Archive for December, 2011

I was recently reading a blog article titled “Stop with the “vision” stuff.”  While the article itself was thought provoking, it was the comment string that I found fascinating.  There were so many examples of disconnects between Strategy and Execution.  The value of Strategy setting, Mission statements, Visioning, and business concepts such as Manage by Objectives (MBO) has been lost in so many ways.

Any tool or approach can be good or bad, it’s all about how it is executed.  In one of the comments the individual was heavily bashing MBO.  MBO is not a bad concept –  it’s a very valid one.  The problem (as can be observed by the story shared by binab&madbadbearbox in the comment thread) is that the Objectives are not always consistent.  Add to that, Individual Objectives are not necessarily the same as Business Objectives.  The story binab&madbadbearbox shared was an example of the individual in sales driving towards their own personal Objectives, which were not necessarily aligned with the Business Objectives.

You need to know where you are going, what you want to accomplish, how you plan on getting there (yes, having that plan AND adapting it), and then knowing how to measure yourself against that plan.  Too often Mission, Vision, and Strategy statements are that, statements.  They are created and then set aside.  They cease to have any meaning or value.  They can have value and should have value.  They need to be integrated into the business, used as guideposts.

 I net it down to a few simple, yet important concepts:

  • Where are you going? – this is your Vision
  • What you want to accomplish/Who you want to be – this is your Mission
  • How do you plan to get there (high level) – this is your Strategy
  • Actions you will take to get there – these are your Tactics

In setting up Synergetic Solutions, I also spent time creating Guiding Principles.  These are concepts of regarding how I and my business operate.  While the list may not be that long, I spent a considerable amount of time really thinking about these and what they meant for both myself and the business.  The value isn’t simply that they exist, but what they mean and how they affect business decision-making on an on-going basis.

I make decisions on a regular basis based on alignment to principles, strategy, and vision.  They are all living, breathing concepts, not something written once and ignored.

It’s both Strategy + Execution. Knowing where you want to go, what it will take, and taking actions to get there.


My Wishes for You and Yours

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May you "ring in the season" all year long.

At the end of 2009 I wrote a post about My Wishes .  I was thinking about it today and my curiosity drove me to find that blog post

What was fascinating to me is that the song I referenced in the blog, “If Every Day Could be Christmas” is still just as impactful to me, but no longer just to me, to my daughters too.  When playing holiday music earlier this week one of my daughters commented on how much she liked that song. 

I was also struck by the fact that I still don’t like the concept of New Years Resolutions.  They often seem to focus on things that we need to “fix.”  I’d rather focus on improving or enhancing, maybe just simply accepting.  Why can’t we already be “good enough!”

Last but certainly not least, I still sincerely mean every single one of my wishes.  So here it is again, My Wishes now My Wishes for You and Yours.

May you find…

  • Moments of Joy during times of Sorrow.
  • The strength of Patience in the midst of a Crisis.
  • A sense of Peace in the midst of Chaos.

May you see…

  • The spark of life in every living thing.
  • A silver lining in every stormy cloud.
  • A reason to be happy and laugh each and every day.

May you feel…

  • A sense of purpose in your life.
  • Compassion for those less fortunate than you.
  • Love for yourself and from others.

It is my hope and wish for each and every one of you that you find reasons to live joyfully, have many people to love, and share many moments of laughter with others.

My wish and hope is that in 2012 you will come celebrate life with me.

  • Make wishes not resolutions.
  • Live, love, and laugh out loud.  ALOT!

If you can’t some days that’s ok too!  Just remember that each day is a new day – you can always start over. 

When you need to, get back in bed and get out of the other side.  Not just metaphorically, but physically.  See if it doesn’t help you change your outlook for the day.  You might just start with a laugh.  If it’s with me or at me and my ideas, that’s ok.

Laughter, whatever the trigger, will help recalibrate your day.  Smiles, Laughter, and Joy are contagious.

It’s my wish that you both find some for yourself and to share it with others (me included).  May you find a way for Every Day to be Christmas and for My Wishes to come true.

My best to ALL of you.  May you find peace, joy, love and happiness now and forevermore.

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Change can happen faster than we think when you connect an inspiring message with a strong medium and engage the heart.

By minute six of this ten minute TEDXSF video I had tears running down my face.  Both my mind and heart were engaged and I made some decisions about things to do differently both today and in the future.

This video captures the heart and imagination through the words of a child, time lapse photography (by Louie Schwartzberg), and very powerful words spoken by Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast.

May you find 10 minutes in your busy schedule today to watch this video.  May it help you find inspiration, gain a new view of the world, and a sense of gratitude for all we have.

Click here to watch it.

My change?  To view the world a bit differently today.  To seek ways to continue to capture the sense of thoughtfulness and wonder I feel for the world round me.  My on-going action, to revisit this video when I feel the need for a bit of inspiration and help to “stop and smell the roses.”

Guiding Principles

- Think Holistically
- Seek the Root Causes
- Respect the Individual
- Demonstrate Accountability
- Collaborate with Clients
- Work with Integrity, Always
- Relate to the Business Strategy
- Ensure Alignment
- Demonstrate Responsibility
- Transfer Skills

Thoughts and Quotes