40 Mantras

Building high performing cultures one mantra at a time

Have a PLAN B C & D

Every day things around you will change. I once worked at a company where we reviewed the performance of each executive each quarter by how well they hit their goals. You know, you go around the table and review what the goals were for the quarter and see how close you got. What was funny […]

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Make your best call

In many organizations people stop thinking. It’s not completely their fault. The issue is that between bosses and processes, most decision making is removed from people. The result of this dynamic is that people stop thinking and they just fall into routines. If you’ve ever found yourself driving to work, arriving, and not remembering any […]

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Always manage Expectations

I bought the domain 40mantras.com. Then I told you there would be #40mantras. Now we’re on our 11th mantra. But you know where I’m headed, right? Know how?

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Always tell stories

My ninth mantra may be the one most of my staff hear, even years after they’ve started working for me. Of the #40mantras, it may be one of my favorite five.

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Hope is not a strategy

Of all the mantras I use to build high performance cultures and to coach my engineering teams, this is one of the first things they have to learn.

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