10 Aug

Satisfaction Drives Outcomes

Business is about outcomes.  Outcomes produce products or services, which in turn produces revenue.  Even revenue is an outcome.  Some struggle with creating outcomes.  To address this management develops incentives to drive better outcome production.  The belief by management is that the incentive will satisfy the worker who in turn, will accomplish the desired outcome.  In other words, management is taking advantage of their perception of the relationship between satisfaction and outcome; they believe that satisfaction drives outcomes.

Does this work?

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03 Aug

Procrastination – How To Stop Doing It

Procrastination.  It is defined in the dictionary as “the action of delaying or postponing something.”. It is a time-waster, money waster, bad idea.  Many of us experience some level of procrastination on a regular if not consistent basis.  In some instances, we are very good at procrastinating meaning that procrastination is harming us or our business.

So what can you do to help overcome procrastination?

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20 Jul

Is Simple A Better Way?

I’m sure we’ve all seen it, someone very proud of the process, or solution, they have developed.  It is complex and demonstrates how smart the developer is while amazing those who see it with its complexity.  To master such a tool must mean that we too are intelligent and worthy of the positions we hold.   Complex systems for many is a matter of pride while simple processes are looked upon with little value.   Yet, we must ask if it is that complex then what value does it bring?   That’s a good question.  Or to put it another way,   Is Simple A Better Way?

What do we mean when we say Simple is a better way?

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13 Jul

I Need Someone To Hold Me Accountable

One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability.  “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question.  My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal.  In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable.  If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.

So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable?  Read on my friends, the answer is simple:

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15 Jun

Questions You Ask Your Coach

Many professionals have a Coach.  It isn’t a luxury; it isn’t an option.  Many professionals with forward-looking careers have a Coach.  Coaching is a relationship that takes you to a level of excellence, or as an old friend of mine used to say, “From your possibilities to your impossibilities.”  However, all Coaching Relationships are not created equal.  In simple language, some are more productive than others while frankly, some are nothing more than an excuse to have a conversation without results.  Coaching is more than a series of questions.  Coaching is more than the Coach asking you questions.  Coaching is about tangible results.

How do you ensure that the Coaching Relationship you have or are entering into is going to produce the best results for you?  What questions should you ask?

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