Tag: teams

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™: 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™: Targeting Success

It happened again just the other day. “So, what do you do at Pitsco?” a new acquaintance asked me at a networking event. He was just making small talk, but there I was again, facing my eternal conundrum. These types

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The HOT Plan™ : Beyond quality control: Positive Accountability

I like to see the good in people. It’s my belief that most people truly want to do a good job. Maybe some people are motivated to do a good job because they see their work as a reflection of

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The HOT Plan™: Targeting Above-and-Beyond Productivity.

Above and Beyond. What does it really mean?  What does it mean to your business? To some, it means to exceed what a particular job requires, to reach new heights in productivity. To others, it means to innovate, to pioneer

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The HOT Plan™: The Scope of HOT Targets.

It takes four kinds of HOTs to keep things moving toward success. When we started the HOT Plan program, we revised our existing goals with the precision of targets and set out on our great new adventure. It quickly became

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The HOT Plan™: Elephant, anyone?

General Creighton Abrams began his distinguished military career in World War II, continued as a General and commander in Vietnam, and eventually became Chief of Staff for the United States Army.  Abrams’ exceptional ability was recognized early by General George S. Patton.

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The Hot Plan™: The secret sauce in your Ethos

Ethos. Now that’s an intriguing word. Ethos is defined as the spirit of a culture; the underlying values that inform the beliefs and practices of a group; the dominant assumptions that motivate their aspirations and guide their plans. If your company desires

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The HOT Plan™: Targeting Success

It happened again just the other day. “So, what do you do at Pitsco?” a new acquaintance asked me at a networking event. He was just making small talk, but there I was again, facing my eternal conundrum. These types

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The HOT Plan™: Team meetings and the school cafeteria

Everyone loves to hate meetings. Like school cafeteria food, meetings often serve up bland fare that deserves all the complaints that follow. But teams can’t work without meetings. Meetings are, in fact, a major key to team success. This is

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