Category Archive: Business Haiku

A Coaching Haiku around Round Wheels


I’m going to be completing a complete redo of our Coaching Tools toolkit soon, one that embeds a series of our LEGO® Square Wheels® scenes and themes. So, I thought to warm up… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Motivation and Teamwork


The View at the Front of the Wagon is a very different one than The View at the Back of the Wagon. There is that old quote that if you don’t know where… Continue reading

“My Team, My Team” – a poem on teamwork


Teamwork is an important thing in most organizations. But “Interdepartmental Collaboration” remains an oxymoron, too. Most managers do not collaborate because their measurement systems are not aligned to measure collaborative results and bonuses… Continue reading

A Business Planning Square Wheels Haiku


The seasons change and we need to be individually and collectively prepared. But are we preparing with the right approach? Consider: One might think that a collective approach involving the participants might generate,… Continue reading

Team Implementation Square Wheels Haiku


A simply haiku about people and performance, teamwork and collaboration. For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since… Continue reading

“My Team, My Team, My Team.”


The dynamic balance of collaboration and competition exists in most organizations, with the reality being that some teams are collaborative and some teams are competitive and some teams are a bit of both.… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Downhill Journeys and Square Wheels


Understanding the Lay of the Land is important, and also the reality of the journey forward. If all you do is pull, all you will see is forward. And while that might have… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Motivation and Employee Engagement


Ah, The Slackers! Let’s put the blame on the people for not being motivated, right? After all, the workplace itself must be motivating since at least one of our people seems motivated every… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Engagement and Discontent


Possibilities and Potential. Ah, if we could only get there from here… I continue to think that improving active involvement and generating some positive Disruptive Engagement are pretty straightforward, at least insofar as… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Strategy Execution


How DO we make progress and execute our strategy initiatives? Well, communications and engagement are certainly key issues. Perspective and the sharing of visions and goals is also necessary. Implementing strategy is a… Continue reading

Business Haiku – Working Hard and Making Progress


Here are two new Haiku sprung from my newer Square Wheels images about how organizations really work. Your thoughts? If you have needs for more teamwork to generate better business outcomes, consider that… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Improvement and Square Wheels


Joan and I sit here looking at stuff and she wanted me to update a haiku and post it up, so she can see the process. Hope you like this one! Let’s Get… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Thumpy Wheeling and Positive Disruptive Engagement


How DO we get things rolling to improve empowerment and engagement? Probably by DIS-un-empowerment and DIS-un-engagement practiced by the workplace supervisor. Who else will impact the people and change the way things work?… Continue reading

Consider The Gap – the issues between ideas and implementation


“Change is Good. You go first,” was one of the quotes in The Dilbert Principle, a book on business principles and organizational improvement by Scott Adams. And there is something to be said… Continue reading

Choose or Lose – a Business Haiku on Disruptive Engagement


Supervisors have to make Big Choices, every hour of every day. And one thing that seems to be missing, based on zillions of surveys, is their effective motivation of their people and their… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Making Progress with Square Wheels


The Round Wheels are already in the wagon, and people can easily discover that. But sometimes they need outside inspiration or a challenge to really understand that they need to do things #morebetterfaster… Continue reading

Business Haiku on motivation and innovation


Simple and self-explanatory CAN we have innovation without involvement? Don’t the bosses need to be actively involved and aware themselves?   For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games… Continue reading

Haiku on Motivating and Engaging and Workplace Improvement


How do you motivate your wagon pushers? You have to involve and engage them in organizational improvement. Check out The Square Wheels Project for some ideas about implementing positive Disruptive Engagement to make… Continue reading

Haiku on Teamwork and Engagement


People make choices. Why not give them a chance to look at how things are working and then look to what might be done to implement improvement. And some positive Disruptive Engagement would… Continue reading

Haiku on Thoughtfulness


Here is a haiku poem on Thoughtfulness and another on Consideration. In both cases, the focus is on making improvements in how things work to roll forward #morebetterfaster. The Round Wheels are already… Continue reading

Wagon Pullers ARE Hardworking – a Square Wheels Business Haiku


Wagon pullers pull. They work hard to move their wagons fast forward. But wagon pullers could also benefit by involving and engaging their wagon pullers more effectively, by working to facilitate involvement and… Continue reading

People are Willing – a Square Wheels Business Haiku


Motivation comes from involvement and engagement and from allowing people to generate ideas for improvement. In The Square Wheels Project LMS, we gives supervisors tools to improve their facilitation skills. Fast. Easy /… Continue reading

Business Haiku – Square Wheels Project and Learning and Hope


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

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

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

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

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

Haiku on TeamBuilding and Teamwork and working together


Teams can form up quickly, but a team may be only a team and not part of any larger team, which is why interdepartmental collaboration is an organizational oxymoron. A cartoon haiku for… Continue reading

Haiku of Business Improvement – Square Wheels


As leaders and motivators of others, we need to continually celebrate success as well as look to the future for contininuous continuous improvement. A feeling of success is a critical factor in the… Continue reading

Business Haiku – Innovation through Conversation


Thought that this was a cute little ditty to spin up: Hope that all things go well. More of these to come. For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of… Continue reading

Think Working Hard is Making Progress?


I was always told that hard work would generate success. But a simple look around the real world will show one how silly that statement is. It is NOT simply about hard work;… Continue reading

Creativity, Courage and Time – Keys to Implementing Improvements


Here is another in the “Courage Series” of Square Wheels LEGO business haiku. This one simply illustrates the need for speed and the requirement that communications is effective for involving and engaging the… Continue reading

A Square Wheels LEGO Haiku on Fear and Change


It is funny how one thought leads into another. After designing the LEGO haiku I posted up a bit ago, another framework came to mind as I was thinking of these same issues… Continue reading

A Square Wheels LEGO Haiku Poem – On Courage and Change


Playing with some comments on Dan Rockwell’s blog with talk of courage and change and I thought to pop up a Haiku on the theme. Change is about choice. Without change, little happens.… Continue reading

Workplace Alignment – Good and Better: A Business Haiku


We talk alignment a good bit, but it is certainly possible to take teamwork and collaboration and add SO much structure that we squeeze deviation and creativity out of the equation. Here is… Continue reading

Business Haiku – Square Wheels Fine, Faster, Good


Another little haiku on the LEGO images and my theme of implementing round wheels on a Square Wheel wagon. The idea is that continuous improvement and intrinsic motivation come from people making small… Continue reading

Trust. Discontent. A Square Wheels LEGO Business Haiku


Here is another business Haiku around the theme of trust, discontent and motivation that I thought you might like. The ideas for improvement are already in the wagon — the cargo — but… Continue reading

Trust – A Business Haiku of Square Wheels and LEGO


Here is another Business Haiku I thought you might like. It’s about the reality of people working together. It is about environmental awareness of managers, not just their focus on productivity and production.… Continue reading

LEGO Business Haiku of Square Wheels Alternative


It’s been a while since I popped up a poem to the poems blog, so here goes a business Haiku I thought you might like. It is about involvement and engagement and perspective… Continue reading

Teamwork could happen


Teamwork just might happen on its own when people are faced with a challenge. Well, probably not. One is actually much more likely to see competition and each individual working in their own… Continue reading

Winter of Despair and a Hope for Spring – Illustrated Haiku by Scott Simmerman


This is not technically a haiku in structure, but I am hoping that it illustrates a good learning point about despair and possibilities that already exist. Note that the round wheels are already… Continue reading

Take Time for a Smoke – a Business Haiku from a non-smoker!


There are issues with pushing the wagon and with pulling the wagon and also issues with smoking. But, I wonder which of these is actually worse for one’s health. Ya think? Don’t Just… Continue reading

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS HAIKU – SIX OF SIX


Ah, we’ve reached the end of my first series of six business haiku around Daylight Savings and Springing Forward on Monday with ideas for involvement and engagement. Bring even more changes this spring.… Continue reading

Daylight Savings Haiku – Five of Six


The “Go” for “Green” continue with number 5 of our 6 Spring Forward business haiku featuring Square Wheels One. What are your reactions to this one: Not just springing forward but making The… Continue reading

Daylight Savings Haiku – Four of Six


Now I start with some positive possibility reframing of the Square Wheels and the issues of Daylight Savings Monday as a possible day for choosing to improve how things really work in most… Continue reading

Daylight Savings Haiku – Two of Six


Here is another business haiku about Daylight Savings Time from the brown side of things: Similar to post One, this one supports that we continue to work through the haze of work. Can… Continue reading

Is Daylight Savings the Time for Change?


I did 6 business haiku around Square Wheels and change and thought to pop one of them up here. I actually will put all 6 up as a poll to see which one… Continue reading

Intrinsic Motivation – Business Haiku and Square Wheels


Here are two nice haiku around the issue of the value of making changes to improve your workplace and the gratification that comes from making such changes. DO note that the change may… Continue reading