DIGGING DEEPER

“Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be loved, appreciated, and understood.”   This quote resonated with me.    Many of the relationships I have at work don’t get through the shell.  There are hundreds of employees.  I don’t know many names.  One regret I have is that I walk by teammates in the grocery store and don’t acknowledge them because we’re in a different context.    So much for confession.    But here’s the […]

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AFTER ACTION REVIEWS

How’d work go? In the military, work involves engaging in the mission.  Soldiers practice for the event of war.  They strap on their equipment, go to the field, and simulate an encounter. The way the military “cements” learning and improvement is by conducting an “after action review.”  A review is a disciplined approach where four questions are asked. According to the experts, the key is being disciplined about the process.  Building it into your routine during daily engagements. For […]

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SPEAK UP

I was visiting with a colleague recently who was telling me about some consulting work that he had been doing.  He had come across a firm that studies how ideas are developed and used within an organization.  One thing he shared that I have found to be true: The best ideas have nothing to do with the role or position in the group. When we encounter a problem or an opportunity in the organization, we […]

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HIGHER EXPECTATIONS LEAD TO IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Higher expectations lead to improved performance. The highest performing companies—and people—are typically those with the highest internal expectations. Want to achieve more? Start with your expectations. We have high expectations. We expect to be safe.  We teach you to perform your duties safely.  We alert you to the risks inherent in our operations.  We are committed to correcting unsafe conditions immediately. We expect to be productive.  We strive to enable our equipment and systems to operate efficiently and effectively, every day.  When […]

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WE ARE WHO WE ARE.  WE CHOOSE WHO THAT IS.

I watch HBO Hard Knocks, a show that follows an NFL team through its training camp, covering the team’s preparation for the upcoming football season.  This season, the Detroit Lions are featured.  The head coach Dan Campbell was walking among his team and said: “We are who we are. We choose who that is.” It’s a rich insight.  “We are who we are.” It means we are going to act according to our skill set […]

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OWNING RESPONSIBILITY

We believe in “happening to the world.” That means that whatever circumstances we face, those who “happen to the world” will attack rather than withdraw, engage rather than settle.     I saw this on Twitter, posted by Drew Maddox:    “You are responsible for your effort. You are responsible for your attitude. You are responsible for your mindset. You are responsible for your unselfishness. You are responsible for what kind of teammate you are. Own […]

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COACHING BEYOND ATHLETICS

I’ve been listening to the following coaching podcasts: Against the Rules, with Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball and The Blind Side. Focus 3, with Tim Kight and football great Urban Meyer. Flying Coach, where NBA Coach Steve Kerr and NFL Coach Pete Carroll team up over a broad range of topics. If you’ve worked with me awhile, you know I geek out on coaches, especially those who have been successful.  These days, coaches introduce […]

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A TEAM THAT “EXPECTS”

“There are teams that hope.  There are teams that believe.  There are teams that expect.” –Josh Heupel, University of Tennessee head football coach. Teams that hope aren’t sure.  They count on a little bit of luck to be successful.  They wish for things to break their way.  They are pleased with success but not surprised when things fall away. Teams that believe have developed confidence.  They’ve had a glimpse of what success looks and feels […]

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REACHING BEYOND YOUR PRESENT SITUATION

“If you’re going to win, win gracefully. If you’re going to love, love faithfully. If you’re going to learn, learn by teaching. If you’re going to fall, fall reaching.” I scribbled the refrain from this country song in my Bible almost 30 years ago. At the time, I was working on a “plant turn around” and the song inspired an employee incentive program that turned the operation around. The idea was this: Wherever or however […]

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A DYNAMIC FORMULA:  PURPOSE, PRIDE, AND PASSION 

Craig Parrott, our general manager in Butner, described in an operations meeting this week how Purpose, Pride, and Passion contribute to team-building efforts. Every person on the team needs to understand the Purpose of their role. It’s a predictor of organizational success. When every person hits the door knowing what’s expected and how they contribute to the team’s success, it builds consistency and trust which are foundational to success. A strong sense of Purpose builds […]

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