Category Archive: Innovation

How can we impact workplace performance and innovation?


How can we impact workplace performance? Perspective and Teamwork. The consideration of New Possibilities. Active engagement and active involvement with innovation. Implementation, (at last in many cases). And continuous continuous improvement. Captured in… Continue reading

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

Too Busy to Improve?


There is a lot of background around this new poster, and a few different versions of things. But the basic idea is about how ideas are handled. Here, a person (an outsider, an… Continue reading

Thoughts on Knowledge and Thinking


A reality is that ALL of us know more than ANY of us, and we are often blind to new ideas because we are so invested and embedded in the old paradigms. Sometimes,… 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

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

The Desk – a place to think — a Poem done in the Dr. Seuss style


Just a thought about how things could work better in some workplaces. We need to think about more possibilities, for sure:                     For the… 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 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 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

Monday or Wednesday, what is the difference?


My friend Brian Remer posted up a blog on creativity and used a metaphor of bicycle riding and showed a brain with a bike. Cute. And it got me to send him back… 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

The Paradox of Images and LEGO and construction


We working hard to illustrate a big bunch of things from my Square Wheels themes and quotes collections and to build a lot of scenes into my Lost Dutchman team building game. But,… 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

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 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

Da Vinci quote about Square Wheels and possibilities


Not sure that Leonardo had the Square Wheels wagon specifically in mind when he said this,   but maybe… For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization… 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

Disruptive Engagement and Innovation


Sometimes, you really need someone to challenge the group think in order to identify something that can be done differently to make improvements in how things really work. So, DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING,… 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

Flowers are like Workplace Improvement Ideas


I uploaded this as a high res image, simply because I could! It is one of the spectacular day lilies from my garden. Fabulous stuff. And you can get fabulous ideas from the… 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

The Weeks of Making Progress


Not published much in a while but LOTS of new haiku and similar things needing to be uploaded. Here are three in my LEGO Square Wheels® series about “the weeks at  hand” and… Continue reading

Santa Rocks


And Santa rolls now, more than he rocked before. You can see that those Square Wheels are being replaced by some round ones… For the FUN of It! Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer… Continue reading

A Poem on Mean – Negative Thoughts on People and Performance


Sometimes I do get carried away, but a while back, I thought to write a somewhat intentionally MEAN poem about people and performance. And it sat there in my files for a long… 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

Poem on Performance Leadership and Innovation


I am trying to keep this both real and simple. It IS about involvement and engagement and it IS about asking for ideas and listening to the answers: So, Don’t Just DO Something,… 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

Involve and Engage The Boss


Here is one on motivation gained through the facilitation of ideas by a supervisor. How can we improve the Facilitation Skills of the supervisors? Check out The Square Wheels Project, our online training… Continue reading

Square Wheels and Rock and Roll!


Terry Lee was over here and we were listening to songs while we are painting my den and he mentioned Uriah Heep and one of my favorite songs is “July Morning.” So, I… 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

Listening – a Poem on Performance Improvement


I saw a post about how to be a better manager and it focused on listening to people. Not reading it, I guessed that it says that if you listen to others, you… Continue reading

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

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