How quickly can the Nebraska team learn?

Shucks. Nebraska lost to Purdue, and now has a 0-4 record for 2018, and hopes of a bowl game are…well…probably gone. So much for the silver bullet, Scott Frost.  Oh wait, I already said there is no silver bullet.

I do, however, see more leadership lessons from Nebraska. Let’s explore “organizational learning,” shall we?  I went to look for a prior article I wrote on organizational learning, because I use the term all the time.  By golly, I haven’t written one, so let’s take a whack now.

My mantra: learning occurs at the individual, team and organizational level, and higher levels of learning are not the sum of the parts.  They are greater and they are shared.  Just because everyone on the team is exceptionally good at their individual role doesn’t mean the team is effective. They may be; they may not be.

If they are, and they haven’t built a collective set of experiences, practiced together, and dissected each and every move to understand why it worked or why it didn’t work, their win is pure luck. Luck may win the game. It doesn’t get you to the national championship.

Scott Frost has repeatedly said, “I know what direction we are going.” My guess is that he’s going to the national championship. And given his record of coaching success, I suspect his experience has told him from the beginning that it ain’t gonna be easy.

Oh, there are some that are ready to give up on Frost already. They just don’t get it. It isn’t about the short-term. It’s about the long-term.  It’s about organizational learning. How can Nebraska’s journey demonstrate the elements of organizational learning? There are several ways. (more…)

Have I got a solution for you!

Conferences. Every presenter and exhibitor have THE solution for whatever ails your organization. It might be a technology dashboard that presents all of the KPIs in graphic form, or a customer service training program that has “proven” to increase sales.

Those with products to sell have invested heavily in figuring out what problem you most likely have, and crafting a message that leaves you feeling hopeful that the problem can, indeed, be solved.
You probably do have the problem they are solving. But does that solution address the root cause? That’s the critical question you have to ask before you buy. (more…)

And Don’t Forget to Breathe

dandelion-wallpaper-21991-22547-hd-wallpapersMy Yoga teacher has to remind me to breathe. I chuckle because breathing is pretty fundamental; how the heck do I keep forgetting to do something that has become an instinct? When I am contorted in a pose, trying to remember all of the “corrections” so that my body doesn’t recoil or get hurt, I obviously lose sight of the basics.  It’s all too much to remember.

I am new to Yoga. The teacher assures me that, as I practice, I will build “muscle memory,” and my body will begin to remember more and more of the basics, so that I can move on to more complicated poses. (more…)