The ship that never starts never arrives.

1 04 2016

“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.  You can’t edit a blank page.” ~Jodi Picoult

Those who read these daily comics know that the quote is true.  Not every missive is a good one, but I TRY to get something out every day that I’m working.  I’ve been proud of some of them, and just “mailed it in” on occasion, due to writers block.

The point, leaders, is to get started.  A ship that never gets started moving is the only one that is GUARANTEED to never reach its destination.  Ships that start moving in ANY direction can correct course, and will eventually arrive at the goal.  I’m not advocating a Ready-Fire-Aim philosophy.  You should think about your goal, and war-game the possible obstacles and resolutions, but you have to eventually start moving, and sooner is usually better than later.  Otherwise, what you’ve got is a philosophy of Ready-Aim-Aim-Aim-Aim……

Speaking of blank pages…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.


You say Grenada, I say Granada…

25 06 2014

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

Careers, and the “lives” of companies have great times, and inevitable bumps in the road.  The bumps are those problems that give you the experience to, hopefully, avoid them in the future.  Don’t get down when you try something new and it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, but instead, feel sorry for those who don’t every try anything new, and just keep doing it like it’s always been done.

You may end up in the wrong place when you move in the wrong direction, but you’re moving, and can correct your course.  Those poor souls who never try anything new, most assuredly, are not moving at all.  You can be the leader who saw both Grenada AND Granada, because you booked the wrong flight (true story from yesterday’s news), or you can be the person who (figuratively) never traveled more than 50 miles from home their whole life.

The true story of the Grenada/Granada mix-up.  Ending up in the Caribbean may have been a mistake, but what a great experience, right?!?!  That’s how you learn from, and can celebrate mistakes!

Speaking of Enthusiasm…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.

Passivity is fatal…

17 04 2013

“A passive approach to professional growth will leave you by the wayside.” ~Tom Peters

“Passivity is fatal to us.  Our goal is to make the enemy passive.” ~Mao Zedong

 As the halfway point in our annual performance evaluation period, I urge you all (call it an order if you’re in my chain of command) to review your goals for the year with your leader, and to force the conversation with your subordinates.  It would be a darn shame if you or your team members got to the end of the evaluation period, and didn’t accomplish goals.  It should NEVER be a surprise if someone gets a below expectations performance review.  A good leader will let them know that it’s coming by saying things like “when are you planning to achieve this goal?”

 On the other hand, if the end of the year comes, and they haven’t achieved the goal (aside from those rare objectives that change during the year, and become obsolete), they’re likely a living example of the first quote above.  If they don’t care enough to actively pursue achievement of their goals, maybe they are also toxic to your team. These are people that you might want to manage out… like our friend below… 


Rubes cartoons used with permission.