Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part II: The Avalanche

Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part II: The Avalanche

The Business Storm Cycle is never still; like all cycles, it’s constantly turning.  If you’ve weathered your first rapid-growth Tornado, in which your people and resources were stretched to the breaking point, you probably wondered when this crazy phase of expansion...
Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part I: In The Tornado

Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part I: In The Tornado

No matter where you are in what I call the Business Storm Cycle, as a leader you’ve got to lead—even when the way ahead looks foggy. But even experienced leaders can be blindsided by what comes at them in the cycle—and can make mistakes that will make the phase...
Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

We’ve all seen the heartbreaking news photos of people standing in the rubble of their homes or places of business after a tornado has passed through. While the devastation wreaked on your enterprise by the Business Storm Cycle phase we call the Tornado – that period...
Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

One of the first cycles you learned about when you were a kid was probably the life cycle of a butterfly. You found an egg on a leaf, took it home with you, and put it in a jar. After a while, a caterpillar hatched out of the egg. It crawled around the leaf, nibbling...
Spring and the Tornado

Spring and the Tornado

As the long, gray winter throws in the towel, at last, we’re treated to one of Nature’s finest shows – the arrival of spring – as the cycle of the seasons turns in its predictable and expected way. It’s always a thrill to see the flowers bursting up out of the ground...