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What a Performance Review Is – and What It Isn’t!

So what is performance? Performance is the results we get (the what) plus the behaviors that give us those results (the how). And why do we care about managing performance in organizations? It’s the only reliable way to assure our

Posted in Best Practices, employee engagement, Empowerment, HR, Human Resources, Leadership, Motivation, OD, Organization Development, Performance Assessment, Performance Management, Performance Review

Tell Them Once and Never Have to Tell Them Again!

I am fortunate to have an uber-perfectionist named Jessica by my side. She is incredibly responsible, completely reliable, and in general just a wonderful person to work with. At times, I forget that Jessica strives for perfection in all that

Posted in Communication, Delegation, Direction, employee engagement, Intentions, Leadership, Management, Motivation, success, Vistage

Rock Star Performers Eat Chocolate Cake and Apple Pie!

I always enjoy working with companies who value their employees and recognize them for their individual and team accomplishments. I firmly believe that people want to contribute and make a difference and that the more they feel valued the more

Posted in Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake, employee engagement, Employee Recognition, High Performing Team, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Organization Development, organizational culture

Celebrating Our Successes – One Accomplishment at a Time!

Did you just sign a new customer you’ve been chasing for 2 years? Find the simple billing errors that explain why your numbers are off so much this year – simply because you forgot to bill your clients? Those accomplishments

Posted in Accomplishment, celebration, Inspiration, Motivation, Peak Performance, Results, success

Catching Spring Fever to be a Better Leader

I was just in Minnesota with a couple of coaching clients and was thrilled to see – and feel – the sun shining again. I’ve been supporting the leaders in this family business since November, about the same time the

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Inspiration, Leadership, Minnesota, Motivation, SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Spring, Winter, Winter Depression

Super Charging Your Company with Smart Goals

Over the years, I’ve consulted with organizations large and small and across industries more diverse than I can even remember. The one thing that has always been a constant though is that the people who define their strategic intentions always

Posted in Accountability, Alignment, Goals, Innovation, Motivation, Organization Development, Organizational Change Management, Performance Improvement, SMART goals, Strategy

Aim High, Achieve Higher

Different things speak to different people. For me, sometimes it’s the lyrics in a song that move me to tears. Sometimes, it’s the message on a billboard or even the common theme of a popular TV show or classic movie

Posted in Inspiration, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Passion, success

What Are You Training For?

In September, I ran my first triathlon. It was an exhausting – and exhilarating! – experience, and I’m quite proud of my extremely respectable 2-hour and 10-minute pace for this Classic distance. I would have liked to have taken 10

Posted in Cycling, Fitness, Half-Marathon, Inspiration, Learning, Motivation, Running, self development, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Triathlons

Swimming Upstream to Unparalleled Levels of Success!

The life of an Alaskan salmon is an interesting one to say the least! These adventurous fish are born as little eggs in gravel nests at the bottom of Alaskan streams and river beds. They then hatch and grow and

Posted in Alaska, Alaskan Salmon, Circle of Life, Evolution, Innovation, Motivation, Salmon, success, Swimming, transformation

Past, Present & Future: Choosing to Live in the Now!

Have you ever stopped to consider that there really are 3 ways to live your life: Past, Present, and Future. Most of us believe we’re being Present throughout our day-to-day lives and living every moment as it actually occurs, but

Posted in Change, Future, Life, Motivation, Past, Present, transformation

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