Getting Back to Fundementals

Often things are not going the way you want in a personal or business situation, I have a suggestion that always works.  The metaphor that helps me is from golf.  Often when my game is gone to pot, I start to tinker with my swing or some new technique.  When I really be


Anybody who has taken one of my consulting skills sessions knows how much importance I place on the warm-up.  In any interchange between people, I believe that everybody must get psychologically get in contact before business can be done.  The approach I find that is effecti

Escape Hatches

Jim and I played golf with Harvey Thomson over at Robert H Schaffer and Associates last week and had a great time. I spent my time exploring his experiences with Rapid Results and some of my challenges and opportunities.  At one point in the conversation Harvey mentione escape ha

Learning versus Training

In Rapid Results, Schaffer has a section on how managers can learn from experience.  I think learning from doing is far more effective than going away on some treining course or executive MBA.  Another ingredient that is important when learning from experience is reflecting

CoffeeCAST – #28 – Disruption, Evolution and Change

Welcome to the 28th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Oh my god get ready to put those white shoes away it is almost labour day.  So it is a lovely day here and Labour Day is almost upon us. With all the activity over the last couple of weeks I have done some thinking on

Rapid results and the lowest common denominator

Reading Bob Schaefer’s "Rapid Results" and listening to a conversation over the cubical wall the other day I was struck by an interesting observation.  Rapid results projects are dependant for their success to a high degree on the people working on the project.&nb


One of the key elements of the Rapid Results approach is creating a focus.  I have always found when I become focused I am far more effective and productive.  In selecting rapid results focus, one starts with a needed long term improvement and then narrows it down to a speci

CoffeeCAST – #26 – Organizational Thinking

Welcome to the 26th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  It has been a hectic week so we are starting a little late… and yes you are with me again today. I think you will find today covers some interesting topics.  Having followed the writting of Robert Schaffer in Rap

CoffeeCAST – #25 – Mind Shift

Welcome to the 25th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  We are just coming off a long weekend in Canada (Simcoe day in Ontario).  A great weekend and a time to develop some discussion ideas.  Today I fly solo and discuss the idea of the ability to do a mind shift.  So in to

Start with Results

So it is all about the results.  So that is where we need to focus, not on preparations or a preconceived solution. OK, so just asked you to walk off a cliff holding my hand saying:"jump I know we will figure out how to land safetly before we hit the ground" The leap is