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
We often think of making structural changes to improve performance. Sometimes, that works. Sometimes, it just confuses things like working relationships, measurement systems, and the tools to get the job done may now… Continue reading
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
Here is one reason why some things do not change: our self reflections may be biased and we may not see things as they are. It is that old frame, “We judge ourselves… Continue reading
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
Some thoughts on allowing people to play with ideas, and those ideas will transform themselves into a different reality. But it is really hard to innovate when all you do is pull and… Continue reading
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
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
People sharing a common goal can get a lot more accomplished than people who are each working individually. The key is to keep them motivated and feeling like they are accomplishing the goals… Continue reading
The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has the theme of mining as much Gold as WE can, something that tabletops often ignore in their attempt to win the game for their… Continue reading
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
If people feel that they are being attacked, they will eventually band together and formalize their defenses. They have lots of ways to accomplish this structural defensiveness. The key is to identify the… Continue reading
We need to recognize where our processes are constrained and look for ways to make improvements in how things flow. This involves planning and collaboration and communications, key issues for leadership.
I use the words, “Continuous Continuous Improvement” because of the reality that many people will say that they have DONE continuous improvement, which is really a paradox and not possible. How can you… Continue reading
Thoughts on teamwork and making progress. Two business slogans used in marketing that are combined with the reality of how organizations really work. Do you think that this represents the worker reality?
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
This is a simple theme that we use in our thoughts about Teaching The Caterpillar to Fly. You can find a 5-part series of posts and illustrations by clicking on the image. You… Continue reading
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
Ah, the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893, where the soldiers fired the gun and everyone took off to claim the land that they wanted. It was a great way to populate the state… Continue reading
Yep. Most organizations do not seem to get things very aligned. But the reality is that things can actually work out just fine. Remember to celebrate the success!
It takes a lot of crap for people to finally get mad, but when they do, you can often hear a loud, “POP” as the pin hits the balloon. You can expect no… Continue reading
On issues of progress and improvement, as viewed from being up to your axles in mud and dealing with alligators. One from our Lost Dutchman framework of how to improve teamwork and the… Continue reading
Here are some thoughts about performing to capability and motivation:
I thought this a solid and simple way of representing the business improvement opportunity that exists for most managers in most organizations:
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.
I thought these comments were pretty funny, so here they are:
There is this one, too. Balance is critical for good leadership. (And I sent this one out after flubbing an email to a group of customers.)
Organizations need alignment in order to make efficient and effective progress on the journey forward. This is how it should look!
This is a poem, but it is also the punchline to my Favorite Closing Story, “The Moose Joke!” You can click on the image to go to a download page for the joke.