Watch Your Tracks

As a child, I frequently accompanied my father on the rounds of his trap line. Looking back on these experiences, I marvel at his ability to read the tracks. Tracks provided him with information about an animal’s size, direction, speed and condition. He taught me that everything leaves tracks. You just have to know what…

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On the Road to Wisdom

The popular press tells us we are living in the information age, an age of learning organizations and knowledge workers. Although there’s a lot of hype out there, much of if it is contradictory and confusion. I’ve developed the following learning continuum to help me better put the concepts in context. The continuum starts with…

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Change Continuums

The message is clear: adapt or perish. The gospel preached by many of today’s ‘change masters’, suggests leaders must continuously implement improvements in their organizations in order to survive. And they must do it quickly. Failure to do so puts the organization at risk. At best this message is simplistic. At worst, it can be…

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Self Management for Leaders

Leaders have to be self-managers. Without self-management, you can’t manage others. The following suggestions will help you improve in this vital area. Set your priorities: Operate on the assumption that leadership resources are extremely limited. All of us have far more things we can do than we have time to do. Effectiveness improves when we…

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Time Cycles

Cycles punctuate our existence; they are all around us. Many natural events like day and night, reproduction and the tides all follow well-defined cycles. Social phenomena such as the economy, business and fashion also follow fairly predictable cycles. The seasons are one of the most visible cycles. Although there is some variation, every year has…

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300 Reasons You Can’t Get Things Done

Are you too busy? Do you have a hard time getting everything done? Are you in a fire fighting or crisis management mode? Do you lose track of things? Do you spend enough time on your priorities? Is your current approach impacting on your quality of life? If you are a leader or a manager…

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