Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 07NOV11

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

A colleague offered that a client wanted to stop all consulting efforts as the business was growing rapidly and everyone was moving at 120 miles per hour.

Respectfully, this isn’t the time to disengage–this is the time to engage but engage in a way that is respectful of each person’s time.

There are 3 key components to success:  people, process and technology.  A breakdown in any of these can be quite injurious, particularly at 120 mph. None of these components were designed to work at 120 mph indefinitely.

A consultant can add value by watching for stress, making observations about root cause and by helping the team rapidly design and implement fixes to keep them moving at 120 mph.

When Diana Nyad tried to swim from Cuba to the U.S. recently, she had a support team.  She didn’t leave the beach in Cuba and have everyone fly to the mainland to await her arrival. There were experts to help her every step of the way.

The most successful people and companies seek outside assistance to help them continue to thrive

Thought for the week:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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One Response to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 07NOV11

  1. It’s part of the short-term thinking that besets most of business (endemic to human beings, I guess) that causes folks to pull back on investing in themselves and their people. Then they wonder why they’re so ill-equipped to skate through uncertainty.

    Life-long learners (whether people or organizations) never do this. We know that the only constant is change and that it’s only a matter of time before the existing way of doing things will no longer work, and so we prepare ourselves for that.

    How? For me, the answer lies less in technology and “processes” and more in the minds of every single person in an organization. Wake people up to what is inside of themselves…find people who can help you do that. Then you’ll always have the human capacity you need to cope with whatever comes your way.

    Wonderful, inspiring post as always, Dave 🙂


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