Band Gig / Wonderful Art Show

This weekend my band, Exit Strategy, is performing at a local fine art show. The art show is Barefoot In The Park in downtown Duluth, GA on April 19 – 20. Great event with a huge focus on children with many free art activities for the kiddies. My band plays on Sunday April 20 from 4:30 – 5:15.… Read More »

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Commanders Intent

Organizations that excel in today’s competitive environment are those that quickly respond to market change. Do those organizations figure everything out up front? Do they create a detailed plan from start to finish and stick to the plan at all costs? Do they ignore unexpected situations or changes that come up during project execution? Recently I started a… Read More »

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Just Know – How Might We Collaborate

Over the weekend, my wife and I had a conversation in which we didn’t need to complete our sentences or thoughts as we moved the conversation forward. We have built such a strong relationship that we just know. Does this represent a perfect state of collaboration? (I need to stop and credit my friend Mike Cottmeyer in raising… Read More »

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Midtown HDR Image

Midtown Atlanta HDR image I took in November 2007 (via Rick Austin)

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Spreading the Virus

I’m reading Lean Product and Process Development which is by Allen C. Ward and was posthumously published by a number of his colleagues. It is a thought provoking read and contains this quote: “Unless you keep spreading the virus, the immune system of the organization will reject it”— Jim Luckman This got me thinking about how difficult it… Read More »

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Learning, Growing, Improving

Learning, growing, and improving – this is part of our job responsibilities. It is at the heart of capability improvements since we are learning, growing, and improving the organization. If this is the approach taken to improve our organization then can’t we apply this same approach to our personal development? As professionals we have to make a commitment… Read More »

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Upgrading the “Machinery”

Capability development does not just “happen”. It takes time and a commitment to effect the type of changes required to improve capabilities. When an organization is running at break neck speeds it becomes difficult to take the time needed to identify improvement areas. It is especially difficult to invest the time required to make and integrate changes within… Read More »

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Snake Oil

It has been said that process improvement is a journey and not a destination. Often, organizations become caught up in the process of the day and are convinced it will become that illusive silver bullet. Organizations that become focused on the process can loose site of the customer. Process improvement is about looking inward to determine what works… Read More »

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Gene Pool Cleansing

I almost fell out of my car on my way to band practice tonight. While stopped at a light during rush hour at a major Atlanta intersection I saw a grown man turning onto North Druid Hills Rd. from the I-85 off-ramp on a pocket bike. This guy had to have a death wish. He was at the… Read More »

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