• The Process

    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Peter Drucker made that statement many years ago. And it is true. You can have a great STRATEGY, but if the culture is not considered, the STRATEGY may be impotent. So, a part of the STRATEGY, or perhaps an initial STRATEGY, may be to simply change the culture (or the effects of it). (This SYSTEM approach can work for an initial STRATEGY to be executed in order to then prepare a new SYSTEM for the longer-term.) While Drucker’s quote is meant for organizations, it is true for the individual as well. We have probably all heard someone say, “I can’t stand this any longer. I…

  • Avoiding Limitations

    We all face limitations. Some are self-imposed. Others are not. Some limitations are mental, some emotional, some physical. Regardless we all face limitations. What we do not want to do is limit our ability to maximize our lives. Of course, we do this in a variety of ways. For instance, we waste a lot of time on unimportant matters and miss opportunities on things of significance. I am guilty too. But in a series on developing a SYSTEM that is designed to help us make decisions to achieve our ultimate goals (whether the period of time is short, or over a lifetime), we should not start with an approach which…

  • More than Words

    Are you a talker or a walker? Ok, so that isn’t quite the lingo. You have likely heard it said, “S/he can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk.” So, are you a talker or a walker? To this point in this blog series, we have created a VISION statement and a MISSION statement. But if you are going to live out your MISSION, you need a STRATEGY. The STRATEGY is the difference between talking and walking. The MISSION is the WHAT, and the STRATEGY is the HOW. (Check last week’s post here for more information.) As I mentioned last week, my STRATEGY is based upon an acrostic.…

  • The Game Plan

    How will you do what you will do? That sentence needs context, but if you have been tracking with this blog over the past several weeks, then the question above should make sense. Last week, the question was about knowing what you WILL do. The answer to that question can only be answered when you know what your ultimate goal is and what you need to do to accomplish it. Once that information has been considered, then you must consider what you will do in order to complete the goal. But once you know what you will do, then the question is “How will I get that done?” In other…