Category Archive: alignment and goals

The Chaos of Strategy Implementation, a poem


My colleagues talking about strategy implementation got me thinking about how I often see the reality of cascading a strategy from the top down through the levels of management to implement new ideas… Continue reading

Butterflies and Change – A Quote about Less and More


This is about potential. After all, caterpillars do make the transition to butterflies and it is about potential. It is also about accepting change and becoming more and better. Change is what we… Continue reading

The Basic Reality of People and Performance – An illustration


I read a Zig Ziglar quote “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”  and it got me thinking that I can do something similar with the cartoons. So, I… Continue reading

The Chaos of Implementing Strategy


My associate Robin Speculand just sent me an email with some factoidal stuff and some of his really solid ideas on implementing strategy. You can find his website here. I thought that a… Continue reading

Chaos and Confusion are normal parts of organizational change


After delivering a team building session, things can be rather confused as you may have discussed those things that are not working well and need to be improved but you have not yet… Continue reading

Getting the Boots Aligned, in the Rain, in the Main


Our team building exercise, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, is about generating and benefitting measurably from collaboration and alignment. When people share information and resources, the entire group optimizes its… Continue reading

Poem on Organizational Alignment, Chaos and Reality


We often use these “View from the Top” illustrations to show how things might or should look and how they really look. We have a dozen or so illustrations from the Square Wheels… Continue reading

The Christopher Columbus Award – for “leadership”


Christopher Columbus — there is a lot of controversy over the man and his accomplishments and how history is representing things. Supposedly, nearly everyone knew that the world was not flat in the… Continue reading

THE Award for Common Leadership – The Christopher Columbus Award for Discovery


I have always thought this funny since the idea was first shared with me 30+ years ago: The Christopher Columbus Award. So, I had my artist, Roy Sabean, draw up something, which I… Continue reading

The Roads We Take – Poem Three on Profitability


This is the third of the ditties on Overpass and the issue of alignment and making progress. Hope you like it:   It IS confusing out there and making the right choices is… Continue reading

The Roads We Take – Poem Two – on Trust


Trust is a big factor in how people and organizations perform. Trust is the residue of promises fulfilled, as Frank Navran said. My “Overpass Image” was done up for me to show how… Continue reading

The Roads We Take – Poem One


  My “Overpass Image” was done up for me to show how things are all interconnected and linked, but that the links could be really confusing. As proof, I simply offer “Atlanta.” Some… Continue reading

Square Wheels One and “The way we works”


Yeah, sometimes things get rough and tough, and some people have had enough. Sometimes we could choose to do, something that might just be new. Round Wheels roll better than Square Ones, for… Continue reading

People and Organizational Alignment – Working Together


People sharing a common goal can get a lot more accomplished than people who are each working individually. The key is to keep them motivated and feeling like they are accomplishing the goals… Continue reading

Teamwork and Progress – Some thoughts on working together


Ah, the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893, where the soldiers fired the gun and everyone took off to claim the land that they wanted. It was a great way to populate the state… Continue reading

Plan the Work, and then Work the Plan! Two cartoons


Yep. Most organizations do not seem to get things very aligned. But the reality is that things can actually work out just fine. Remember to celebrate the success!

Alignment and The View from The Top


Organizations need alignment in order to make efficient and effective progress on the journey forward. This is how it should look!

Demotivated and Unengaged – a poem


People often feel tied down, dis-engaged and un-involved. That leads to being demotivated and hamstrung. Involving them is straightforward. Click on the image to read about some ideas.

My Team and the issue of Collaboration


Interdepartmental Collaboration is a recognized oxymoron – two words that do not go together. Often, it is simply our policies and procedures and attitudes towards others that generate the result. Consider possibilities…  … Continue reading

Square Wheels: On Alignment


Working is different than working together. Teamwork requires alignment and shared goals. More often, people are actively running around in chaos and confusion. So, here is a Haiku on how things work and… Continue reading