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Skin in the Game – What’s in it for Me in the Workplace

Posted on 01/21/2020 by Jack Speer

Who’s skin is in your game–really? In any event of life we are spectators, watching the outcome with little to lose, or we have a great deal personally on the line–we have skin in the game.

Creating False Expectations

Posted on 01/14/2020 by Jack Speer

Has anyone ever created a great expectation for you–then totally blown up your hope? Was this a person who had the resources to do something life-changing for you?  Did they systematically lead you to believe they’d do what they promised–but never came through?   Then they gave no explanation whatsoever for why–nor expressed any regret. This happened to Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American Founding Father, inventor, and diplomat.  Franklin as a young man formed a friendship with the Governor William Keith, governor of Pennsylvania, who took[…]

Beyond Fast: Agile – the New Plan to Play to Win

Posted on 01/07/2020 by Jack Speer

When I think of agility I think of Shaquille O’Neal.   He had an unheard of physique for a professional basketball player, totally unsuited for the game.  At 7’1″ and 325 lbs., nonetheless, he was no lumbering Goliath–Shaq was fast and highly intelligent in his career with 6 separate teams.  He had the size of a whale with the poise and movements of a ballet dancer.  This is agile. So how agile am I?  It’s all about agility when I think about what has to happen[…]

A CLEAR VISION FOR 2020

Posted on 12/31/2019 by Jack Speer

What’s 2020 all about for you?  As we’re just about to complete the second decade of the 21st Century, how do we develop a clear 2020 vision for the organizations we spend a big chunk of our lives working for? Each year Carol and I get together to spend some time asking ourselves, “Why are we doing this anyway?  What does this all mean?” We’d like to share a few thoughts with you, which we hope will motivate you to spend an hour in a[…]

Handling the Loose Cannon

Posted on 12/24/2019 by Jack Speer

Have you ever dealt with a “Loose Cannon?”  He or she can be one of the most dangerous threats to your career.  Simply defined, the Loose Cannon on your team is the person who is apt to do anything or say anything that causes devastating and immediate damage to your team.  Their blasts don’t come from behind enemy lines–they fire at point blank from within, right at you and your team. Often the Loose Canon doesn’t give you a hint of what they are capable[…]

Building Teams on Transparency

Posted on 12/17/2019 by Jack Speer

Getting teams right is critical to organizational success.  Nothing is more important.  I recently sat down to talk with Matty Wishnow, founder of Clearhead, headquartered in Austin, Texas to talk about Matty’s model of team success.  Clearhead began with less than a million dollars in annual revenues and sold to Accenture, a large International consulting firm. Matty has developed an effective team model for 21st Century organizations. Getting teams right is not only not easy, getting teams wrong has sunk many organizations with large burdensome employee headcounts and ambiguous[…]

WHO GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN?

Posted on 12/10/2019 by Jack Speer

How do you create a workplace where people don’t get under your skin? It’s really interesting to research the reasons people creep each other out at work.  Complaints generally range from messy desks, condescending manners, goody two shoes suck ups, employees who don’t care, and many more.  The ways we get under each others’ skins are endless. Sometimes we just can’t deal with a person we work with because they’re untruthful, deceptive, and conniving to their very cores.  I have only dealt with a handful[…]

Are We Programmed to be Mediocre?

Posted on 12/03/2019 by Jack Speer

Were We Programmed to Be Average? There is this stunning quotation from Elton John in the movie Rocketman, when he finally comes to the realization that who he is—his own identity—demands that he must personally make a choice of who he will become. “You have to kill the person you were meant to be to become the person that you want to be.” What is it worth to you to become the person you want to be instead of following the path that seems inevitable?  There is[…]

Hate Criticism? A Practical Guide to Managing and Profiting From Criticism

Posted on 11/26/2019 by Jack Speer

How you accept and give criticism will determine a great deal about how you succeed—in both life and career. Managing and profiting from criticism is a key skill at work and at home. Not becoming a punching bag for critics is equally important.

A Band Together -Who Do You Want on Your Team?

Posted on 11/19/2019 by Jack Speer

Who do you want on your team?  There is no more fundamental question. That’s the question the NFL, the military, business, and every group asks that wants to get something done.   This question–who do you want on your team–tops business fundamentals like sales and revenue.   With the right team, every problem can be solved except those like hurricanes and tornados.  Even well -funded organizations with everything going for them fail because of dysfunctional teams. Putting together a great team with effective team members often seems[…]



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