11 Commandments for Teamwork
You can not fail at improving!
Share your Story - Have there been times in your continuous improvement journey where you thought to yourself, "maybe it's better to just stop." What did you do to remind yourself that there is no failure on the path of improvement? What did you do to learn?
Teaching by asking.
**Discussion - What other methods of teaching have you used to help influence those around you in a positive way?
Often times on our path through improvement or chasing greatness, one might feel frustrated, downtrodden or even just plain beaten. Mr. Jordan one of the greatest basketball players to ever live offers this sound advice; "I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era." Deep insight for us to reflect on.
"How about you? What are your thoughts on greatness? How is greatness achieved?"
Small things brought together.
Every "little" change we make guides us towards the greater changes we notice over time, remember no change, large or small, if it is focused on improvement will steer you in the wrong direction.
A morning walk
"A morning walk can brighten a day, cause some to smile and invigorate the mind, body and soul. A morning waste walk can do all of that and improve a little bit each day."
- Lean Strategies International LLC. -
Where do standards come from?
"Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves." -Taiichi Ohno -
*Discussion Opportunities (comment below please):
Keeping our objectives insight helps us align our actions with our goals. In a recent forbes blog post author Molly Cain gives this advice on reaching your goals: "Break it up. Many people abandon goals because they’re just too dang big. If you’ve done this to yourself, stop now. Change your game plan."
Sometimes large goals can be more than our eyes can see, by breaking our goals up into milestones or even inchstones we can often find that the goal is much more manageable. So, What one thing can you do today that might get you a little closer to your goal?
The leader's vision...
"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
- Jack Welch -
Opportunities All Around
Doing the impossible
"Start by doing what's necessary, Then do what's possible; And suddenly you are doing the IMPOSSIBLE."
-Francis of Assisi-
Better than Yesterday.
The sun will still rise
“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip -
The Best We Know How
"One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment...; If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt-
The Danger of Reaching our Goal!
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
Reap what you sow.
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
Defining a problem
Playing for the team.
"Play for the name on the front of the jersey and they will remember the name on the back."
Be the example.
A wonderful reminder from Mr. Gandhi that modeling the actions and behaviors we would like to see in the world is a powerful way to create change.
What are your thoughts, how can you be an influential instrument for change in the world today?
The definition of success
"Success is not defined by how many times you don't fail, rather it is defined by the times you never quit."
-Lean Strategies International LLC.-
What is your Vision?
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
- Lawrence J. Peter-
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
-Albert Einstein -