Wednesday, January 8, 2020

It is that time of year to review the goals and do performance reviews

I can't help it. I am critical. First of myself and second of everyone else.

Guess I am just wired that way? I am trying to do better and put on the rose glasses. I suppose that is my new years resolution.

More than not when I am writing reviews I am really thinking when I write something critical that it is a direct result of my poor coaching or focus. (Almost always) There is no one on my team that doesn't want to do the best so if the goal is not hit it is most likely due to my poor setting of the goal, bad coaching or just lack of focus

No doubt I get better each and every year at this but for now, more improvement is needed (On ME)

Monday, January 6, 2020

Whats next?

You should always have what's next in your mind - or so I thought!

At some level I spent 17 years working towards a painting that each day I filled in just a little bit of color. Every once in a while a bird accidently showed up (This is a reference from Bob Ross when he made a mistake on his paintings) Yet steadily each day there was work to move the needle.

Then one day, and all of a sudden, that painting was complete. If you have followed me for a while you know that I believe it takes 3 years to be good at something (That is simply that you have seen almost everything that will come day to day)

So what is next? Honestly I never thought the first painting would be done.

Ask that question of me right now and I believe it is time for me to work on others paintings. Not to paint them but hand them the colors and cheer them on.

Sunday, January 5, 2020


Over my career the number of people that said "I appreciate your hard work" or "Job well done" is extremely rare.

Now that could be because I didn't do good work! I will also so that I would avoid this feedback. My reaction is yea, yea, what's next!

One thing I have found more recently is how much it does make a difference in appreciating people and especially when they don't think you are watching.

I know I need to do a way better job simply picking up the phone or in person and saying "Great Job" or if nothing else how much you are appreciated.