Tag Archive: Scott Simmerman

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

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

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

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

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 – 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

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 – 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 – Some Square Wheels One illustrations


It is just so easy to do haiku with the image of the Square Wheels wagon, since it generates so many irrational thoughts about the reality of the journey, the difficulty of the… Continue reading

50 Feet Farther than Last Year – a poem


Here is another ditty about work and working, along with connections to how I use the metaphor of 50 feet along with the telling of my Moose Joke: My Moose Joke uses this… 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

Caterpillars and Butterflies and Change and Potential


For the past few weeks, I have been playing with my illustrations and pictures and the themes of managing and leading change and improvement. So much of it has to do with unrealized… Continue reading

Thoughts on Mentoring – Teaching the Caterpillar to Fly


A lot of what we do is simply about perspective and viewpoint. Good leaders tend to see things differently and look for potential. The butterfly is already in the caterpillar. And caterpillars can… 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

Great Walls in Communications and Teamwork


In China, there is a Great Wall. There are also Great Walls in most organizations, each with its own wagon trains. Is Interdepartmental Collaboration an oxymoron?There are lots of ways to improve communications.… 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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