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Hey, COACH! 5 Coaching Tips to Use as a Manager

Helping Your Team Succeed! I love coaching teams, and I love being part of a team— and learning how to help them perform at a higher level! I’ve had the privilege of coaching a state-championship high school team, national club...

Are You the Best Leader You Can Be? (Part 1)

Part 1 – Develop a Model for Your Team How do you grow your leadership abilities? How do you lead your team or  organization? If your library is like mine, you probably have a shelf full of best-sellers like: The 7...

I Love Being Right

I love being right… and the importance of creating meaningful culture visuals is one of those times. Being right doesn’t happen as often as I think it should happen but when it does— it feels sweet. Yes, one of my many...

5 Benchmarking Tips For Product Design Inspiration

Where does an idea come from? Do ideas spring into the mind fully formed? Of course not! Ideas rarely start out beautiful— they need to be collected, nurtured, and built upon. Ideas are inspired (stolen) from something else that we’ve...

Effective Prototype Development

Don’t Waste Precious Resources   During the space race of the 1960’s, as the legend goes, NASA engineers encountered a challenge. Astronauts needed to take notes in space but typical ballpoint pens did not function in a Zero-G environment. NASA funneled millions...

Tips to Overcoming Decision-Making Barriers

Don’t Settle for Second Best After a design choice has been made, have you ever had the sinking feeling that you inadvertently settled for second best? The process can be frustrating. It always seems to take more time to piece together...

Finding Your Sweet Spot

A New DISHER Culture Characteristic DISHER’s mission, Make a Positive Difference, has driven our team behaviors creating a culture that was recently ranked 5th in the nation. These core behaviors are spelled out in our 12 Culture Characteristics (CCs), they’re talked...

5 Tips to Intelligent Decision Making

Relating to Product Development & Program Management How do you make decisions? Do you delegate the task to others, delay it with endless research, or maybe apply a democratic process where everyone gets a chance to vote? While it’s easy for...

The Power of the Checklist

Relying on Memory is a Bad Strategy I’ve read a number of blogs and articles recently that have had titles like these: “Embracing Failure”, “Learning from our Failures”, “Fail Fast, Fail Cheap”, and so on. All were making the point that...
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