I have never really thought that I was a blogger.  This blog was simply a place I could share ideas and possibly attract clients.

But I believe that I need to create a plan on what my message should be. Define better who I am speaking to, and give them more value in the content I create.

I found this excellent resource to help me get organized. I like it since it is based on sound marketing principles.


Building a top performing organization

What does it take to have your business perform at its best!

We can look at any organization and see that it is a mixture of both systems and people.  Therefore to improve the business we need to either create better systems, or have better people.

Improving the systems can help the organization improve.  Often many systems improvements are easy to fix, and allow quick improvements to overall performance.  Other times tinkering with the systems can have detrimental effects. Or they can be costly in some organizations.

Having better people is the other half of improving business performance.  This is often the harder side, due to emotions, personality conflicts and the fluctuations in behaviour of the typical human.

Leadership training is the best way to input people improvements in your business to build a top performing organization.

Leadership has a direct relationship with overall performance in the organization.  Unfortunately the managers or leaders in an organization do not always have the courage or forethought to look in the mirror.  They look outward and see the problems in their people.  But many visible people problems are simply a reflection back of the leadership exhibited at the top of the organization.

Leaders need an outside person to examine the operation and look very hard at the behaviours of both the people and the leaders.  They need that unbiased feedback to really see where their leadership strengths and weaknesses are, and how they can improve them.

Leaders should also take every opportunity to get high level leadership training. Too often leaders and senior management send their people to various leadership courses, but never go themselves.  In many cases, the people in the organization can actually grow beyond the leadership culture of the business.  This is seen in the symptom of top performing people often leaving that organization to work elsewhere.

Build your leadership, starting at the top, and you will truly build a top performing organization.

Alberta safe driving Law

Alberta’s safe driving law comes into play today, so no longer will you see people dialling cell phones, eating Big Mac’s or putting on their make-up (sorry ladies).

Saskatchewan has had this law for quite some time, and since I travel there way too often, I had purchased a Bluetooth headset some time ago.

Purchase . .and use are too very different behaviours.

I tried it out, and it was ok. But then came the reality that this extra device must now be with me in the vehicle. And it must be charged.  And it must be on my ear in time to answer a phone call.  Hmmm – a lot of requirements for a simple man like me.

I did use it sporadically, but more often than not it was not charged, or I simply forgot to grab it.

Then about two months ago, I was planning on ‘getting used to it’ more for regular use as I knew I would need not only when driving to Saskatchewan, but also on a regular basis here in Alberta.  The problem was that I could not find the charging cord.  I spent time going through the millions of cords I have acquired from old cell phones, cameras, and other devices.

No luck – nothing would fit.

So I put my ‘phased in’ use idea on the back-burner until the cord showed up.

On Tuesday I did another look through my desk, my laptop bag, my miscellaneous cords, my vehicles – still nothing.

Now it was getting close to the time I needed this.

I had to grab some school supplies that day at Staples, so I walked through the tech area to look at headsets.  Almost bought a new one – but thought ‘No – the cord has to be somewhere.’

So last night – just before my youngest son went to bed – he came out and said ‘I was packing up school stuff and this old cell phone cord of mine I do not need – here you go.’

And there it was – the night before I needed it – the cord to my blue-tooth headset.

Now if I can only remember to plug it in and charge it on a regular basis.