Welcome and I invite you to embark on a learning journey with me!
A little on my journey so far:
Throughout my career, I have served by helping leaders, teams, and organizations to continuously improve their performance and effectiveness.
I have internally coached for over 10 years helping both leaders and professionals to take their effectiveness to higher levels.
I view my role to be the coach and consultant that will pose those key questions that will enable people and organizations to find those new answers that will create the future they are seeking.
In helping with these explorations, I bring 30+ years of large organizational experience in applying timeless principles of leadership and performance improvement to our future world.
For example, how do build the strong relationships that have always been a success factor even when we live in a “Twitter” world?
Most recently, I have been exploring how to enable successful “discontinuous” improvement. Those times when we must make the leap from the land-line phone to the smartphone. To be successful in this new world, we need to adopt new perspectives and frameworks for thinking.
My intent with this blog:
My goal in this blog is to help Business Leaders, Owners, and Professionals to develop Clarity, Insight, and Action in their organizational and personal lives.
Another way to phrase my current interest is in how people might, most effectively, learn, lead, and adapt to the future world of work.
Why focus on Questions?
I am interested in exploring questions and frameworks with you. My answers can never be a perfect fit for anyone else. Each of us will create the “answer” that is unique to us.
A couple of quotes capture my thinking on this:
“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.”
– Leo Babauta
“I’m a tennis coach, and I also coach musicians. By what I ask, they get better.”
– Tim Gallwey
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
I will typically post new ideas once or twice a week.
My formal education was as an Industrial Engineer, but, also by nature, I have always been fascinated by how people come together with systems to create things, get things done, and get them done better. Along with that, I have a passion for both understanding how and helping people to learn, lead, and perform.
I have spent my career with my current employer, John Deere, although I have had the good fortune to have worked in multiple locations and in multiple functional roles.
Much of my experience has been in helping manufacturing teams to improve their effectiveness and performance. In support of that, I have helped leaders and teams to implement lean manufacturing principles, develop first line leadership skills, and create effective teams.
During the last 10 years, I have been actively engaged as an internal performance coach for leaders and professionals. It has been very rewarding for me to help others and also develop better helping and coaching skills.
Along with my formal assignments during my career, I have worked on enterprise teams to develop knowledge management programs and projects to deal with retention and transfer of critical knowledge. In support of those activities, I helped introduce the principles and concepts for communities of Practice.
Finally, I contributed to the development and delivery of a series of virtual classes on increasing workflow effectiveness for individuals. We researched a wide range of perspectives, tools, and strategies on how to be an effective and efficient leader and professional.
Some personal info:
I have been in love with and married almost 30 wonderful years to my wife, Mary Lee. We have three wonderful grown children, two of whom are married, with one tremendous grandchild.
I love to read, travel, and spend time with our extended family. My passion is reading and learning, but my children tease me about my hundreds of “business” books and articles.
An interesting side note:
I took the “Strengths Finder” assessment when it first came out and then took it again several years later. My top 5 strengths stayed the same. They are:
In the later groupings of strengths, that group of strengths left me solidly in the quadrant of strategic planning. That left me to consider that rather than being involved in process execution, I probably should be focusing on creating process innovation with people!
This blog represents my personal thoughts and opinions as an individual and does not represent, in any way, those of my employers: past, present, or future.