You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Always keep shooting for your goals but preparation prior to taking the shot is important too. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, is a famous Wayne Gretzky quote.   While it is hard to argue with the logic that you cannot score a… Read More

Sing along with me “I was born in a small town”, we all know that John Cougar song.  I spent the last two weeks in my small town that I grew up in, Highland Indiana.  I walked down the streets with my trusted companion Spot and took in the small town air.  I saw my… Read More

I have a lot of discussions about ‘wanting to be a team leader’ or ‘wanting to be a project manager’ or simply wanting a pay rise. In nearly all cases the conversation comes round to that person’s contribution in their current role – How have they performed? What have they done that increases their chances?… Read More

Robots and automation seem to be making everyone obsolete.  Some of us will remember the Terminator movie with Arnold or the Matrix, which predicted such events.  Even recent thinkers, who are on the forefront of technology and brilliance like Hawkings, Musk and Gates, question the power and impact of artificial intelligence.   I sat with a… Read More

After reading ‘Shine’, ‘Drive’ and an assortment of other books recently, about commissions and motivation for my white paper, I have come to some interesting theories, some of them more general and some on the subject of motivation. My first observation is that in order to write a book, or have an opinion on employee… Read More

The ‘Internet Era’, or whatever this period will be named in future times, has resulted in a seismic shift in our working environment.  People can do and access almost anything from a system perspective, remotely (if we disregard the bane of my life, company security access considerations). We have conference calls, Skype, Facetime and a… Read More

You read this occasionally and hear it discussed in industry events, that commission in it’s current form, the carrot for performance is dead.  In the UK, you can’t even say the word commission without getting evil looks like you offended the Queen.  In the states, it’s subtler, but more studies come out from places like… Read More

We wake up every day going to work, meeting people, acting important.  Some of us manufacture drama to get us through the day.  Is it imperative that we find meaning in our jobs?  How do you find meaning in commissions, and being part of that team?  How can we make our job interesting, and does… Read More

“Improving the Bottom Line”, “Increasing Sales”, “Embracing Social Media” – I see countless articles on making the work place more productive, increasing turnover and general performance. I see few articles on making the most out of our best resources – our people. Even less is written about a subject close to my heart: harnessing the… Read More

Another case of events in my personal life making me think of useful lessons in my professional life. While helping my son do his homework, some editing needed to be done.  Not wordsmithing, but actual editing of video they had taken (budding actors everywhere this day).  Luckily one of the children that came to do… Read More