Lessons Learned

To know thyself…

By |2023-04-26T14:09:01-04:00April 26th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Like many of you in my networks, I often suffer from a lack of belief in myself. I get awkward AF when I receive a compliment and have difficulty receiving praise for my efforts. And I know why.   It’s because, at my core (in my soul), I still believe in the Quiet Professional ethos drilled

Understanding your Operational Environment

By |2023-02-21T12:34:17-05:00February 21st, 2023|Lessons Learned|

An overlooked aspect of achieving success is being situationally aware and grasping your operational environment. If you'll forgive my being blunt, too many of you greatly overcomplicate the simple and set yourself up for failure. Over the past two weeks, I've had conversations with executives across more than ten industries.   A common complaint is their

10 Things Getting In The Way Of Your Success

By |2023-01-04T14:58:35-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

The list below isn't comprehensive, but it should make you think. 1: Debt Consumer debt will prohibit you from taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. You will be stuck in a job you hate because you rely on a paycheck to pay your car loan, student loan, credit card, or more. 2: Fear of failure

Pessimism and Sarcasm Aren’t Wisdom

By |2023-01-04T14:51:55-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

The words hit me like a punch straight to the gut when Dr. John Deloney said them during his address at the Dave Ramsey Influencer Event, which I was privileged to be attending. "Pessimism and sarcasm aren't wisdom." Five simple words, and yet, when you take a deeper look at them, they are far from simple.

But We’ve Always Done It This Way

By |2023-01-04T14:50:52-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

One phrase I too often hear from clients almost makes me lose my mind, "But we've always done it this way!"  It's often said in a whiny or pleading voice as if I don't somehow understand the importance of their history. As we approach the holidays (and hopefully some downtime for all you overtasked executives

Winning in projects.

By |2023-01-04T14:49:54-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Winning project management protects your resources: time, money, equipment, and PEOPLE. There are undoubtedly theoretical aspects to project management; they are, in fact, often unavoidable. However, too many project management trainers and training focus almost exclusively on forced memorization techniques for ridiculous theories.   We then wonder why, after learning and being certified in these theories, project

Don’t be late, light, or last.

By |2023-01-04T14:42:26-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

It may be due to my military background, or it may be because of my dad and the lessons of politeness he drilled in me. I don't know why, but I can tell you this: I hate being late.  Late. What a horrible word. Do you realize each day consists of only 1,440 minutes? Though

A Not-So-New Approach To Team Development

By |2023-01-04T14:41:24-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

There are few things more essential to success than your team’s abilities. Too many of us obsess over it. We pay coaches to guide us through unconventional approaches and spend tens of thousands of dollars screening for the “right” candidate to bring into the team. And I’m not arguing against that, but I’d like to offer

Time: Protect it or Regret It

By |2023-01-04T14:39:44-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

We all get the same 1,440 minutes each day. No exceptions. In that aspect, we're all exactly the same. Zero differences. The real difference is in how we get to spend these precious minutes. Specific amounts are beyond our immediate control: where we work, how we get to and from, and what we do while there.  Forced Meetings,

The After Action Review (AAR) 

By |2023-01-04T14:37:45-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Capturing lessons learned in real-time is vital to the success of your efforts.  Far too many of us rely on broken systems to capture lessons as they occur.  Due to the fast-paced corporate environments in which we live, we rarely have the time to go back and incorporate fixes to the problems we identified. Here

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