Half Finished

I heard a friend say this phrase the other day, “I’m the master of the half-finished.” It made me really start to think about what it meant. I felt like a fox caught in the hen house. That phrase described me on many occasions in my life. I am a visionary with an aggressive personality. I can see things finished, the problem is that I don’t always have the patience to see them through. When …

Indicator Lights

Often we find things out of balance in our life. They show up in unusual ways or through abnormal behaviors. Have you ever acted or reacted in a certain way and thought, “Why did I do that? That’s not me”. Those are indicators. When things are out of balance in our lives it could be due to stress, depression, over-work, pressure, etc. When you get out of balance you will begin to do things differently, …

Critical Results of Negative Tension on a Team

Tug not War – Part 2 Check out Part 1 and Part 3 In Part 1, we looked at four words associated with tension. They are conflict, stress, strain, or pressure. Tension on a team can be fatal. Teams are made of a diverse group of people, to say the least. They all have different behaviors and personalities. We often use the Personality Imprint™ and Team Imprint™ to assess the diversity and uniqueness of a team. Personal coaching and team development will allow you to go …

Positive Tension on a Team

Tug not War – Part 3 In Part 1, we looked at four words associated with tension. They are conflict, stress, strain, or pressure. In Part 2 we discussed the word tension and how it can be defined as, “the act of stretching or straining.” Both are action words and both create a pull in different directions; therefore, we get “tension”. Note there is a positive side, “stretching”, and a negative side, “straining”. Negative tension is a strain on a team, but positive tension …

Tension on a Team

Tug not War – Part 1 When you see the word tension, you usually think about things like conflict, stress, strain, or pressure. No leader wants these things for his team. These things will cause a team to self-destruct. It will implode and destroy anything connected to it. As leaders, we spend a great deal of time working on relieving tension from our team. By the time you realize that tension is present on your team, it is probably …

Enough is Enough

Life happens. You give and give yet it never seems to be enough. You may feel that your part of the relationship seems to do all of the giving and the other side is doing all of the taking. It could be that your are frustrated with where you are in your career, but are not sure when it is time to pursue something different. You may have made some poor decisions and it seems you just keep making more. Maybe …

Giving Children (and others we lead) Someone To Follow

Children are always looking for a role model. If they see a fireman, police officer, or doctor, that is what they would like to become. By tomorrow, they may have something else on their mind. The point is, they are very impressionable and in need of the right kind of examples to follow. We are examples whether we want to be or not. We are examples whether it is a good one or not. We …

Blurring the Lines

Gaining clarity about things that are important  The hardest part of day-to-day life is keeping on track and prioritized. In much of our life we major on the minors, and minor on the majors. We start out with good intentions. We aim in the right direction, but for some reason, we easily get off track.  Imagine an airplane leaving Atlanta headed to Paris. The headings are set and the flight plan is filed. The plane …

Meetings that Make Money!

The cold hard fact is that most people hate meetings. They start at 9am sharp and end at 11am dull. Many team members report feeling that it does nothing more than waste their time and sometimes it even leaves them more discouraged and confused than when they arrived. Many leaders hate meetings, too. Most leaders feel that they are supposed to hold meetings, but aren’t even sure what to do at one. Think of the …