What Are You Doing Here?

If you step outside of your office and ask one of your employees “What are you doing here?” most would say “working.” Some may offer additional information that describes their task or job. “I’m programming the materials database” or “I’m completing a new service order.” If you are really bold, you might ask this question: “Given the Read More …

LITE Up Your Bright Ideas

Better, cheaper, faster.  These words have become the mantra of today’s business world.  Technology is reinventing itself at an exponential rate driving businesses to seek new and innovative ways to meet growing customer and shareholder expectations.  But creating a work environment where innovation flourishes doesn’t just happen.  It requires four key elements:  Leadership, Ideas, Tools and Execution (LITE) Leadership:  Leaders play Read More …

Set Big Goals

What are you going to accomplish this year?  When asked to set goals, most people think about what they believe is possible to accomplish and in most cases they already have an idea of how to get there.  But this is the type of thinking that can impose arbitrary  constraints on what can really be achieved.  In general, people want Read More …

What’s The Big Idea?

When faced with tough competition, challenging budgets or declining market trends companies frequently respond by getting  groups of people together to brainstorm “big ideas” to address the situation.  They start out thinking ‘big’ and ‘bold’ but frequently end up with ‘tweak’ and ‘old’.   Why is that? I experienced this when I took my first executive job.  I spent Read More …

Who Are You?

Who are you? . . .the famous question posed by Absolem, the blue caterpillar in the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland.  For companies, establishing a compelling  vision is an important first step in defining who you are.  Your vision should define your purpose, instill passion and guide decision-making and if executed well, serve as the foundation for defining who you are (i.e. your company’s Read More …