Felling Trees, One Forest At A Time

Do you ever feel like you are cutting down a forest of trees by walking up, taking a swing, walking to the next tree, taking a swing, and repeating as necessary? It will take a long time before you get the satisfaction of felling that first tree. Everyone I speak to these days, including myself, seems to have… Read More »

Rick Austin

If I Just Had…

Have you ever let the absence of something block your passion? I think back to situations when I had little in material resources but was able to accomplish so much. My passion was greater than my need for “things”. It is troubling that as we begin to have more resources and capabilities such as money, people or tools,… Read More »

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Do More Of The Right With Less

It is a tired old phrase. It creates great frustration. It strikes terror in our hearts. It is the phrase “we must do more with less”. It is increasingly heard in tough economic times. Is this a phrase you have heard in the past few months? Lean times often finds that our ranks have been thinned but, the… Read More »

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Killing Me Softly With My Job

Are you slowly killing yourself at work? I don’t mean working an abundance of hours to the point of exhaustion. I do mean working in an environment where you are depressed, stressed about work, worried about the economy, worried about your continued employment, and a multitude of other workplace stresses that impacts your emotional well-being. These stresses are… Read More »

Rick Austin

A Christmas Story

This will not be a normal Capability Development post. It concerns an event that recently took place that I would like to share. I live on Lake Norman in Duluth, Georgia which has a typical migrating population of Canadian geese. In late spring of this year, we saw that a goose had become entangled in a nylon “wire”… Read More »

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Moving The Small Rocks

Part of my job involves helping teams identify potential improvements in the way they do work. A lot of focus revolves around eliminating waste, implementing more productive practices, and increasing collaboration in an effort to increase stakeholder value. This, in turn, causes changes in the way work is accomplished. Change is difficult for most organizations. Recognizing this we… Read More »

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Are You A Union Shop?

Do you find yourself in an organization that is functionally aligned? Where each “function” has a specific role? Where your ability to be the best you can be at your function is valued higher than ensuring project success? Welcome to a union shop. My definition of a union shop is one in which each employee has a well… Read More »

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Shoot For The Moon

When President Kennedy committed the US to putting men on the moon by the end of the decade, the 60’s, do you think anyone really know how that goal would be accomplished? Did they understand all of the challenges they might face? Did they wonder how they would get from here (Earth) to there (the Moon)? Did they… Read More »

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Where Have All The Children Gone

I was in a class recently where it was stated that by the age of 40 we only have 5% of the creativity we did when we were kids. I heard myself say “that really sucks”. Everyone else heard it as well since I let it escape from my, obviously, uncreative noggin. Do we accept this fate? Children… Read More »

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Power to the People

How do you drive change in your organization? Your organization is continually looking for needed changes, right? How do you decide what to change? Our world is very different than that which existed at the end of the industrial revolution. Workers in the industrial revolution had tasks to do, they were just one more cog in a larger… Read More »

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