Category Archive: implementation

Making Improvements in how things work


We tend to approach the workplace as a highly complicated interrelationship of hundreds of twisted systems, policies, procedures and programs. Just the thought of “how to motivate people” will make some managers cringe… Continue reading

I’m Thinking Thoughts on Motivation and Improvement


Thinking. A good idea for most managers. Perspective. A good thing for most managers. Engagement. A good process for most employees. Improvement. A good accomplishment for most organizations. Implementation. A difficult task for… Continue reading

Santa, Square Wheels, LEGO and Issues of People and Performance


I got the Santa Creator Set from LEGO and started messing around with my Square Wheels representation of how things really work in most organizations. After all, should Santa’s be expected to operate… Continue reading

Progress: The Illusion of it


Someone pinned one of my blog posts that had a few optical illusions embedded in it. You can see that here: So, having the master powerpoint file for my Posters open, I thought… Continue reading

Working and The Living Dead


Will work actually make you a Zombie or is that simply your choice for how you do things? Will you just stumble along unmotivated and uncaring about the world around you or will… Continue reading

Agile Workplace Practices – A Reality


We hear that “agile” is the new way for a lot of organizations, with the goal of thinking in less constrained ways and in ways to enable better responsiveness on the part of… Continue reading

Innovation: Continuous Continuous Improvement with LEGO and Square Wheels


Someone made a LinkedIn comment about innovation and improvement and I popped in a quip that I thought would be a good poster, so here we go:   Continuous continuous improvement is a… Continue reading

Peter Drucker Quote and a LEGO Square Wheels post on Management


I saw this in my image files and realize I had not popped it into anything so, here we go. It was going to appear in a longer blog on thinking about management… Continue reading

Yes, you CAN be a more engaging leader of teams


You do NOT need to be a professional facilitator of teams in order to generate more intrinsic motivation and engagement. All you need to do is involve people in aligning to the vision… Continue reading

Behaving Engaging – a LEGO Square Wheels Poster


A discussion group in LinkedIn had a post today about “GO” being the first thing that someone should do as a new manager. DO SOMETHING seemed to be the main thrust. I wrote… Continue reading

Don’t Think about Innovation. Don’t think about Elephants.


Look at this simple illustration about how things work and don’t think about innovation: Don’t think about process improvement possibilities. Don’t think about issues of engagement and involvement. Don’t think about what might… 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 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

Round Wheels ARE Something Better


The Round Wheels already exist but most people are aware that we tend to use the Square Wheels more than the round ones… Let’s work to make improvement,   For the FUN of… 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

COACHING? Who Needs Coaching! We have WORK to do.


I was about to respond to a LinkedIn thread when I realized that I needed a new poster, so here is one on Coaching. Of course, I am tongue in cheek when I… 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

Devil’s Advocate – a Square Wheels LEGO Poster about decision-making


I am going to post up a much longer article around the issues of decision-making and the requirement that someone be appointed to a role of simply challenging assumptions. But for the moment,… 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

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

Intrinsic Motivation – Plus BOSS backwards


Motivation – we make the concept so complicated, with detailed theories about positive reinforcement and various schedules of reward delivery (Variable Ratio delivery generates the highest response rate while Differential Reinforcement of Low… 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

Teamwork – and Giving Birth to Baby Elephants


I write a lot about teams and teamwork and am completing a blog post on my main blog about teamwork and implementation — basically, it takes two to three years to effectively implement… Continue reading

Herding Cats and Frogs and similar organizational issues


A conversation with a new consultant facilitator friend in the UK had him talking about “Herding Frogs” and I mentioned that old EDS commercial about Herding Cats as useful for talking about trying… Continue reading

Thought on Business: The importance of perspective


I thought to start a short series of Thoughts on Business that employ graphic images and some of my more favorite quotes. The idea is to frame some of the illustrations of Square… Continue reading

Thought on Business: Nothing Made Sense, and Neither did anything else


I thought to start a short series of Thoughts on Business that employ graphic images and some of my more favorite quotes. The idea is to frame some of the illustrations of Square… Continue reading

Thinking about How Things Really Work… Some Square Wheels


In the past couple of days, a number of different threads on LinkedIn and in emails have had me post up some reference to Daniel Kahneman’s great book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” Some… Continue reading

Don’t Just DO Something, Stand There! An illustration


A business tip on an idea for helping an organization make improvements in how things really work:   Stop pushing and pulling the wagon and talk about ideas for improvement. And Have FUN… 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

Square Wheels are everyday tools for engagement and performance improvement


One of the things that becomes more and more apparent is that the metaphor of “Square Wheels” can be everyday language of performance improvement. Things that are “Square Wheels” are simply the things… 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

Positively Positive Potential Performance – A Square Wheels Model


By stepping back from the wagon, we can see things differently. If we can get the team to step back and look for issues and opportunities, they will see these. They can then… 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

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

Puppies. Square Wheels and Intrinsic Motivation to Implement Improvement


Let’s make improvements to how things work. Why? Because it would impact the puppies, of course. and this one is similar to this one: Yeah, we CAN improve the rolling forward of the… 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

Choices, Teamwork and Destiny


I was reading some quotes and saw a quote by Emerson that I thought to reframe around teamwork and the choices we make. Again, I will anchor it to my Square Wheels model… 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

Don’t Just DO Something, Stand There!


I posted up a comment on a magazine article about a friend’s blog and it reminded me of a cartoon and a poem that I have not used in a while. The issue… 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

Mining Gold and Collaboration – A poem and a followup question


I continue playing with the bigger powerpoint file and the creation of poems and questions for followup in Lost Dutchman team building game and around the Square Wheels illustrations. As my friend and colleague… Continue reading