Posts filed under ‘Productivity & Profit’

Definite Techniques for Transformation

Triggers,  by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter       NY: Random, 2015

Okay, folks, we are talking about psychology and behavior here, not guns. This book begins sounding very psychologically oriented, but it was written by a management consultant, often brought in by top executives to “smooth the interpersonal rough edges off” by a CEO. Aims at helping implement desired changes.

Questions are clearly Goldsmith’s preferred methods. One chart tracks kinds of questions, whether they are more helpful or not by whether they are wanted or not and encouraging or not. Another asks whether you should preserve or eliminate, be creative or accepting. Drawn as a circle, one can plot items on a continuum.

The insight about how much environment affects a person, coupled with the questions allows people to move off their usual excuses of blaming the environment and see themselves and give themselves motivation for change.

Goldsmith reflected on his coaching failures to ask how committed to change people were. Some don not want to be changed and it is arrogant of us to think we can help them change. In other cases, people need help and structure. For instance, the 5 point checklist for doctors in intensive care units dramatically educed infections – even thought doctors know all the the ingredients. The structure of the checklist reminded them to do what they knew to do. Similarly, we know crises will occur and other challenges will come, so we need help (such as someone calling us to ask us the questions or daily rating system) or structure (such as regular check in meetings)

On the recurrent obstacles is that we get tired at the end of the day, and sometimes we have too much on our plate. Other times, we just didn’t plan to do our best, as if there were some times when it would be okay to be an amateur. Well, sometimes it is: when it is impossible to be anything else, then it is time to settle for good enough rather than be unhappy. Most of the time in interpersonal relationships, however, we could be better, if we realized there were a way. Not enough sleep

Finally he asks about when is good enough good enough. Manufacturing will have certain errors and effort to eliminate them at a certain point become counter-productive, but by contrast, a CEO must not let himself off the hook by saying he is not a professional speaker and a husband can’t avoid responsibility by saying well, at work he has to be professional.

Helpful in changing behavior and helping in cuing a coach on how to help clients.

What questions have meant the most in changing your own behavior? What questions have you posed to your staff to improve performance?

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April 18, 2016 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Are You Coachable? 3 Questions to Consider

Ken Blanchard is the guru of gurus in the consulting/coaching world. Most owners and bosses could use organizational coaching and or personal coaching, but only the most wise seek it out. What are your thoughts? What kind of consulting or coaching do you find valuable? rare?

Source: Are You Coachable? 3 Questions to Consider

September 26, 2015 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Top 5 Organizational Tip as Fresh “Year” Begins

Students are going back to school this week here. Early Childhood teachers are getting the last bulletin board put up. Parents are browsing through aisles of school supplies. There is a fresh breeze of fall discernible, as we launch into heavy traffic.

Here are my top 5 organizational tips.

1. Calendar! This is your best method for being sure things get done. Make a do list and assign time to tasks.
2. Calendar! Also assign some rest time. Take Saturday or Sunday off. Alot one day to rest and one day to home management and be sure you make some time to socialize.
3. Make clear instructions. Our work coordinates with others and it goes best with the coordination is best. Spending time on making clear instructions saves both grief and time.
4. Plan out some planning time. Yearly consider how well you are aiming at your goals. Are your projects in line with your goals? Monthly, take stock of your finances, and tweak your projects to be sustainable. Weekly organize your time to be effective and efficient. In this way, you won’t just go “round the mountain” but you can “take the mountain.
5. Organize your space. Yes, clean your office. Put things back where they belong. Don’t store things in your workspace. Put your tools in order where you can reach them easily. Making things neat and even pretty has value in brightening your day and making work easier.

and extra 6: Plan to learn something useful. Indeed plan to be open to learning.

August 27, 2015 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Relaunching into Helping Organizations Be More Productive

I am an expert in increasing productivity, both for individuals  &  groups. Perhaps uniquely, I am an expert on the social dynamics of organizations — organizations like a workgroups, churches, or  associations. I still will serve teachers and educational institutions, but I am expanding. Actually, I started with helping small businesses, churches, and denominations back in the 19990s. I just became very focused on the special requirements of early childhood centers since 2000. Now that I have retired from teaching at the collegiate level, I will have time to serve more people.

Please let me know what challenges you are facing. My recent training in coaching will add to my ability to help you be more productive at work. My greatest expertise, however, is understanding the social dynamics of a group, and then helping people communicate better in it, so as to be more productive toward meeting their mission. Perhaps no one else has the wide range of sociological, psychological, business, boardsmanship, and pastoral training and experience that I have. Sure, I can stand up and teach. I can make abstruse research clear, too. More importantly, though, I can help you see your own organization, and how to make it better. That is a great value.

For instance, if your association has fewer and fewer members every year, do you want a seminar on membership, or do you want research, coaching, and a seminar if necessary, that really transforms the culture so that you have more members every year?  If you have a manufacturing business where waste eats profit, do you want a seminar on communication, or do you want to find ways to improve communication so as to reduce waste and thus dramatically increase profit? If you have a large corporation, do you want one division in the habit of screaming at the other? Or do you want the competitive juices going into improved specs and increased sales? It may or may not take a seminar, but it will take some research, some coaching, and some communicating.

Isn’t it the value in organizational transformation to greater productivity, and not mere training hours that you want? 512/249-7629

May 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment


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The Government is not a Village. Dialogs across boundaries, busts myths, reveals real science. Offers a positive way forward in early education policy. Go to www.lulu.com or www.thegovernmentisnotavillage.com Swim with the Dolphins, not with the Sharks Sharon's classic book on conflict reduction available at www.amazon.com This is instrumental music, great for calming and focusing. I recommend it for your classroom. WHOLETONES

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