Category Archive: engagement

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

REPETITION: LEGO Square Wheels Poster on Doing Things Repeatedly


Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Mr. Miyagi was helping Daniel Caruso in a famous scene in The Karate Kid — repeating the same motions over and over again to develop… Continue reading

Stupidly Simple Engagement


Everybody has ideas and everybody has perspective. But perspective is relative to where you are and what you do. Often, the wagon-pulling boss simply cannot see the actions and activities of the wagon… Continue reading

LEGO Square Wheels of Continuous Improvement: Hey, Boss!


It has always been my belief that the best ideas for improvement always come from the people who are doing the job and have a hands-on reality of how things work and what… Continue reading

“Got A Minute?” – Take a Perspective Innovation Break


Dan Rockwell started his post today with, “Got a minute” and how that could turn into a significant time investment for managers, since it could help them focus on what is wrong and… Continue reading

Story of Courage, Leadership and Teamwork


I packaged up a slideshare program telling the story of Susan, a wagon pusher, and her courage in suggesting that her wagon-pulling boss take a different look at how things are working, with… Continue reading

Trust and Isolation – Not Building Teams


There are often issues of isolation in how things work in most organizations. Wagon pullers are naturally isolated from the hands-on reality of the wagon pushers, but some are also simply too distant… Continue reading

Strategy – Connecting The Vision with The Reality


Disconnects are just so common when it comes to people and performance. And when it comes to implementing strategy, the research says that few initiatives meet the goals and expectations of the senior… Continue reading

WORKPLACE HAPPINESS: A Square Wheels Poster on Motivation and Improvement


My associates in Japan changed their company name to “Work Happiness” and have been going gangbusters with their overall growth in services. My initial thoughts were it was too fluffy a company name… 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

Team Celebration – A LEGO Square Wheels Poster


Behavior changes in accordance with the individual’s tolerance and perceptions about risk as well as the level of support and trust they feel is around them. Celebrating success is a key factor in… Continue reading

Alignment – Excess Control gives Lackluster Innovation


Here is another simple concept about alignment an over-control, illustrated with my little people: We need people breaking outside the boundaries to discover and implement different ideas, some of which will lead to… Continue reading

Boss, Can I have a second of your time? A Square Wheels LEGO thought on innovation and motivation


What do you think the reaction will be to this request? Consideration? Engagement? Or are we just too busy doing things the same way we have always done things… Who has the time… Continue reading

Square Wheels: Communications is Key (LEGO version)


Here is a simple thought about People and Performance. I do NOT see the workplace as all that difficult to change I do NOT see the workplace needing all that leadership complexity that… Continue reading

Square Wheels: Coaching for Workplace Improvement (LEGO version)


People and Performance have been the focus of my efforts since 1978, working on behavioral engineering kinds of consulting and then moving toward customer service quality improvement and then teamwork, innovation and leadership.… Continue reading

Going Lean and Mean = Going Gaunt and Dead?


I continue to be amazed at how we continue to make cuts while expecting improvement. Personally, I feel that the supervisors in most organizations are so overloaded with tasks and responsibilities that they… Continue reading

Square Wheels: How Things Really work in most organizations (LEGO version)


I’ve been playing with line-art illustrations using Square Wheels since 1993 and have about 300 different cartoons that depict various aspects of how things really work. You can find out about those tools… Continue reading

Involve and Engage and Motivate and Improve


Just back from ASTD and meeting with colleagues who use my team building games and other products, my thoughts on involvement and engagement being done by supervisors received lots of support. But the… Continue reading

A Big Idea on Involving and Engaging People for Workplace Improvement


Here is a BIG IDEA that is really pretty simple, really. To involve and engage people in workplace improvement, involve and engage people in workplace improvement. Seriously. Assume that people have actually do… Continue reading

We Appreciate Your Support – Thought on Engagement


I think it is pretty simple, really. To involve and engage people in workplace improvement, one needs to involve and engage people in workplace improvement. That is pretty simple, right? And a bit… Continue reading

Rock and Roll – More Better Faster


I was writing to a colleague about engagement and the workplace and had that sparkle of inspiration about how things really work. So, here are two versions of the same idea, one using… Continue reading

Teamwork, Leadership and Resistance to Change


Not always do leaders embrace change and improvement. Consider the case where the team finally begins to get things rolling downhill. This one is the basic theme of my series on, Nobody Ever… Continue reading

Live as if you were to die tomorrow – Mahatma Gandhi


I thought that this was a good quote to support the theme of continuous continuous improvement that is embedded in the whole idea of Square Wheels One. The illustration below reflects our alternate… Continue reading

Square Wheels Poem on Performance – Nothing is NOT


Hope you like this little ditty. Hats off to the Cat in the Hat guy… The Square Wheels theme is one of possibilities, but if nothing changes, nothing improves. So, the situation rhymes… Continue reading

Spectator Sheep – Thoughts on Improving Productivity and Engagement


Here is another thought on Spectator Sheep and an addendum: Understand that Spectator Sheep may not appear as they really are: Yeah, they can choose to be involved if they choose. But often… Continue reading

Creativity – How do YOU treat your Spectator Sheep?


Spectator Sheep? Yep. In any organization, you can find them hanging around on the hillside: And thus, the limerick: Ya like that? See some writings on Spectator Sheep and engagement by clicking on… 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 – 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

On Possibilities and Reframing


Here is access to a pdf file that contains some of my ideas on involving and engaging people for improving workplace performance. I wrote it up as a guest blog for a friend… Continue reading

More Thoughts on Intrinsic Motivation – a poem


That first little cute poem led me to making a bigger longer and maybe better poem around people, performance, innovation and improvement. So, we have something that looks like this: Innovation comes from… Continue reading

The Moose Joke – The best session closing story of Scott Simmerman


This is not a poem or a quip but it is the best closing storyline out there for a workshop. I say this after attending a whole big bunch of sessions for training… Continue reading

Possible Potential Possibilities and Continuous Continuous Improvement Haiku


In a collaboration, I generated this, which I like as a quote to stimulate thinking: The round wheels are already in the wagon! Click on the image above to go to the other… Continue reading

More Better Faster: Square Wheels, Round Wheels and Intrinsic Motivation


We roll forward. Thumping and bumping. But then, things stop and we all gather to share issues and ideas and thoughts about what we might do differently. The result is that we choose… Continue reading

Business Haiku – the fun continues…


With the thought in mind that a few people see my poems as somewhat negative, as they frame this in their own thinking and project onto the cartoons, let me offer up a… Continue reading

Business Haiku and Poems Compendium in Slideshare


Uploaded into Slideshare is a compendium of some thinking on Teaching the Caterpillar to Fly and managing and leading change, something that I have been working on for 20 years. The slideshare contains… Continue reading

The View at the Front of the Wagon – a Business Haiku


The Square Wheels wagon rolls forward. Not smoothly, but it rolls… There are all sorts of issues and frameworks and anchors to how things really work, but this one should help explain a… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Anger and Ideas for Improvement


Finally, enough was enough and the performers found that the pin had actually HIT the balloon and all things went “POP!” That happens, you know. But I guess the good news is that… Continue reading

Poems about Puppies, Square Wheels and Performance Improvement


I continue to play with the puppies. They are just such cute things. But the linking of puppies back to the performance improvement of the pushers and puller continues to be a difficult… Continue reading

Square Wheels DO Roll!


Yes, the Square Wheels do roll both forward and backward and just may be more useful than round wheels when descending very steep hills or for helicopters or cooking hot dogs. But for… Continue reading

Caterpillars can fly – a quote by Scott Simmerman


One of my most favorite quotes about change, visions, potential and style: Managers can fly more better faster if they just look at their styles and see the opportunities for better involvement and… Continue reading

Square Wheels – Dream to Fly


This is about people and performance, about dreaming of possibilities and it is about the reality of improvement. Dream to Fly! For the FUN of It!   Dr. Scott Simmerman¬†is a designer of… Continue reading

On Progress and Improvement – Issues of Choice


On the theme of: “Don’t Just DO Something, Stand There!” we have this kind of thought about choice and choices: So much depends on simply seeing what are called “considered alternatives” instead of… Continue reading

Nobody Ever Washes a Rental Car – Ownership and Involvement


I got to looking at some stuff on “empowerment” within the past hour. One was about an “empower camp” where they claim that by attending the camp, kids will leave with, well, empowerment… 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

Trust. Leadership. Engagement. Three Illustrations that demonstrate the issues…


As I continue playing with the main design aspects of my new teambuilding game framed up on the theme of trust, three illustrations just seemed to appear, so I took the time to… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Poems on Performance and Teamwork


It was suggested to me to expand my illustration and poem collection to add some followup poems on performance and teamwork around the notion of Turkey Day and Thanksgiving, so I have been… Continue reading

Followup is the key to improving teamwork and results – a poem


The Jeep causes teams to creep. But discovery of a Turbocharger allows that jeep to go twice as fast / twice as far. Turbos are best practices that enable people to dramatically improve… Continue reading

Don’t Just DO Something, Stand There: the poem


Don’t Just DO Something. That just gives you the same old thing, day after day. Stop. Step Back. And Stand There! Take a real look at what is happening and what COULD be… Continue reading

Running Around sure is FUN! But getting things done?


Activity is not the same as action, and focused actions are a key way to build teamwork and collaboration, improve communications, and increase intrinsic motivation. Ya think? We need to do more things… 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