focus

How did you spend the first week of the new year?

01.11.2015

How did you spend the first week of the new year? If you were like many people, you spent it doing some pretty common things such as catching up on emails and going to some standing meetings, many of which probably began with people trying to remember why we have this particular standing meeting. It’s […]

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1 useful method for keeping strategic when you’re tactically focused

07.23.2013

This blog post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. You might be in an organization that is all about the tactical. It’s the “what’s next?”, action-oriented, go-go-go culture. There are certainly benefits to this environment. It avoids inaction and it gets things done; a good idea unimplemented isn’t much value. It is generally […]

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Prioritize to Finish, not to Start

07.11.2011

There’s a lot of focus on prioritization and rightly so. There are so many things I can get you distracted, not prioritizing can generate a great deal of waste. However, when individuals or organizations decide to prioritize, they often focus on the wrong factors. What everybody wants to prioritize our new projects or actions to […]

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If you’re not frustrated, then you’re not working on the right problem.

01.03.2011

In my coaching, many of my conversations begin with a source of frustration by the individual. The source of frustration could be rooted in another person, or a team problem, or in their own abilities. But nonetheless, the frustration is there. This is a good thing. The philosophy that I’ve embraced is… If you’re not […]

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Don’t problem solve to infinity

10.18.2010

Good problem statements define a gap to close. They do not just describe an undesirable condition that you would like to remove completely. Why does it matter? It comes down to when you consider yourself “done”, or at least done for now. David Allen of “Getting Things Done” fame talks about defining what done looks […]

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The Benefits of the Stand-up Desk

09.07.2010

I’ve been in and out of a stand-up desk as I’ve changed offices or moved, but I’ve been an advocate for a long-time. Many people I know use one, including my former mentor when I was at MIT my financial manager Kevin Meyer of Superfactory, who’s be a very strong advocate I’ve been through several […]

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First Steps Video: Stay Out of Your Inbox

08.30.2010

Each Monday we are releasing small ideas that require only 15 minutes of effort to try, but they can still serve as your first steps on the lean journey. The First Steps Video Series is meant to make it easier to begin the journey – get some improvement, and some learning, and then take another […]

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Focus on your core work

08.27.2010

So many things can distract us from what the core of our work is all about. Email is often a distraction, but there are so many more – Facebook and Twitter, consuming news whether on the internet or TV, politics inside your industry or company, promotion and self-promotion, and the list goes on. Too often, […]

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Small-i ROI as Applied to Strategy

08.20.2010

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are all in search of a big return on their investment. How best to maximize my ROI? Many investing are looking for the big-R, the giant market. Where is there billions of dollars of opportunity? Surely, with billions on the table, we can grab a slice of it. There are […]

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Take Customer Feedback Seriously

02.26.2010

Plenty of companies say the focus on the customer. Many of them say they want customer feedback.   But few post unfiltered, real-time customer feedback on the front-page of their website where everyone can see it, whether good or bad. CustomInk.com can say that. Here’s just the latest feedback as an example. Of course, you see […]

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