“The Crisp Meeting” by Seth Godin

The Crisp Meeting is a great post by Seth Godin that gives you a framework for creating meetings that enhance your work instead of them becoming a drain on your productivity. Following is an excerpt from the post: The crisp meeting is one of a series. It's driven by purpose and intent. It's guided by questions: … Continue reading “The Crisp Meeting” by Seth Godin

are plans useless?

Good advice from GEN Eisenhower - his quote captures the reality that as soon as plans make "first contact" with reality, they immediately change and may quickly become irrelevant. However, a good planning process prepares you to deal more effectively with the unexpected obstacles or opportunities while still maintaining focus on your mission or objective. So, don't … Continue reading are plans useless?

a career worth having

Good morning! It is another beautiful morning, but the days are starting to shorten and they are a tad cooler here in NE Indiana. While I look forward to the fall, I am not so sure about what follows! I will be in Texas this weekend, so I will get a good dose of heat … Continue reading a career worth having

a powerful planning tool

Good morning! A while back, I came across a book on a powerful planning tool - Business Model Generation. I have used it and now teach it in my management classes. Watch the video below and see what you think. After you do, go to the site, review it, and download a copy of the … Continue reading a powerful planning tool

Business Model You

Good Friday morning to you! I hope you have a great end to your week. In the past I have posted about the Business Model Canvas which is a one-page tool for developing your business model. That tool has also been adapted into the Business Model You which is a great tool for drawing your own … Continue reading Business Model You

Are you Squandering Your Most Productive Time of Day?

Good morning from a snowy southwest Michigan!  Our family had a fun time this weekend at the Ice Festival in our little town.  Did not have many of those down South!! Question for you - how are you spending the first part of the day at work?  What is your focus?  For most of us, … Continue reading Are you Squandering Your Most Productive Time of Day?

Twelve Questions That Could Improve Your Team’s Decision Making

Biases can and do distort our reasoning – especially when making important decisions.  Things such as confirmation bias, anchoring, loss aversion, and etc.  These cognitive biases and others have the potential for distorting our judgment. In an article in the Harvard Business Review, “Before You Make That Big Decision . . .” the authors suggest … Continue reading Twelve Questions That Could Improve Your Team’s Decision Making

Thinking vs. Just Operating

Are you so busy operating or doing the daily tasks of work or ministry that you are not taking the time to think conceptually about your mission and your roles & responsibilities? If so, why not?  What needs to change? Peace & grace to you today, BG  

The Plan is Useless, But Planning is Everything

A paradox - seemingly. General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the man who orchestrated the most massive invasion in the world's history, has this to say about planning: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Now why would he say that? That statement is key for those of … Continue reading The Plan is Useless, But Planning is Everything