Business Quote: Behold The Turtle!


Another one of the standard business quotes from past decades is this quote about risk and action and reward. Getting things done is a lot about how risk is perceived, how you manage… 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

A Slideshare package on Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for teambuilding


Apologies for this miss-aligned and non-poetic post but I wanted to share the information that a new slideshare program on our team building game for collaboration and alignment was uploaded a few minutes… 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

Accentuate the Negative – Seriously


“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten…” This is an old quote I remember from my NLP training 20 years ago and… 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

Teamwork could happen


Teamwork just might happen on its own when people are faced with a challenge. Well, probably not. One is actually much more likely to see competition and each individual working in their own… Continue reading

Winter of Despair and a Hope for Spring – Illustrated Haiku by Scott Simmerman


This is not technically a haiku in structure, but I am hoping that it illustrates a good learning point about despair and possibilities that already exist. Note that the round wheels are already… Continue reading

Take Time for a Smoke – a Business Haiku from a non-smoker!


There are issues with pushing the wagon and with pulling the wagon and also issues with smoking. But, I wonder which of these is actually worse for one’s health. Ya think? Don’t Just… Continue reading

Thoughts on DE-motivation – Kaboom!


Every so often, it just reaches a point where the Pin finally hits the balloon. People can sometimes have a pretty good tolerance for crappy stuff, but everyone also has a threshold. When… Continue reading

Tolkien – Not all those who wander are lost


I thought to illustrate this most excellent quote by J. R. R. Tolkien from a poem from The Lord of The Rings: You can find some other business quotes elsewhere in this poems… 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

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

Thought on Business: Teamwork – How things really work (Leaders)


My last blog quote post of today — this is number 5. We talk leadership all the time and there are thousands or tens of thousands of books about the issue. SO much… Continue reading

Thought on Business – Thinking Like a Leader of Teamwork


I just read the start of a discussion in one of my LinkedIn groups called, “Think Like a Leader” and which references an HBR video by Daniel Goleman, who I really like and… Continue reading

Thought on Business: Teamwork – How Things Really Work (Workers)


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: 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

Monkeys and Dis-Un-Engagement


There is a good story about cognitive science that is more about managing monkeys and dealing with un-engagement that I wanted to pop up in here: So, if you think that the basic… Continue reading

FEAR is The Mindkiller – The Litany


I put up a longer blog post you can find it you click on the image below, but here is the quip part of that message relating to: From Frank Herbert’s Dune book,… Continue reading

Me? A Facilitator and a Motivator?


Yep. The process is not a hard one. And it needs to be done to impact engagement and motivation. Click on the image below to go to a simple blog post and some… 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

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

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

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 – Five of Six


The “Go” for “Green” continue with number 5 of our 6 Spring Forward business haiku featuring Square Wheels One. What are your reactions to this one: Not just springing forward but making The… Continue reading

Daylight Savings Haiku – Four of Six


Now I start with some positive possibility reframing of the Square Wheels and the issues of Daylight Savings Monday as a possible day for choosing to improve how things really work in most… Continue reading

Daylight Savings Haiku – Three of Six


Here is the third and last of the brown business haiku series anchored to the opportunity to make a change when we are making a change. Daylight Savings Time represents a time for… 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

Daylight Savings Haiku – One of Six


Do you like the basic idea? A winter of work with no possibility of a Spring Forward. Can we really continue to do the same things the same way? Click on the image… 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

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

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

Intrinsic Motivation – Business Haiku and Square Wheels


Here are two nice haiku around the issue of the value of making changes to improve your workplace and the gratification that comes from making such changes. DO note that the change may… 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

Intrinsic Motivation


It is easy to motivate me. Just let me stop pushing and see. The wheels can roll smoothly and fast if we can just kick the boss in the (back) The ideas are… 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

Business Haiku – Square Wheels and Customer Service


I commonly and often say, “The Square Wheels are everywhere…” when it comes to happenings around customer service. Example from yesterday: I called my insurance company and asked for a report to be… Continue reading

Business Haiku with Square Wheels – The Journey Forward


Making progress in any initiative is taking steps forward. Often, it is about working with others and being led on the journey. One often needs peer support, good systems and processes to manage… Continue reading