Execution: Part 2, Delegation — How to Get Someone Else to Do it

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Reading Time: 2 minutes. Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. –George S. Patton In the previous lesson, we discussed how to create self-discipline, the first key to successful execution of a plan. In this lesson, we’ll explore how to scale results through delegation. As we […]

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Part 2. Create a Plan with Your Team.

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Reading Time: 4 minutes. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” –Ken Blanchard “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” –Warren Buffett   “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower   Now we have preliminary purpose […]

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12 Ways Marathon Recovery Is Like No-Mesh Hernia Surgery Recovery

2 1/2" long abdominal incision one day post-no-mesh hernia surgery, secured with steri-strips

Reading Time: 6 minutes. Marathon recovery and no-mesh hernia surgery recovery are remarkably the same. Going into surgery, I had no idea these seemingly different experiences would be as similar as they are. However, in the days following surgery, the parallels began to appear. Here are some ways marathon recovery and no-mesh hernia surgery recovery are the same. Can […]

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Stop Killing Money! 27 Ways To Improve Delivery On Your Next Project

Carrying Boxloads Of Money

Reading Time: 4 minutes. Let’s say you’re an executive, board member, or investor, and you’re tired of watching money die as you fund project after project that doesn’t meet desired outcomes. Or maybe not: too often it seems evident these people are not accountable to results, are spending other people’s money, and have no clear stake or “skin in […]

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26 Signs You’re In Trouble (Do You Need A Project Manager Or A Priest?)

Do you need a project manager or a priest?

Reading Time: 3 minutes. Congratulations, you’re a project manager! The investment team has already set the budget, schedule, and scope of your product development project. The executive staff assembled the project team. Like any catastrophic failure, errors have already been made by multiple parties, well in advance of the events that will ultimately expose the failure. Now, they will watch and […]

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4 Signs Your Team Is Engaged (and How To Increase Engagement)

Help teams build a bridge to high performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes. There I was at work: a team member said something that sounded like fearful gossip about another team (examples are in numbered headings below). While fear-mongering and gossip does occur in the workplace, there’s a skill in correctly managing these interactions. Sometimes, these are opportunities to discuss concerns that are or could be impacting project […]

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We Needed To Achieve The Impossible And Perform A Miracle

Help teams build a bridge to high performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes. There I was at work, with a client who wanted to add three staff members to my project team. Groupthink in my organization enabled a situation where that wasn’t going to happen, and that was acceptable. My option was to tell my client it was impossible: they couldn’t take part on this important project. I […]

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Are You Happy With Your Results (Who’s Responsible For Your Performance)?

Businessman looks in shock at a document he just read

Reading Time: 2 minutes. My friend, a therapeutic professional and part of my athletic training recovery program, was accused by his boss of delivering below his sales quota. He said it didn’t seem right: a simple calculation of his number of appointments times bill rates added up to much more than the business performance reports credited him. The result […]

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