Category: General

Step-by-Step: Writing a Vision Statement, Part 2

As we mentioned in our last blog post, Step-by-Step: Writing a Vision Statement, Part 1, when our consultant asked the team to reduce each of our personal vision statements down to just three words, dismay was written on every face

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Step-by-Step: Writing a Vision Statement, Part 1

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~ Joel A. Barker Like most start-ups, our company began with a Big Idea, a growing vision, a few

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The HOT Plan™: Looking for a Champion?

For any cause to succeed, it must have a champion. But what type of champion? Perhaps the first image that comes to mind is a champion athlete with a handful of gold medals and a room full of trophies. But

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The HOT Plan™: Cultivate a Culture of Leadership

As a CEO and entrepreneur, considering the idea of what it means to cultivate a company of leaders takes me outside of the province of the marketplace. The idea leads me first to consider my employees, and the particular gift that lies

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The HOT Plan™: Who sits at the hub of influence?

Now more than ever, the success of any organization lies in the hands of its teams. The key to a team’s success, however, is in the hands of their supervisor. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what

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The HOT Plan™: The Simple Art of Observation

It’s often said that great supervisors focus on the whole picture, not the little brush strokes. But one of the paradoxes of leadership is that for supervisors to focus on the whole picture, they must also be skillful in the

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The HOT Plan™: The Right Person for the Job

As we mentioned in our last blog, The HOT Plan views supervisors as coaches.  Three of Pitsco’s great coach/supervisors introduced in our previous post are Nancy, Tim, and Tom. Over the next several posts we asked these three to share what

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The HOT Plan™: Supervisors as Coaches

Every team needs a coach and work teams are no exception. In the HOT Plan, supervisors are the coaches of their teams. According to legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, teams who win like champions require more than talent. “The

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The HOT Plan™: The Gifts of Accountability, Part II

The four gifts of Positive Accountability cost little but offer a wealth of opportunity. The four gifts mentioned in part one of this series – the locus of responsibility; the matrix of support; the closure of a deadline; and the

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The HOT Plan™: The Gifts of Accountability, Part I

When there is work to be done, somebody has to be accountable for it, or nothing much gets accomplished. But in some organizations, nobody wants to be the one held accountable. And to be honest, who can blame them? But

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