Category Archive: change and choice

Thinking Agile, for MoreBetterFaster Improvements


GapingVoid had a nice image distributed through email with text that got me thinking about Square Wheels® and Agile Thinking that I reframed into my scheme of things. Their focus was on business… Continue reading

Leadership: Playing The Fool


ASKING for ideas is a powerful way to drive active involvement and participative learning within a workgroup. It can build teamwork and peer pressure for improvement and the reality is that asking is… Continue reading

Take the Time Needed to Change and Improve


It is oft-said that Time changes Things, and maybe there is some truth to that. The notion of entropy says that things eventually reduce themselves. But in the case of real people doing… Continue reading

Round Today, Square Tomorrow


The Big Idea is Continuous Continuous Improvement, because what works smoothly today will invariably not work as well in the future. The keys include perspective, collaboration and teamwork to implement and adjust those… Continue reading

Dream to fly or dream to dream? On Caterpillars and Butterflies


I was looking for something else and came across this old line art poster when I did a lot of work on managing and leading change. I thought it was a good one!… Continue reading

Thinking about Thinking


There are all kinds of “contemplation figures” out there. I thought to add one more, this one around possibilities. Your thoughts?   One needs to stop pushing and pulling, or at least ask… Continue reading

Don’t Just DO Something! Stand There… A Square Wheels Poster


Instead of our usual poem or haiku or quote offering, this post shares one of the Square Wheels Poster Images, something you can download and print. The message is clear, whether it is… Continue reading

The Round Wheels of Change – a business haiku


Change is always an interesting process. So is innovation and creativity. Communications is such a critical factor. How are you doing with YOUR workplace communications and engagement?   For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott… Continue reading

A Desk is a Dangerous Place from which to view the world…


John LeCarre said in one of his books, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” And most of us would certainly agree with that assessment. I would add… Continue reading

Irish Prayer about People and Performance


Twenty five years ago, at least, I came across The Irish Prayer. I saw it again recently, in somewhat different form so I thought to share it reframed again. Sometimes, the apparent limping… Continue reading

The Ditch. The Road. Your Choice


Leading teams is about communications and shared missions and goals. Too often, wagon pushers are not involved and engaged nor do they have a clear sense of where they are going. The reality… Continue reading

Team Building Success – The Stairway Model


Heavy drinking last night must have given me the idea of The Stairway Model of Team Building Success. You be the judge… The Stairway Model develops from the Escalator Model, which was built… 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

Success takes care of itself?


There was a Henry Ford quote that clanged with me so I popped it into my Square Wheels powerpoint master file and came up with an image for discussion. So, I got this:… 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

Workplace Happiness – YOU Choose!


Yes, “work” can and does get old, especially when you choose to do the same things for the same reasons with the same results, day after day and week after week. On the… Continue reading

Thoughts on Questions – a quote on patience


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.” is a quote from the poet Ranier Maria Rilke It speaks to the issues of being… Continue reading

Learning is a Round Wheels Treasure


Here’s a Chinese Proverb about LEARNING that is also about perceptual acuity and perspective, collaboration, engagement, empowerment and all that stuff. The key is to spend a minute in silent reflection / meditation… Continue reading

New Year Resolutions in Month Eight


It is August. How are you doing on your resolutions to improve your workplace now that it is Month Eight? There is still time to get things done more better faster.   For… Continue reading

Learn to See – Da Vinci and Square Wheels of Connectedness and Engagement


I read this quote from Leonardo da Vinci and checked it for authenticity and then popped it into the context of organizational improvement. I am guessing that his workplaces in his times were… Continue reading

Positive Disruptive Engagement – a Definition


We need to better involve and engage people in our workplaces, and we cannot do that by implementing another survey or continuing to do things the same way. We need to Free The… 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

Disruptive Engagement – Bad Policies need Perspective


This relates to a blog I posted up about really lousy customer service from the Taylors’ Branch of the Greenville SC Library System. I was shocked at the extraordinarily tight security on checking… 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

Questions to be asked about people and performance – Square Wheels Project


Performance improvement is about conversations and perspective. The people know what needs to be done differently, so asking for their ideas and input is a really effective strategy for some disruptive engagement: The… Continue reading

Fear is the Mindkiller – Support The Supervisor


I blogged about task interference and the issues around training and motivation in the workplace but this is the poster I stuck in to illustrate the issues faced by the ONLY people who… Continue reading

Balance, Zen, Choices and Square Wheels


Going through some of the older line art around the issues of leadership and choices and how we think about thinking about things, I thought you might like this one. I mean, the… Continue reading

Simplicity of Problem Solving – Find the ROUND Wheels


Lots of people are random sorters of information, possibilities sorters, and their preferred styles of thinking might be expressed as, “Throwing mud at the wire fence to see what sticks where…” For those… Continue reading

Shifts in Thinking – Some Reframing Ideas


Thinking – Breakfast of Champions. So what did you think and what might you think? It is all about the choices we make,     For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of… Continue reading

A poem on People and Performance, Commitment and Motivation


I thought to illustrate a simple poem with a couple of our LEGO® Square Wheels® scenes. Remember that a real key to all this is VISION. For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a… 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

Disruptive Engagement – How ELSE are you going to change things?


Organizations keep doing the same things and expecting engagement and motivation to improve. And, worst than foolish, they are spending millions of dollars on doing surveys to show them that nothing is really… 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

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

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

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

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