Category Archives: Seasonal

Strategic Foresight: Future of a Turkey

turkey1Your Thanksgiving Day turkey takes a journey to get to your table! Many people along the way have already planned and implemented with the future in mind to make the turkey available for purchase—and then—cooks at home use strategic foresight for the advance organizing of the festive turkey meal! Consider the four day weekend associated with Thanksgiving: travel to and from a destination, the special meal, the football games, the activities on the day after Thanksgiving, and the weekend that follows. Many households plan the Thanksgiving meal weeks ahead. Agendas for visiting family and friends are carefully arranged, sometimes down to the hour. Shopping and activities entail schedules. To top it off, travel for the Sunday after Thanksgiving is declared heaviest of the year by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, with 13.7 million long-distance trips.

In the midst of most Thanksgiving plans one will find a special bird—the turkey. If one applies strategic foresight and end-visioning to the preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, it’s sure to be a success. Furthermore, one can use this process of planning for any other aspect of the Thanksgiving festivities. Take advantage of this enthusiastic holiday planning approach to catalyze your everyday work, life and leadership, too! Here’s how…

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Small Business and the Military Share This

What the Military and Small Business Have in Common

Veterans Memorial Park, South Holland, IL

Leadership is not about results. It is about commitment. The entire management literature fails to understand this. Leadership authors do not understand that leadership means “Go forth to die.” If they did understand it, they would not be enticed to write about it – because people do not want to hear this message. Most people want to be told how to get extraordinary results with minimum risk. They want to know how to get out-of-the-box results with in-the-box courage.
– Robert Quinn, Change the World: How Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Results

On this Memorial Day, those of us in the USA remember the members of our military who died in service to our country. A Gallup survey reports that 76% of the population expresses a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the U.S. military. According to this survey, the military is the most trusted institution in our society.

This outstanding level of trust may be because our military does not only talk about leadership – they live it. Leadership is about commitment. The members of our military are prepared and willing to lay down their lives to protect me, my family, my neighbors – and millions of fellow citizens who they don’t know personally. That’s commitment. That’s leadership. What do the military and small business share in common? Trust.

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Focus: One Word for 2014

Focus: One Word

It’s time to create New Year’s resolutions. However, resolutions often don’t last long. I find that the more complex my resolutions or goals are for the New Year, the less likely I am to see them through to the end. Last year, I discovered a key that radically reduces complexity in New Year’s resolutions or goals. Here is the key: One Word. That’s it. Simply determine and focus on your One Word for 2014. Here’s how.

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