Entries by chuckblakeman

A Stunning 92% of Companies Want to Reorganize This Year. Here’s Why You Need to Be One of Them.

92% of companies recognize it is time to do something about the dusty old Factory System hierarchy we’re still clinging to. Some amazingly successful companies have already left it behind. In a 2016 paper predicting the focus of company leaders this year, Deloitte University Press shares this eye-opening conclusion, “After three years of struggling to drive employee […]

Pivotal Labs Finds Success With Self-Managed Teams

Pivotal Labs doesn’t talk about not having managers or use the term “self-management”. They just do things this way because it works so much better. For Pivotal Labs, the only reason to have a process is to get a result. Productivity is the mantra, and it’s all based on three simple, core values: “Do what […]

How To Get Off The Treadmill and Never Have a Bucket List

There is a good explanation for why we get stuck trying to simply make money and rarely get around to building a life that matters. We are constantly fighting to balance two opposing daily realities: The Tyranny of the Urgent vs. The Priority of the Important. Two Opposing Realities Almost universally we let the Tyranny […]

Successful People Are Peacemakers, Not Peacekeepers

If it weren’t for people, my business would be perfect. Business is sometimes simple; dealing with people is hard. Peacemaking fixes that. Peacekeeping makes it worse. At any given time, one-third of us are bugged about something someone is doing at work, and Accenture says a stunning 35% of people who quit do so to […]

The Degeneration of the Handshake, and Why It Matters to You

Is the handshake devolving? Is there a business opportunity here for those paying attention? Just maybe — on both accounts. The handshake originated as a sign of mistrust. The modern handshake is said to be traceable to medieval knights who physically shook the hand up and down to shake loose any weapons. But in the […]