The fundamentals

Does your organization teach the fundamentals? Regularly? Here’s Don Shula on the great Paul Brown (from a WSJ article in 2008):

On the first night of training camp, he would dictate – and you’d have to write down long-hand – the fundamentals of football: how to run, how to catch, how to carry the ball. He did that every year. Otto Graham [Cleveland’s star quarterback] had been there 10 years and he’s in there doing it with the rookies.

Happy almost 2010. Here’s to hoping your 2009 was a good one.

Executing engagement

I think organizations today pretty well understand that an engaged workforce means a more productive workforce.  Understanding, however, has not made engagement reality. That lack of execution thing keeps coming back…

From the Deloitte Shift Report 2009 (emphasis added):

We also discovered that, despite some variations across industries, 75 to 80 percent of the workforce lacks passion for the work they perform on a daily basis. This is particularly significant given the strong correlation between Worker Passion and more active participation in knowledge flows. If companies are serious about more effective participation in knowledge flows, they must find ways to draw out greater passion from their workers.

via Ed Cotton

The demise of control

A healthcare organization that thinks it’s difficult to control employees now hasn’t seen anything yet. Signal vs. Noise:

A lot of companies seek to control employees. They have handbooks and policies. They monitor emails. They make rules about what’s allowed and what’s forbidden.

But “control” is a tricky thing. The tighter the reins, the more you create an environment of distrust. An us vs. them mentality takes hold. And that’s when people start trying to game the system.


This article is sickening (“Understanding Obamacare” by Luke Mitchell).  Democrats in bed with the insurers and the drug companies. The Republicans opposing healthcare reform not for idealistic “values” but because there is no other play. Someone once said to me that if we, instead of voting, randomly selected names from a phone book to represent “us” this country would be better off.  Hmm.

What is so awful is that there’s not even an underdog to root for (except for the average American I suppose, but then who cares about the patient?)

The beat goes on.