Make Sure Cross-Training Sticks

Let’s face it, a lot of cross-training just doesn’t stick. Despite your best efforts to provide an employee with adequate training, they just can’t seem to grasp what they need to do and when. People wind back up in the same class time after time, but forward progress is agonizingly slow. Before we go any … Continue reading Make Sure Cross-Training Sticks

Where to Find Time for Cross-Training

Last week, I shared some of the most common reasons well-intentioned managers aren’t able to make cross-training happen. Toward the end of that article, I suggested that, instead of shutting the business down in order to schedule this one-on-one time, it’s better to take advantage of naturally occurring opportunities to cross-train. Use the bits and … Continue reading Where to Find Time for Cross-Training

Try a Little Exercise at Work

Long ago, elite athletes determined that by augmenting their normal training regimen with activities pulled from other sports, they could improve performance in their own. Focusing on a limited set of movements and skills left them vulnerable to injury when something unexpected came along. By spending a portion of their workouts engaged in other sports, … Continue reading Try a Little Exercise at Work

How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole

According to a study released last summer, eight percent of patients treated in an emergency room wind up back in the ER within three days. Within 30 days of an ER visit, a full 20% of patients will have returned. To make matters worse, nearly 30% of those revisits resulted in the patient being admitted … Continue reading How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole

Circle Up! Lead From the Huddle

Paul looked across the line of scrimmage at the other team. He glanced at the scoreboard and then at the stands; full of friends and family, all anxiously awaiting the next play. Then he scanned the faces of his teammates. Each one stared intently at Paul, eager to receive his instructions. It was 1892 and, … Continue reading Circle Up! Lead From the Huddle

The Keys to Peak Performance

The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi If you’ve never been a professional basketball fan, now is a good time to tune in. The Cleveland Cavaliers are locked in a tough battle with the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship. The first two games went into overtime, a first … Continue reading The Keys to Peak Performance

The Music of Mastery

My son Alex and I recently started taking guitar lessons. We’ve made attempts at it in the past; but online videos, DVDs, and instruction manuals just didn’t do the trick. We’ve only had two or three lessons to this point and we’re both excited about our progress. Even though we’re just at the beginning of this … Continue reading The Music of Mastery

The Act of Leadership: What Do Leaders Do?

Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying. -Ralph Waldo Emerson I've written recently about the things a leader sees and the things a leader says. But it's hard to ascertain the true measure of a person by what catches their eye. And anyone can come up with a great quote or … Continue reading The Act of Leadership: What Do Leaders Do?

The Look of Leadership: What Do Leaders See?

One of the most common myths about leadership is that leaders are born; not made. While some people may be predisposed to leadership due to innate personality traits, we all have the capacity to lead. And like just about any other skill, leadership can be developed and mastered. It starts with a choice - a choice to … Continue reading The Look of Leadership: What Do Leaders See?

Leading From the Back

This weekend I joined a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 157 for a mountain biking trip to beautiful Palo Duro Canyon. This is one of my favorite trips of the year and, thanks to all of the rain we’ve received in West Texas recently, the views were spectacular. I’ve also recently purchased a new … Continue reading Leading From the Back