Posted by: reachdev | October 9, 2009

Exhibiting Quiet Strength

It is a rare situation when we find a non-fiction book that we just can’t put down. I just finished (in 3 days) one such book. It is Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy. While I always admired Coach Dungy during his career in the NFL, reading his autobiography gave me a deeper appreciation for the man and his commitment to excellence. While many of us might feel that we work in a high pressure environment, it is nothing compared to that of a coach in the NFL. Not only is performed under the lights of national television, but thousands of people have made a career out of second guessing every decision you make from the draft until the final play of the season. Despite this pressure, Tony Dungy always maintained a calm and professional demeanor.

Not only was his attitude always upbeat, but he had a unique ability to focus his team on what it takes to win in the NFL and if we listen closely, how we can win in business. “I learned that it doesn’t matter how you win. You play to your team’s strength, whether it’s offense, defense, or special teams. I believe the best way to achieve success in each of these three areas is by attention to details and a commitment to the fundamentals – doing the ordinary things better than anyone else.” As we work to pull our organizations out of the recessional slump, we would do well to follow Coach Dungy’s advice and return to the fundamentals of doing good work, better than anyone else.

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Posted by: reachdev | February 6, 2009

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

peace-handA new president has been swept into the White House on a platform of change. Whether the change will be for the better or for the worse is yet to be seen, but change there will be. The U.S. economy is facing difficult times with a number of retailers declaring bankruptcy and companies that just last year were hiring are now laying people off by the thousands. Our home values are dropping and the savings of many has been cut almost in half. The times are indeed, a-changin’. The questions for us is, “Will we be overwhelmed by the changes we are about to face?”

 

We react to change in a variety of ways. Some are negative such as anger, denial, blaming, or withdrawal. More positive reactions would include assessment, looking for the benefits and analyzing the options. During times of change or upheaval it is our attitude above all things that allows us to successfully navigate the obstacles we face. While an upbeat outlook won’t make our troubles disappear, it will keep them from becoming magnified and blinding us to opportunities that might come our way. So we can guarantee that change will continue, whether our politicians promise it or not, but we must determine how we will react to it.

Posted by: reachdev | January 28, 2009

And So It Begins!

After months of procrastination I have finally started a blog. This puts me among the 200,000 other bloggers on WordPress alone. What then, do I have to say that will make this site any more unique than rest of the locations you could visit? Well, I’ve got a few years on me and experience can bring about some viable ideas. Also I have spent the past 20 years helping people to get better at the way they deal with each other. While not everybody I have met wants to improve themselves, almost everyone I know wants their lives to be better. The only question is, “Do they want to do the work?” But then that’s always the question.

I found the picture of the sleeping man to be an interesting vision of “Developing Thoughts”. While I’m far from being as young as this man, I did spend much of my college years in a similar pose. Well, I hope that the writings that appear here are informational and enjoyable. I welcome your comments and the opportunity to debate, but hope that we can remain civil – even in our anonymity.

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