Square Wheels and Rock and Roll!

Terry Lee was over here and we were listening to songs while we are painting my den and he mentioned Uriah Heep and one of my favorite songs is “July Morning.” So, I… Continue reading

Choice and Choices – Do Things Differently!

Things are the way they are because they are what they are. We know that nothing made sense, because neither did anything else. So, instead of wondering why, wonder what. Wonder what you… Continue reading

Mark Twain quote on getting started

I disagree with Twain. A lot of people have already started. The key is to make sure that you are doing things effectively and efficiently. Read more about it by clicking on the… Continue reading

On Listening – A Poster for Thinking

The idea of, “Ask and Ye Shall Receive” should be familiar to most readers. A short article in Workforce by the CEO of a survey company (Michael Papay) said that a listening culture… Continue reading

Listening – a Poem on Performance Improvement

I saw a post about how to be a better manager and it focused on listening to people. Not reading it, I guessed that it says that if you listen to others, you… Continue reading

Impressions and Customer Service

I am trying to find a new vendor and it has been wild as the franchisees of this organization continue to fail to respond to me in a way so that I would… Continue reading

Business Haiku: On Leading People, a Square Wheels thought of the day

Leadership. Much of it is about involving and engaging people in workplace improvement, which impacts performance, makes people feel appreciated if their ideas contribute to things, and which is motivating. But organizations can… Continue reading

Ideas Wanted – a graphic about organizational improvement

I am in a new LinkedIn group and the question came up about a simple abstract about a long article that I posted up to Pulse about government employees and motivation. You can… Continue reading

Alignment – a Haiku on the View from The Top

Organizational alignment and shared goals and expectations are a critical factor in optimizing organizational performance. This is true whether you think about “interdepartment collaboration” — generally an oxymoron in most organizations — or… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving – a poem about US in the workplace

I thought you might like this poem using my US / THEM theme and a focus on change and improvement. By clicking on this image, you will go to my slideshare site where… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving Haiku – on people and workplace improvement

Here is a Thankgiving Haiku on sustaining workplace communications and success and about teamwork and team innovation. I hope you like it. Clicking on the image will take you to a whole big… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving Quote for workplace improvement and teamwork

It is Thanksgiving, and we need to take personal responsibility for the choices we make and what happens. So, maybe you can find a use for this little quote / poem from my… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Poem – on improving workplace communications

Thanksgiving is almost upon us again, so I thought to pop into powerpoint and spin up a few poems about workplace performance, people and communications. I also put a powerpoint file of a… Continue reading

Learning and Change

Learning. You have a choice and you cannot simply depend on others to control your destiny or your progress forward. Consider: Ya think? You can always vote with your feet if they simply… Continue reading

People who are attacked by management WILL defend themselves

We talk about teamwork but we often structure our workplaces so that there are winners and losers. We set up compensation and appraisal systems supposedly to “reward good performance.” But often, only a… Continue reading

Poem on making work more fun

Our flagship team building game focuses on the leverage points of having fun playing and solving a problem and on the main issues around collaborating among different teams. So many workplaces can benefit… Continue reading

Reflection, Innovation and Engagement

We tend to make understanding the workplace and people a really difficult and complex endeavor. Sure, there are lots of differences and we can cull out themes of leadership and innovation and creativity… Continue reading

Dr. Seuss-style Poem on Engagement and Motivation

There are about 5 different threads that got me to the point of posting this. But the end result of the refocused energy was actually pretty good, I think: Here is the Dr.… Continue reading

Simple Thought on Team Perspective

Teams are powerful tools for implementing changes and improving workplace performance. Teams also impact leadership and can work for you or against you, depending on the organizational culture. Sometimes, it pays to simply… Continue reading

Birds and Roads, a paradox

I just saw an article in LinkedIn that talked about life being a road with lots of signs and that we should visualize what needs to be achieved and convert that into the… Continue reading

The Future: More Square Wheels®

I was thinking about the future a while ago and realized that, for many, it arrived last year or even many years ago, in regards to how they deal with change. In picture… Continue reading

Team Support – Getting Change to Happen

My Square Wheels® cartoons are about getting things to change. One idea is to step back from the wagon and dissociate, giving you the opportunity to see things differently. Another is that you… Continue reading

Thoughts on Teamwork and Alignment

I want to keep these thoughts simple, since we tend to make everything more complicated than it needs to be. Occam’s Razor is useful! So much research continues to support the reality that… Continue reading

Poem on Celebrating Workplace Improvement

In updating a blog post on my other blog, I redid this Square Wheels Poster to reflect some thinking on what constitutes workplace improvement. Basically, we have Engagement Participative Involvement Peer Support The… Continue reading

Managing and Leading Change

For the past 20 years, I have been playing with the theme of managing and leading change. One reality is that you cannot push change onto someone else. In that way, it is… Continue reading

Persistence – Not Enough by Itself

My friend Kevin Eikenberry tweeted today that, “Persistence matters for matters of personal achievement and leadership.” Since I had just posted a picture blog of Perfectionism in this poems and quips blog, I… Continue reading

Customers – They Feel The Bumps and Thumps

We spend a LOT of money on marketing, generally defined as the effort to attract new customers and retain new customers. But the reality is that we spend a LOT of that money… Continue reading

Perfectionism: Some Square Wheels Thinking

An acquaintance shared that she will be presenting on TV about “perfectionism.” It is actually something I know very little about, even though a lot of people seem to think that I am… Continue reading

Innovation – How does it get started?

I am a big believer in continuous continuous improvement and workplace innovation driven by people who have their hands on the wagon and know what is not working smoothly. Innovation does not always… Continue reading

Play: Never The Same Old Ideas

Some 25 years ago, Randy Ranslaben gave me a name for one of the original line-art Square Wheels illustrations. He called it, “Wheel Time Twaining” and it looks like this: The idea was… Continue reading

Creating Support for Change

We often find that change is resisted. I’ve written extensively on this in my regular blog posts, like this one on “The Reality of Change, Innovation and Employee Engagement,” and this one on… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Innovation

This is apparently National Poetry Month, so I pressed up this old line-art Square Wheels illustration with its accompanying haiku: I want to set this up with the LEGO, but I thought to… Continue reading

A Desk is a Dangerous Place

I got some new brown LEGO pieces, so I had to mess with the wagon and make it bigger. Then, I stored on some additional wheels, with the same three wagon pushers and… Continue reading

Zen Koans on Worker Involvement and Engagement

I thought to try to visualize things from the Back of the Wagon and to anchor a few zen-type thoughts as to non-involvement and non-engagement and the reality of workplace motivation. You be… Continue reading

Zen Koan on Workplace Engagement and Leadership

I just thought that this might anchor to some thoughts about behavioral alternatives and leadership and engagement and some workplace issues like motivation and innovation. Ya think? (grin) My belief and my experience… Continue reading

Square Wheels Haiku on The Passion for Change

The people at the back of the wagon might seem resistant to any imposed changes that management — the wagon pullers — might suggest. But plenty of research has found a large difference… Continue reading

Square Wheels Haiku on Organizational Improvement

It’s been a while since I popped a haiku into the poems blog, so here is one on the issues of leadership and organizational improvement. The wagons roll along like they always have,… Continue reading

Poem on Teamwork (and Politics)

Thought you might like this poem on teamwork and organizational behavior as it meshes up with the idea that our wagons are often bogged down in the mud of reality and politics: We… Continue reading

Leadership Culture – Some Reality

While there are a lot of places where managers take an active interest in things like organizational improvement, motivation, morale and those kinds of cultural things, there are an awful lot of places… Continue reading

Square Wheels Dr. Seuss-style Poem on Being Bold

I love those Dr. Seuss kinds of rhyming so I thought to lay out one that focuses on continuous improvement, change and innovation and on the issues of personality. To generate change, you… Continue reading

A Square Wheels Working Reality and the ending “dous”

When I came across the interesting thing about English words and the –dous ending, I immediately thought of the illustration of how things really work in so many organizations. Thought you might like… Continue reading

Moron National Employee UN-Appreciation Day

My cynicism continues this morning as I read more about the dis-connection of so many workers as I write on my developing toolkits of Roadblock Management and of Facilitation for Workplace improvement. They… Continue reading

Engagement and Motivation – a Management Competency Checklist

After posting up a blog about the irony of actually celebrating a single day called National Employee Appreciation Day — think about that or check out my blog post — I was thinking… Continue reading

Managing Roadblocks: Dis-Un-Engagement

More to come on this shortly, but I have started rebuilding an old toolkit on Managing Roadblocks and will start using Susan and the LEGO to model the concept and the opportunities.  Basically,… Continue reading

Listening? Awareness of its impacts is awakening

My friend Gary Loper shared the fact that we are fast approaching International Listening Month, which is March. Gary is going to be hosting a chat on the subject here and I thought… Continue reading

Self-Reflection and Personal Growth

In Gary Loper’s newsletter today, he talked briefly about “The Road to Self-Discovery” and since I have been playing with my Square Wheels images and themes a lot the past two days, since… Continue reading

Mistakes and Innovation – Impact of Learning

Recent talk in a LinkedIn Leadership Group got me thinking about how we deal with mistakes in the workplace. Some managers do it well and some do it badly, generating what the literature… Continue reading

The REALITY of Innovation and Improvement

My belief is that innovation and improvement are incremental processes that generally occur in small, sometimes continuous steps forward. There may be occasional mistakes or failures but teams of people can often implement… Continue reading

The Play is The Thing!

I was in the middle of a response in one of my LinkedIn forums and thought to quickly put this together and up. We sometimes take work so deadly seriously, and we get… Continue reading

Square Wheels Images out of LEGO

My “old” version of the new LEGO illustrations looks like this: and my son pointed out to me that this is NOT all “official LEGO pieces” like the smooth wheel in the middle… Continue reading

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