Category Archive: Innovation

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

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

Thoughts on Intrinsic Motivation – a poem


Here is a cute one about motivation that comes from continuous improvement: Sure can be fun out there! See our toolkit on Manager as Motivator, a Square Wheels-based training package For the FUN… 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 – A New Day of Possibilities


It’s the dawn of a new day and one arises thinking that new ways of getting things done just might be possible: And we all know the importance of communicating about ideas for… 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

Square Wheels Haiku – Thoughts and an image on Improvement


I started doing a whole big bunch of haiku poems for business process improvement. This is one of the first. I’m having fun with these. And if you want to embellish or improve,… Continue reading

People and Potential – Releasing the Butterfly


So many of our interactions with others in our daily management could focus on potential. Most of us have that ability to be more than what we are if we only felt more… 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

Making the Workplace FUN!


Motivation and engagement are two critical factors for workplace improvement. So, I ask you, “What’s wrong with this picture of how things really work in most organizations?” What choice have probably been made… 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

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

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

Activity is NOT Progress or improvement


Sometimes, we get so focused on rushing and running around that we lose sight of the reality that things can be improved. Here is a little ditty on just that: Racing to the… Continue reading

Intrinsic Motivation comes from making improvements


Some simple thoughts on what makes people commit to doing things differently. What is intrinsic motivation all about? Why do people implement change when they often have no support from management? Sometimes, simply… Continue reading

Square Wheels One and “The way we works”


Yeah, sometimes things get rough and tough, and some people have had enough. Sometimes we could choose to do, something that might just be new. Round Wheels roll better than Square Ones, for… Continue reading

Moments of Team Reflection can generate a New Direction


I have a series of cartoons that focus on reflecting about how things really are. There are 6 of them, each with the theme that you can possibly see new things if you… Continue reading

If You Always Do, What you have Always Done – a poem on rotten results!


This little ditty popped into my head while I was thinking  of some conversations with my pal Lucy Freedman of Syntax. We share a background of NLP and similar behavioral approaches to improving… Continue reading

Illustrated Steve Jobs quote on Design, with two images


Steve Jobs — not much needs to be said about his influence on design and quality and making things the right way. Here is a quote about design and how to make improvements.… Continue reading

Thoughts on Thinking about Workplace Innovation


…or, “A Desk is a Dangerous Place from Which to View The World!” Ideas are good, but not every idea is a good idea. And a desk is one of the places where… Continue reading

People who are attacked by management WILL defend themselves


A simple illustrated concept is show here. Basically, the reality is that people who feel they are being attacked by their management will defend themselves in some way. Often, this involves a personal… Continue reading

Square Wheels are Everywhere, with a poem and cartoon to prove it!


If you don’t believe this little ditty, just try showing the Square Wheels One illustration to a group of people and ask them what is happening and how the cartoon might represent how… Continue reading

Big Foot Smush – Part of Godzilla Meets Bambi and a poem on how things really work


Godzilla Meets Bambi is my animated cartoon that address leadership and motivation in organizations as they relate to innovation. You can get a drift for what the short animation covers as collapsed into… Continue reading

Doing Nothing is NOT Making Progress


It is surprising how many people think that maintaining the status quo is actually maintaining anything. A cartoon on that looks like this: And, when we consider the situation, it looks and sounds… Continue reading

What Customers Think about how things really work


Here is The Customer involved in how things are working. From their perspective, all they feel are the impacts of poor systems and policies. But sometimes they can also feel improvements. The solutions… Continue reading

Scott’s Marketing Image for our Square Wheels toolkits


I thought this a solid and simple way of representing the business improvement opportunity that exists for most managers in most organizations:

Traveling with the Square Wheels Team


I saw some slogans for traveling and thought that they made pretty funny captions for Square Wheels One: Performance Management Company sells easy to use toolkits for generating better involvement, engagement and innovation.

Famous Last Words about how things really work…


I thought these comments were pretty funny, so here they are:

Playing with Ideas involves and engages


The Round Wheels are already in the Square Wheel wagon. But implementation requires people to play with ideas before they can truly implement change. Playing with ideas helps involvement and innovation and generates… Continue reading

The Potential to Make Things Happen


Unseen potential is always there. Good ideas can come from unexpected places.  

Politics, Culture and Organizational Mud. How do we make progress?


Getting things done? Maybe. What changes do we need?

Everyone Can Contribute, Surprisingly


Ideas can come from everywhere. Don’t be surprised, just look for good ones when they appear. Good ideas come from hands-on people, who understand the realities of how things work and who have… Continue reading

Dealing with the Mud of Management and the making of improvements


Sometimes, we get up to our axles in mud and we need to consider that there might be a different way to address issues of performance, rather than doing the same old thing… Continue reading

Thoughts on Intrinsic Motivation


How things really work. With some obvious inferences about what might be done differently… Why do the above, when we might do something more like this: How might we do things more better… Continue reading

Tractors versus People – The Workplace


There are always other solutions. Not all of them are great ones! Be careful what you wish for. Not ALL things are really improvements and there are impacts from everything you press onto… Continue reading

Discover the Road – Square Wheels and Mud, a Haiku


A Haiku on dealing with the mud of the journey forward. Note that you are NOT on the road… Do things better and differently. Please Like this if you LIKE this! Have FUN… Continue reading

Collaboration and Innovative Thinking


People with different views can collaborate to produce a better outcome. People can combine their different perspectives to generate an even richer idea for innovation and implementation. For the FUN of It! Dr.… Continue reading

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