leader can have within an organization.

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