August 5, 2011

HOLDING YOURSELF & OTHERS ACCOUNTABLE

What does it mean to hold yourself and others accountable? Everyone in an organization needs to have a vested interest in the total output and total product. You can be the hardest working, best-prepared, and smartest employee in the world, but if you can’t speak up and let others know that you observe things are going well, then the organization is not operating effectively. As well, you need to be open to others holding you accountable. And to hold others […]
August 5, 2014

PULL POTENTIAL OUT OF PEOPLE

When people are trying to skirt an issue or are considering themselves slick and able to fool others, even if what they are doing and their motives are easily understandable, I like to remind them that, “Even if your head is in the sand, that doesn’t mean that your butt isn’t showing.’ I like to help get people’s head out of the sand and make them confront what needs to be confronted. I like them to face what needs to […]
October 14, 2014

YOU’RE NOT COMPETING WITH YOUR COMPETITION

This month we are discussing Chapter 6 of Gold Medal Strategies, “Great Teams Have a Real or Invented Enemy”. The whole chapter is about real or invented enemies. Enemies does not always have to be the competition. Read below for clarification and some 1980 Olympic Gold Medal insight. When I speak to groups, when I coach teamwork, I strongly emphasize the importance of having enemies—real or invented—and being on guard against their destructive potential. If you don’t see an enemy […]
December 4, 2014

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE THE CHANT USA USA CAME FROM?

What continues to be provide me tremendous joy … and for which I am tremendously grateful, and which I consider to be a tremendous privilege – are the stories and remembrances that people share with me related to that magical February in 1980 in a village in the Adirondacks called Lake Placid. When I think I have heard all the stories, sure enough … along comes another … another wonderful memory and telling of something special and stirring and soul […]