Most productive

We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets and time lines, and the freedom to solve their own problems.” – John Rollwagen

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On this Columbus Day holiday, my easily distracted mind thought, “Why not include a photo of bears with this quote?  If you replace people with bears then the quote applies too.”  So, with that, I give you a photo of bears.  Happy Columbus Day!

photo credit: cheryl strahl via Compfight

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Innumerable Everyday Leaders

What makes a company great is not primarily its top leaders, but the quality of its innumerable everyday ones.” – John Holmes

This week’s quote is dedicated to those innumerable everyday leaders out there. You make the world turn and I, for one, am deeply grateful.

What change shall we drive this week? I’m sure there’s at least one to get after.  Why not try?

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Not Mandatory

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming

This is a useful quote to remember when you catch yourself thinking, “Surely they will see the need to change, if only for self-preservation.”  Nope.  We all have a choice and some people use theirs to avoid the changes that will save them.

As for me, I’m going to remember that survival is not mandatory and take actions to create the changes I want so I can live the life I desire.

How about you? Will you drive a new change this week too?

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Compete Against Yourself

When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you.  But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.” – Simon Sinek, Start With Why

Driving change is about competing against yourself and pulling in those partners who want to help you make your vision a reality.  That’s what makes it such a powerful method for creating change.

Most change requires many more people than we first assume to make the change happen.  Fashioning the change as challenge against yourself–and against how fast you think you can go–will bring others to your cause.  Why not try it?  You’ll be surprised how quickly you gain supporters.

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Today I Will Be Glad

From tomorrow on

I shall be sad

From tomorrow on —

not today.

Today I will be glad,

and every day

no matter how bitter it may be

I shall say

From tomorrow on I shall be sad

not today.

-a poem reportedly written by a young Jewish girl while in a concentration camp

We choose our outlook on life.

Let’s choose to be glad.

I will.

Will you join me?

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