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My summer has been filled with planes, trains, and automobiles.

On one of my recent trips, I took a day trip from Milwaukee to Chicago on the train.  After a productive day of meetings, I headed back to Union Station a bit tired, yet content.  I was looking forward to a relaxing train ride back to Milwaukee.

As people lined up for the train, you could feel the stress build in the waiting area.

When the train arrived, I began walking casually to grab a seat.  But then people began whizzing by me to secure a good spot, and I picked up speed… unconsciously.  I was being herded without realizing it. Continue reading

The Duality of Plans

Plans can both help and hinder us in creating the best work we can for our companies and teams.  Here are 3 ways planning can benefit and kill Work Life Better.

A plan that SUPPORTS creative insight helps…
1.  understand the work ahead for yourself and others
2.  identify potential pitfalls or forks in the road
3.  get work done when you don’t feel like using your brain for logistics, so you can use your brain for creative visioning + problem solving

A plan that RESTRICTS creativity + progress is…
1.  inflexible – a cemented action plan
2.  unrealistic and impossible to fulfill
3.  a way to control (micromanage +/or overfunction for) others, losing out on the magic of team and iteration

Share with us below how plans help you reach success and where they get in the way or you accomplishing your goals.

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