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At first, intentionally enduring adversity may seem a bit unconventional. Who in their right mind wants to experience unnecessary stress? If we look more closely, though, many parts of our society do this everyday, and we are often impressed by their achievements. Lets look at sports teams. They practice the fundamentals, game situations, and build [...]Continue Reading →
Internal battles with change are much like the bar fights of old westerns – everyone is disrupted, all kinds of things are broken, and many people are injured. The major difference is the visibility, or openness of the damage done. Its easy to see the physical damage done during the bar fight, so its easy [...]Continue Reading →
Through one month of this important first quarter we’ve already made significant headway on our key initiatives – our new software solution will be live this month, a key person is focused on creating standards of care to better support our teams, and we have a transition plan in place to create a third home [...]Continue Reading →
Last week we reviewed the value of experience, and how enduring adverse and diverse experiences become the bedrock for our leadership skills. Our scars are the price of entry into senior roles. After all, who wants to enter a war under the command of a general that is not battle tested?
How can we raise [...]Continue Reading →
People tend to cling to the identity that made them successful. The longer someone stays in a role, the better they may become at it. Over time, though, this experience can become the very element that stifles their progress. Eventually the challenges change and if one continues to base their strategy on past successes, they [...]Continue Reading →
Capabilities can be leveraged with the right leader. We need to look to utilize each persons capabilities, without the limits of our own. It takes a lot of trust to turn something over to someone. By defining what it is going to take for you to trust someone, they can actively work towards it, otherwise [...]Continue Reading →
One of my struggles during change management is overcoming the sabotage by people trying to avoid a loss of comfort. I recently went through a period where too many conversations about a person were happening without that person. This gossip is detrimental in most every way possible. Here is I told my team I was [...]Continue Reading →
“Words are just words until actions support them.”
- John Fairclough
So many promises and statements are made that just don’t sit right with us. They are the words we may have wanted to hear, but for some reason we don’t trust them. I’ve been told “I support your decision” and the like for years, [...]Continue Reading →
On January 9, 2013 By John Fairclough
“Strategic Decisions must have multiple perspectives present. In our haste to be efficient, we are tempted to speed a decision. Discerning well between what requires additional perspectives and what does not can open up new opportunities and lower your risk. So take your time and get it right.”
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Clients look for their vendor partners to be an extension of their team. In our zealousness to find ways to help, we run the risk of missing what is on the table to discuss versus what is currently acceptable. Here are thoughts on how to identify situations to question processes/methods of others.
When a process [...]Continue Reading →
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