• Have You Ever Done A Premortem?

    September 5, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Have you even heard of a premortem? Many of you may not have heard of a premortem but you have more than likely heard of a postmortem. Perhaps you have heard of a postmortem in relation to a medical setting where health professionals are helping family members or someone else learn what caused a patient’s ... Read more
  • Goals, Results and Some Reasons for the Gap Between the Two

    August 23, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Why is it sometimes so difficult to define goals and get results? There are many reasons and here are ten to start with: 1. We don’t clearly define the goal. We are not specific enough or don’t use words that we understand that will help us move toward success and we don’t clearly define what success is. 2. We ... Read more
  • Define Your Why, What and Where

    August 17, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Every organization needs to answer their why, what and where. In most cases organizations are started by a founder or founding group that wants to solve a problem, improve circumstances, improve offerings in a product or service category, introduce something totally new and valuable to the marketplace, improve lives, in other words introduce something or ... Read more
  • Leadership Development and Application

    August 8, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Leadership development and application seem to be hard to connect. The intention is usually there to connect the developmental investment with the application back on the job but doing that seems elusive. Perhaps there is a disconnect between leadership development and application. As a consultant, I have facilitated many hours of leadership development training. In ... Read more
  • Performance Management or Performance Development

    July 31, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Lets start using performance development instead of performance management. Performance management is a topic being discussed frequently these days. However, I’m not sure that everyone has the same meaning for performance management. I have also been getting feedback that just the term performance management scares some people. I suppose performance management might sound too much ... Read more
  • Your Culture is a Behavioral Ecosystem

    June 6, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    The topic of organizational culture has been a hot topic for a good number of years and it seems to be getting hotter all the time. It has become very clear to me that culture must be designed and maintained with the understanding that it is part of a behavioral ecosystem. Culture must consider all stakeholders ... Read more
  • Create Your Culture Advantage

    May 31, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    There is an interesting quote that is credited to Peter Drucker but not proven it came from him. The quote is “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” It doesn’t really matter whose quote it is, it does get used frequently in a variety of business environment and publications. What is that quote really saying? If you go ... Read more
  • Excellence is a Mindset

    May 23, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    One of my major drivers for writing From OK to Excellence, 7 Steps to a Productive and Engaged Workforce was hearing business owners or leaders telling me that Ok was good enough. I found this mindset unacceptable from many standpoints starting with the amazingly strong influence leaders have on the lives and the results produced ... Read more
  • Getting Things Done

    May 15, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    We are all interested in getting things done. Some of us are better than others at actually doing it. Some of us may even fall in to the category of procrastination if we are not careful. What causes us to fail to get the things done that we say we want to get done? There ... Read more
  • Making Progress Toward Your Goals

    April 24, 2017
    Charlie Martin
    Some of us who are high achievers are inclined to set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG’s). There is absolutely nothing wrong with a BHAG if every goal is not a BHAG.   Even if we do have one of more BHAG’s we need to take the next step and create our action plans so at least we ... Read more