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Change management in the workplace

To quote W.Edward Deming: It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. Change is never easy and it is not new. I recently watched a youth baseball game where the coach instituted an infield shift.  For those new to baseball, a shift is when you take players from their normal fielding positions and [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Employee Coaching – Missed Opportunity

I recently stopped at an office supply store as I was in need of business supplies. While I was in the store I received a phone call; as a result I was in the store for over 20 minutes.  During my call I noticed an interaction between a supervisor/manager in a tan shirt and an [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrating Teamwork

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson A freshman wrestler, wrestling in his first high school match just pinned his opponent. His team rejoiced not only in his individual accomplishment, they also are celebrating the TEAM's win. Look at them...they are ALL IN. The [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is your why, their why?

Is your why, their why? Why does your why never become their why? "Not worth it- at all" Cons  policies change biweekly without warning •you're told as a store manager to consider your store "your business" to run, but you are micromanaged at every level •no say when it comes to staffing or training. Was [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Culture is what you do, not what you say

Love him or Hate him. You have to respect what Nick Saban did moments after the historic loss 35-31 to Clemson. He watched his team give up 28 second half points. He had to stand on the side lines, knowing he had lost,  as the officials reviewed the on-sides kick and watch Clemson return to [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teamwork with heart

The Heart of a Team. Danny and his teammates never give up. On November 4, fourteen months after 17 year old Danny Deitz received a heart transplant, he caught a touchdown pass for Simsbury High School. After a 0-4 start to the season, that game brought the team to 4-4. However, what’s truly remarkable is [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Character matters

John Wooden said - “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “The true test of a person's character is what they do when no one is watching.” FSU Football player Travis Rudolph was visiting Monford [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

Tommy Tanski played Little League from 1999-2005, and during that time played for two district All Star Teams. He also played for the Simsbury Strikers soccer team. Tommy was a tremendous person and teammate. He understood at an early age that his contribution was more about the team than about himself. He died in a [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Listening Skills

Stephen Covey said it best. "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply." How do you listen to your team? Your children? Your spouse? Are you listening to understand - or are you think about your answer? The typical human can talk 225 words a minute. [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What does this say about this team?

First thoughts? Winning the game? Look at your office? Your desk? Meeting rooms - before you get there and after you leave? I played for a coach who was fanatical about the dugout. He coached us to respect not only the game and our opponents but also any field we got to play on. He [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Business, Uncategorized|0 Comments