7 Questions Your Career or Company Forgot to Ask

Link to 7 Questions Videos

Every generation produces a few genius thinkers whose contributions add massive clarity (value) to society. Jim Collins is one of those thinkers. Here’s what makes him different… his work is based on real-world data packaged in useful analogies. When you watch the 7 short videos in the link below, you’ll walk away with clarity that empowers you to reach your goal(s) better and faster. For example…

One of my favorite “differentiators” he describes in one video delineates the edge between people following a leader or following a cause. See the difference there? All the academics, thought leaders, and texts teach “following a leader.” But Jim’s real-world research reveals that a more effective path for people is following a cause.

Grab a pen, paper, and prepare to leapfrog your ability to lead, serve, and profit!

LINK to Jim Collin’s 7 Videos

The Elements of Value – HBR Tip

Question:  If you lost everything… EVERYTHING, what knowledge would enable you to start over and execute for killer results?

Answer:  HBR Elements of Value Tip

Our careers and companies pay for value. Period. End of story.

SO, knowing what goes into value is important.  But, too often… we (society) guess.

No more guessing.  Our time is too limited, our demands are too high, and people (family, customers, investors) are counting on US.

Click it now:  HBR Elements of Value Tip

Read it. Take notes. And if you want… call (Skype) me.  Together, we’ll solve the world’s “value problems!”

The Elements of Value - HBR TipEnjoy,


SKYPE:  thomaswachowski


5 Steps for Team Accountability – HBR Tip

Go direct to the referenced HBR Tip here

How often do you see (or experience) missed task/project/goal expectations within your team?

It might go like this…

(email message) Hey Matt, set up a meeting for the team, let’s brief the team on the new reporting format you designed.”

Matt sets up the meeting. Outlook invite blast sent.  QUESTION: Is Matt completely clear on what the meeting expectations are?

(meeting day) Matt’s meeting is missing a few key people (the boss, the boss’s boss, both included in the Outlook invite blast). He calls them… they attend via. speakerphone (weird start, but Matt continues).  He reviews the new reporting format, which involves some technology changes. Some attendees can follow. Some can’t. In the end (after a few weeks of one-on-one training between Matt and meeting attendees), everyone is in compliance.

(mid-year review) Matt’s boss beats him down on how the “new report format” project and meeting went. “You didn’t have the key players there, in person. You didn’t make the technology aspect clear. You took 30 days beyond the meeting to ensure everyone was in compliance.”

Remember that original email from Matt’s boss?  “Hey Matt, set up a meeting for the team, let’s brief the team on the new reporting format you designed.”

Sure sounds like the mid-year review task description should have replaced the near-useless original email. But, it didn’t… and now Matt gets flack because his boss didn’t understand how to hold his team accountable. A real [Read more…]

Do NOT Follow Your Passion…

If you’ve ever watched Deadliest Catch or Dirty Jobs, you know the now-famous and well-recognized narration of Mike Rowe.

Despite his “everyman” persona, Mike Rowe packs an advice punch in this NPR interview.

In short he says…

Don’t follow your passion… Bring your passion with you.

At first listen, this wisdom might leave behind a bad taste. But, Mike supports his perspective with real-world experience on the front lines of hard work, execution, and results.

Play Mike Rowe’s NPR interview and you’ll position yourself to Lead Better, Serve Greater, and Profit Bigger!

NOTE:  The link leads to the NPR page holding an interview and TED talk.  Play the interview labeled “Listen To The Story” to hear Mike’s powerful career advice (his TED talk is also located at the above link).

The #1 Rule of Winning Enterprises

What’s the first question asked by a business owner or executive who gets big results?

It’s not, “How do we increase sales?”

It’s not, “How do we reduce costs?”

It’s not, “How do we grow the business?”

The answer is much simpler.  It’s researched and time-tested. But, ignoring this number one rule of business can lead to company, department, and project failures (of all sizes in all economies).

If business leaders at all levels follow JUST this one rule, winning becomes easier, more fun, and more profitable! Jim Collins explains exactly what your business should be doing FIRST in the video below. Enjoy (and implement right away)!


Get an Easy Edge On Your Competition

Get an Easy Edge On Your Competition

Imagine you’re at an industry event and the following conversation occurs between you, and a friendly industry foe:


Competitor: “Hey [your name], how are things.?

You: “Oh good [competitor’s name]. We just rolled out a new logo, have you seen it?”

Competitor: “No, I haven’t. Why did you do that?”

You: “We want to increase our branding”

Competitor: “Will a new logo accomplish that?”

You: “You bet it will, we invested a lot of time and money into our new logo.”

Competitor: “Wow! I bet it was fun. But, did you read about logos in HBR?

You: “Umm… no… what’s HBR?”

Competitor: “The Harvard Business Review… a website with tons of quick tips on leadership, management… all topics we use everyday in our businesses. I look at it weekly and it’s given me a lot of ideas, which have led to better sales month over month for the past 18 months.”

Could this happen to you?

If you’re not reading the Harvard Business Review, it WILL happen to you one day.

So, let’s fix this issue right now!

The Harvard Business Review is a free online resource. It’s packed full of timeless tips, research, and data to support your business. Entrepreneurs, rising executives, and even front-line employees will all grow from the HBR. If scanning its articles for ten minutes was guaranteed to increase sales, would you read it?

Check out the Harvard Business Review, today!