Blog on coaching

August 25, 2020

“Underpromise and Overdeliver is a Damaging Trope; It Leads to Mediocrity.

“We underpromise and overdeliver” is a common refrain in many industries, not least of which in the business consulting world. It is also a fundamental marketing tactic amongst sales teams.  I suspect you, my worthy reader, have deployed this now-tiresome trope at some point. Maybe you thought it sounded really […]
April 27, 2020

The Land of the Free Only if the Home of the Brave

The coronavirus quarantine has suggested to some that we all, finally, are in the same boat. Irrespective of social status or religion or political affiliation, we all are facing the lockdown and its ramifications. We are in the same boat. If this does not make your cow dung meter go […]
February 1, 2020

Shared Experiences: Are They the Key to Teamwork?

I buried my dad a couple years ago. Dad joined the Marines at 19 and was honorably discharged two years later. I do not believe anything in my dad’s military career of two years was noteworthy. What WAS noteworthy to my Dad about the Marines were things like boot camp. […]
December 31, 2019

How Extra Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary.

“Mary, wrap my shawl around him and lie him down here. He will be safe and warm for the night. I bet he will fall asleep right away. The mom was nervous about her son’s comfort, but dad was right, the child went right to sleep.   More on that scene […]
October 4, 2019

Discouraged? Two Cures.

I imagine everyone gets discouraged. Seems so normal. But ongoing discouragement is dangerous, needless and pointless.  When you are discouraged, do two things. Expand your view and act now. Expand your view is evocative of a telescopic focus. A telescope can focus in very closely or pull out for the […]
July 31, 2019

3 Management Rules; from Isaac Newton!

Sir Isaac Newton is not a common reference in management circles, yet in managing staff or managing myself, I find Newton’s three laws of motion dictate much if not all the core principles in getting tasks accomplished and in attaining goals. Three Laws of Motion. “But Matt, isn’t that physics?” […]
July 1, 2019

How quickly can your life change?

Can one transform oneself from a negative to a positive person rapidly?By any chance, do others view you as negative?Someone at your work is the most negative; would you rank amongst the candidates?Do you help others see the good aspects of work or indeed of their lives?  There are two […]
March 12, 2019

Train Your Brain to be Positive, Productive, Fresh and Enthusiastic.

The primary way you train your brain is through your spoken word. The way you self-describe, or how you refer to your employer or your family determines how your brain views reality.
February 6, 2019

Coach to the Talent On Your Team

The closest circumstance to a meritocracy we have in our orbit is found in the world of sports. With few exceptions, sports teams field the finest talent with the highest chance of success. A baseball manager or football coach in the professional ranks who does NOT get fired is the […]
January 8, 2019

Does Your Team Drink the Kool-Aid or Make the Kool-Aid?

If a colleague tells you that you drink the Kool-Aid, the likelihood is that the comment is not a compliment. My opinion. You may disagree, and I’ll concede that maybe it’s meant positively. In general, though, drinking the Kool-Aid is pejorative. What about if you get to make the Kool-Aid? […]