What’s the Problem With Work?

If you follow my blog or know a little about me, you may know that I love investing resources into ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape. That said, my brother-in-law and I both have an interest in fat tire bikes. These bikes allow you to ride on a variety of surfaces; perhaps most notably in the snow and also on the beach, making it the perfect bike for all seasons where I live in the Northeast. My family and I vacation near Lake Michigan every summer. At the start of one of my recent trips, my brother-in-law and I took the bikes down the Lake Michigan shoreline. On the ride, we encountered three different people who made …

VIDEO: The Four Reasons People Don’t Do the Things You Ask

Anyone leading an organization has the task of aligning the behavior of their team to a specific outcome. You need your team to row together using their individual talents in line with the vision of the company. Sounds simple. Yet, one of the questions I’m often asked by Executives is, “Why don’t people do what we ask them to do?” If you’ve created clear communication of what needs to be done, why don’t people do it? It’s a human behavior challenge that comes down to four specific reasons: 1. They don’t have a chance to (a systems or operational problem). 2. They don’t want to (a motivational problem). 3. They aren’t able to (a hiring problem/people in the wrong seats). …

VIDEO: A Personal Story About the Power of a Clearly Defined Vision

Have you heard that people spend more time planning a vacation then they do on how they want to run their lives? Do you have a clearly defined, articulated, written and visual depiction of exactly how you’d like your life journey to look? I’ve found through the years of working with Executives that everyone always starts with some kind of a vision, but they aren’t clearly articulating it. Why? You’ve probably heard that you can write down goals and put them in a drawer and you increase the probability for those things to happen. There’s truth to that, but there’s some alignment that needs to happen too. I’ve found it best and most meaningful if we can break our visions …

How Star Trek Got it Right

For much of my youth I tuned in to the original Star Trek series. I even had the James T. Kirk doll. Yes, I am a boy, and I admit…I had a doll. Star Trek has one of the most famous opening lines: “Space: the final frontier.” But when you think about this statement a bit more, it’s pretty profound. So profound that I want to explore it a bit more with you. Space is one of the most powerful resources that we have available to us. I have found (not only for me, but for my clients as well) that the more we can create space in our lives, the deeper and further we can go. Space is grounding …

Breaking Free From the Prison of Your Mind

My wife and I are preparing for our annual trip to Lake Michigan this summer. We go every summer to see family, go to the beach, hang with friends, and ride our bikes. I saw something on one of our rides last summer that I wish I had taken a photo of at the time. There were two posts in the driveway of a farmhouse in Three Oaks, MI. Each post had words on it that when you read them from left to right it said “Hard Times.” Then I thought, “Wow! Now there is a paradigm!” Before you think I am here to judge and put people down, hang with me. Regardless of whatever may have happened to create …