Continuous Improvement

Ask beautiful questions

Solutions are nice. Questions are better. The quality of our questions shapes not only the answers available to us, but our entire life. Asking great questions will change a person’s trajectory.

If you want to get to the root of any tough situation, you’ll ask hard questions, the ones you’d rather avoid because you instinctively know […]

Marco Polo: close or far?

Podcasts and pool games. Do they have anything in common? I stumbled on one commonality when I listened to a recent episode of the Slate Political Gabfest, one of my favorite weeklies. David Plotz hosts with regulars John Dickerson and Emily Baselon. Every few months they stage a live audience conundrum show. December’s included participation […]

By |February 28th, 2018|Continuous Improvement, Creativity, Facilitation|0 Comments

Time to save your best for first

Our New Year’s resolutions and time management go hand in hand. It’s already mid-January. How’s your year going so far? I blogged a few years back about something I called the Readiness Project, which gives structure and momentum when change is in the offing. Let’s add a bit of nuance for impact.

What we know: Everyone […]

By |January 23rd, 2018|Continuous Improvement, Leadership|0 Comments

Practicing adaptive leadership

I picked up a copy of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky after hearing an enthusiastic review from the head of our local library. Skimming it, I recognized a gazillion truths from my work inside corporations and as a consultant to business, government and nonprofits. This week I decided to dive […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Continuous Improvement, Leadership|0 Comments

To reflect or not to reflect

Taking stock. Navel gazing. Marking milestones. Learning from experience.

For many, reflecting on the past feels like a waste. It’s irritating. Speed is imperative so after any accomplishment it’s on to the next goal. Others languish as they look back, tethered to what was while missing what could be. When it comes to reflecting on our […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Continuous Improvement, Leadership|0 Comments

Rapid Cycle

This post isn’t about cycling (though cycling lends itself beautifully to the technique outlined below).

This fall I co-led six Rapid Cycle Improvement teams in local public schools. The focus was on improving attendance for students who chronically miss school. The reasons kids don’t come to school are widely varied. Research suggests the solution lies in […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Continuous Improvement, Education|0 Comments