Month: August 2023

Don't just ask why? answer it

Why are they doing THAT?!”

“Why are they doing THAT?” “WHAT were they thinking?” “How did they think THAT was a good idea?” “WHY can’t they just sort it out themselves?” Sigh. Questions like these are asked all day, every day, in organizations.  We express them in frustration to a colleague. We mutter them to our tired selves.  We bring…
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Boundaries keep your bucket full

Boundaries Keep Your Bucket Full

I used to have poor boundaries. I had a hard time saying “no.” I felt guilty when I wasn’t giving 100% of myself to others. I felt bad when people were upset with something I had done to protect my well-being.  I was frustrated. Passive-aggressive.  Exhausted. I blamed others for “making me” these things. Which…
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Working Smarter Not Harder

Working Smarter, Not Harder

I got sick this week.   I woke up Tuesday morning feeling terrible.    Ah, what to do? It’s hard to choose rest when you have things to do. And when you’ve been bombarded your whole life with messaging like: I battled the messaging and chose rest. But first, I needed to send a time-sensitive email. Thankfully, the…
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Focus on the lawn not on the weeds

Focus on the Lawn, Not the Weeds

How much time do you spend talking about the underperformers in your organization?  If you’re like most organizations, it’s a lot.  The 80:20 Rule tends to come into play with underperformers – chances are 20% of the people are taking up 80% of your time.  And draining 80% (or even 100%) of your energy. This…
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Soft Skills Silence Silos

We’re often so focused on doing the work that we miss doing the work that matters. We prioritize selling, creating schedules, developing programs, designing products, manufacturing, and installing. We head off to our respective departments and focus on our respective objectives and the work we believe needs to be done. We focus on our bubble…
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