Three Strategic Threesomes: 3 you need, 3 you don’t, and 3 ways you struggle

I was talking with a friend and colleague – and sometimes client – this morning about strategy. He’s a Vistage chair here in San Diego.  (If you don’t know what Vistage is, you can check it out at http://www.vistage.com.)  We were talking about the difference between strategy and tactics, and why some people struggle with making day-to-day tactical decisions that align with …

Got time for that?

“Not enough time” is a reason for not doing an enormous number of things. I’m convinced it’s 99% untrue. Seems to me … we do what we really want to do. So don’t tell me what you don’t have time for. Tell me what you do have time for. ShareShareTweet

Strategy. It’s sexier than you think.

Strategy. After asking around a bit, I’m pretty much convinced that most people don’t really know what it is. I’m also pretty sure that a lot of small business owners and independents secretly believe it’s not necessary.  That it belongs in big corporate boardrooms and gets developed on expensive corporate retreats … and that it ultimately doesn’t amount to much but …

Staving off New Year’s planning overwhelm

Show me a small business owner, and I’ll show you someone who’s been making plans, setting goals, and dreaming dreams. That’s what happens during this transition from one year to the next. Excitement runs high.  The struggles of the previous year are set aside.  The new year lies ahead like a field of fresh snow, trackless and pristine. And then …

The Power of Gradual

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. If you’re like most people, you want change and progress to be big, obvious, and fast. Yet real, lasting change and progress is seldom big, or obvious – and it’s almost never fast. It’s gradual.  Incremental. Waves take years to shape jagged, broken bits into the beautiful, rounded forms of beach glass.  And …

The right question … or the right answer?

No one wants to look dumb.  Everyone wants to have an answer.   Preferably, of course, the right answer – but at least an answer. I see it all the time.  People rushing wildly towards an answer. There’s a classic story of how NASA developed an extremely expensive pen that would allow astronauts to write in the zero gravity of space. The …

Picking what’s important

How do you prioritize? As a leader, how do you choose where you spend your time – really? In talking with clients and with members of groups I attend and/or lead, I’ve noticed that what people say are their priorities … often bears little relationship to where they’re actually putting their attention and time. Your true priorities reveal themselves by …

The myth of the Right Answer

It’s out there somewhere. The Right Answer.  The solution to whatever you’re struggling with. The Right Answer.  It’s the promise of self-help books, the siren song of marketing gurus and management guides, and the seductive allure of all those online videos selling solutions. They all profess to have the Right Answer. And when you’re trying to succeed at something – …

Clarity + Focus doesn’t mean perfection!

Saturday evening, I went with friends to see Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. Clarity?  You bet.  Absolute clarity about what they want to accomplish.  Absolute clarity about how they’re going to do it. Focus?  Well, if you’ve ever seen Cirque du Soleil perform, you know there’s focus.  There has to be.  Without it, the show would come to a screeching halt …

The Runaway Explanation

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. You know that thing that happens when you want to ask for something, but you’re not sure you’re going to get it – or even that you’re really entitled to it?  Do you find yourself going to great lengths explaining why you should have it, why it’s the right thing to do, or …