When the Plan Fails: 5 Things to Do When it All Falls Through

When the Plan Fails

There’s the plan, and then there’s what actually happens.  Sometimes one resembles the other, but many times not.  What do you do when you find an enormous gap between the two and everything seems to be falling apart? Today we’ll look at a high-risk plan that failed badly,  see what the people involved did about it, […]

11 Key Rehearsal Techniques to Keep Your Plan From Getting Torpedoed

rehearsal technique

In 1914, a German U-boat off the coast of England fired a torpedo that sunk the British passenger liner Lusitania.  Even though there were plenty of life vests for every passenger and more than enough seats in the available life boats, most passengers did not survive the encounter. One key reason was that they did […]

Book Notes: The Slow Fix

The Slow Fix - Carl Honore

In the 2011 Grand Prix Formula One race in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton’s car collided with another racer.  There was damage to the rear wing end plate of his car.  Under any other circumstances, his racing day would have been over.  Changing tires during a pit stop is one thing, but repairing something more complicated like […]

The Abilene Paradox: When Agreement is Bad

Abilene Paradox

Not sure where your team is heading?  Wonder what will be waiting for you when you get there?  Sounds like you might just be on the Bus to Abilene.  Here’s how to recognize if you’re on that Bus and how to get it turned in the right direction.

How Backwards Planning Can Move You Forward

Backwards Planning

The first time I heard the term “backwards planning” I thought it was a mistake.  The last thing I wanted was to be backwards about my planning.  But that’s not what they meant at all.  Today we’ll talk about what backwards planning is and how you can use this technique to develop a successful plan […]

Get it Right with a Pre-Execution Checklist

Pre-Execution Checklist

Have you ever been getting ready to do something important, then forgot to take care of one critical thing?  That almost happened to me a couple weeks ago.  Fortunately, there was a technique we used that saved us some embarrassment and helped make sure things went smoothly.  It’s called the Pre-execution Checklist, and today we’re […]

How to Focus the Team and Know Where to Be

Focus the Team

Two big keys to success in leading a team are to make sure everyone is on the same wavelength, and be in a position to control the action.  In this two minute tip I’m going to show you a team trying to solve a problem, and talk about how what the leader is doing right […]

Span of Control: The Leadership Secret of Captain Ahab

The Leadership Secret of Captain Ahab - Span of Control

Captain Ahab is famous in modern fiction for his maniacal pursuit of the Great White Whale, Moby-Dick.  He gets a lot of bad press for his poor leadership style, and things didn’t end up going very well for most of the crew by the end of the book. But there is one thing that the […]

How to Plan the Annual Plan: Six Steps for Success

How to Plan the Annual Plan: 6 Steps for Success

How do you get 30 very different people to agree on something?  How do you engage all those minds to come up with an annual plan?  It doesn’t need to be as challenging as interpreting the Mayan calendar. Every year our Scout troop meets in August with one objective:  come up with a plan for next […]

How to Plan: The Six-T Method

How to Plan

Got a good idea you want to make a reality?  Have a team you want to organize to get something done?  Great!  Sometimes coming up with a good idea is the hardest part.  But now it’s time to turn that concept into a reality, and the bridge between the two is a plan. Every year […]

Agendas: Why Should I Care?

Agendas are an important leadership tool you can use to help your team prepare for a meeting, keep everybody on track, and prevent you from forgetting anything important.  Watch this video for more tips about how to use an agenda effectively.