Robots…Or Scissors?

The Hyundai plant in Montgomery Alabama consists of a 3.2 million square foot structure sitting on 1700 acres. 395,00 cars are built there every year by 3,000 team members. And hundreds of robots. A few years ago, I led a consulting project which required me to visit the newly opened...

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A Hellish Decision

Imagine St. Peter standing at the Gates of Heaven, assessing whether or not to admit those seeking entry. To some supplicants, he offers a look at hell, indicating that this is their final home. Imagine their delight when they see a place where everyone is partying. They happily tell...

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The Measure of Leaders

“It’s in moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Such is the wisdom I obtained the other day from a fortune cookie. It’s a familiar message, one stated more notably by Martin Luther King Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but...

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Breaking Through the Bottleneck

I was looking forward to drinking a 2008 Listrac Medoc from Chateau Reverdi. Not one of the best wines of the region but still a nice thing for a lazy evening of hamburgers on the grill. Now there I stood, helplessly looking at the partially opened bottle sitting on my...

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Metrics Done Right

I love metrics....with a caveat In a recent missive, I wrote about how important it is to set big long-term goals. It’s hard to accomplish big, scary long-term goals without setting metrics to guide the path. But you have to do metrics right. Metrics done right are wonderful for letting you...

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A Doctor’s Take on Perseverating

“Perseveration is often seen with dementia or thought disorders.” Thus began an email I received in response to my recent post, “Perseverating”. Imagine my surprise upon reading it. Dementia? Thought disorders? Dr. David Fitzgerald, neurologist and author of the email, went on to describe perseverators as those who “keep doing the...

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Reach High…Achieve More

“We make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.” V. S. Naipaul In this time of goal and resolution setting, thoughts turn to the subject of the targets organizations set. When I am working with clients I often hear myself asking, with not very subtle disgust: “That’s...

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Perseverating

During a discussion about why an employee was not doing so well, Dan, his boss, told me that the fellow spent too much time perseverating. Laughing at hearing this unusual word, I responded, “Perseverating. It has such a nice ring to it. What does it mean?” Dan proceeded to explain...

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