Expanding Our Mindset and Preparing to Innovate

In the first blog post of this series I introduced my concern that most small to midmarket IT organizations  are failing to innovate. They have shifted into the status quo of cost leadership, trying to maintain margins or remain competitive in an MSP market that all tastes a bit vanilla bland. You are likely saying, [...]

October 16th, 2017|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Houston, we have a problem: 3 Mindsets that Keep You Stuck

In my career spanning a bit over 20 years in the IT industry, I have seen the Internet  penetrate rural America and the cell phone transform from a flip phone to the iPhone X.  I have also seen evolutions within the service models used by MSPs. Now I sit on the other side of the [...]

October 9th, 2017|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Patterns and Trends

One of the many powerful constructs used in StratOp is Pattern and Trends. It's a simple concept but provides insightful perspective used to put the right plan in place. During the StratOp process, our facilitators, coaches and consultants consistently see a few patterns and subsequent trends that begin to emerge. A typical progression of an [...]

June 12th, 2017|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

My “Year of Impact and Adventure” – What is your 2017 Rallying Cry?

Well, it’s almost over…my 60th year of life. My three daughters, three sons-in-law, and nine grandchildren threw a weekend-long birthday party for me at a church camp the girls attended when they were young.  What a joy-filled celebration! The Olympic-themed event opened with its own torch - a burning marshmallow on a stick carried by a [...]

December 27th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Accountability: Getting to “Why”

In this series we have been examining how to build an accountable culture.  This final post will focus on a myth around accountability and transforming our mindset to help get to motivation. One of the biggest myths surrounding accountability is that people do not want to do something and that is the reason they are [...]

December 15th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Lack of Accountability: Stop Lying to Yourself. It’s a Big Deal.

Got results?  If not, a lack of accountability may be part of the reason.  Accountability and execution are interlinked.  Without accountability, execution tends to lag. In this blog series we are examining several ways to build an accountable culture.  The first post in the series focused on the importance of cultivating a high-trust environment. Trust [...]

December 8th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Accountability: First, stabilize your pyramid.

Accountability is a buzz word in the workplace.  Everyone knows that it is important, and most would voice a desire to cultivate a culture of accountability. These are valid desires.  High performance teams have engaged employees who have high trust in one another and in the organization and understand how to foster accountability. When people [...]

December 2nd, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

PIES: A Recipe for Replenishment (part 4)

The fourth aspect of replenishment involves managing our spiritual energy well.  The word spiritual does have a connection to faith and our reliance on God or a higher power, but it is broader than that. It also encompasses a sense of identity and purpose.  Spiritual energy involves connecting with our deeply held core values and [...]

November 9th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

PIES: A Recipe for Replenishment (Part 3)

Drained.  Exhausted.  Depleted.  These are all words that can often point to the most overlooked type of replenishment and one every leader needs: Emotional Replenishment. In this blog series we have been discussing energy management as a vital component to a leader’s performance.  Accessing pleasant and positive emotions is what enables our ability to excel [...]

October 27th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments

Life and Leadership Lessons from the Churchill War Rooms

“This is the room from which I will direct the war,” stated Winston Churchill upon becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 10, 1940, as he entered the windowless off-white basement room.  Today, in central London, the Churchill War Rooms Museum provides a fascinating look into the historic British World War II effort.  [...]

October 17th, 2016|Expedition: Leadership|0 Comments