Team Building

Team Building consists of marrying shared language and shared experiences into the formulation of shared goals.

August 10, 2016

Set High Standards

People are rational and people are emotional. Even the most rational among us are more emotional than rational. Do you agree with that? I am very sure of it. I believe that while we are all rational in our basic makeup, we are governed even more by emotion. I acknowledge […]
July 27, 2016

A Colleague’s Expression is More Important than His Title.

What does air cover mean, in a management sense?  You have some idea? Would your boss provide air cover for you if he did not care about you?  Why would a boss give air cover? Does your boss provide air cover for the team? My connotation of air cover, what […]
June 28, 2016

I’m Putting You In Charge Of

“I’m putting you in charge of the kitchen tonight”, spoken in a gentle voice, is what my wife will sometimes say as she is serving me a lovely dinner.  Beats the hell out of “Do the dishes and make sure you wipe the counters and stove.” Would terminology like that […]
May 16, 2016

It Takes an Orchestra to Play a Symphony

My wife and I went to see the Navy band on Friday night at a local high school. Lots of John Philip Sousa. The brass section competing with the flutes and piccolos and of course the clarinets playing their own part. They sounded great together.  They were so in sync. […]
May 2, 2016

Believe in Others

Believe in Others. Scenario 1:  You are 13 years old, standing in the batter’s box and you have two strikes on you.  Ouch! You look to the 3rd base coach for any signs, even though batters don’t’ get signs with two strikes.  Just isn’t done!  Two strikes is trouble time. […]
April 18, 2016

We Need You

We Need You I’ll hope for the purposes of this article that your work environment has several shared goals, often quite related.  Whether driving revenue, managing cost, serving internal colleagues, providing client service, or giving great patient care, the unit in which you work will have shared goals. Everyone has […]
April 11, 2016

Physician, Heal Thyself

Physician, Heal Thyself Betcha didn’t know that is from the Bible! It’s connotation today is that you should look at your own issues before you go trying to solve other people’s. Its hard to refute the contention that the biggest troublemaker you’ll face today is the one in the mirror […]
April 4, 2016

An Object at Rest Stays at Rest

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. In very rough terms, that is Newton’s First Law of Motion. Do you know what inertia is?  Most think it means something like not moving, or maybe not alive. But it is a bit more complex.  It means […]
March 28, 2016

Loyal Opposition; Champion the Cause

  You’re driving.  Your boss is in the backseat.  You are approaching a fork in the road. The boss tells you to turn right at the fork. You happen to know that turning right will lead to Baltimore-style chaos.  Nasty stuff. A riot is breaking out. Yet you know that […]
March 14, 2016

Aspiration is an Eagle; Apathy a bit of a Serpent

    Aspiration is an eagle; apathy a bit of a serpent. You do people a great service when you expect much from them.  It is no favor to let others slide, to not aspire. Apathy, on the other hand, eats away.  It erodes you. I think it lends itself […]