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Terry McKenna
Kure Beach, NC
Helping organizations & individuals realize their potential
Interests: Beach, Travel, Working out, Reading, Personal Development, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Priorities can and will rapidly shift and change. When this happens, communication of that shift to the rest of your team, both up and down the chain of command is crucial. The team must have the ability to quickly reprioritize efforts and rapidly adapt to a constantly changing competitive landscape.... Continue reading
Sometimes, the greatest opportunity resides in the darkest places. * Continue reading
You get paid for being right first, and to be first, you can't wait for consensus. * Continue reading
As a organization, we are already more intelligent than we are as individuals. We are part of a collective intelligence. * Continue reading
In a global economy, standards of performance are rising more quickly and more broadly than ever before, leaving subpar performers no place to hide. * Continue reading
Stretch goals make complacency impossible. Develop a healthy disregard for the impossible. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
Feeling motivated gets you to act. Feeling successful gets you to repeat. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." -Bill Keane, cartoonist. This present is in our possession, but it has an expiration date, a quickly approaching one. If you enjoy all of it, it will be enough. It can last a... Continue reading
The most meaningful question is this: are you becoming the type of person you want to become? * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
Your habits shape your identity, and your identity shapes your habits. It's a two-way street. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
In our data-driven world, we tend to overvalue numbers and undervalue anything ephemeral, soft, and difficult to quantify. Just because you can measure something doesn't mean it's the most important thing. And just because you can't measure something doesn't mean it's not important at all. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
When you're in motion, you're planning and strategizing, and learning. Those are all good things, but they don't produce a result. Action on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will deliver an outcome. If motion doesn't lead to results, why do we do it? We do it... Continue reading
I once read a story about a man who uses a wheelchair. When asked if it was difficult being confined, he responded, "I'm not confined to my wheelchair - I'm liberated by it. If it wasn't for my wheelchair I would be bed-bound and never able to leave my house."... Continue reading
Goals are good for setting direction, but systems are best for making progress. Problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing your systems that enable you to achieve your goals. Terry's Blog" Continue reading
Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don't want to change but because you have the wrong system for change. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
It is our perceptions of things, rather than the things themselves, that cause the most trouble. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
Structured goal setting and continuous communication, with rigor and imagination, you will see exponentially greater productivity and innovation throughout your organization. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
When you look at your brand through the eyes of your customers rather than your own, what do you see? How are these two views different? * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
The strength of your commitment depends on your answers to two basic questions: What do you really want? And what to you really believe? * Terry's Bolg: Continue reading
How does your organization motivate employees: extrinsic or intrinsic? If you must use extrinsic motivators, then do so to reinforce intrinsic motivation. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
Teams don't play at their best unless they are emotionally engaged, and that happens when they can tell if they are winning or losing. Do your teams know the score? The key to engagement is a big, visible, continually updated scoreboard that is compelling to the players. * Terry's Blog:... Continue reading
Understanding risk allows you to more accurately value the risk - and lets be clear, there's always risk. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
The economy is increasingly based not on financial capital but on human capital, and how the abilities of the people in an organization, much more than traditionally important factors like economies of scale or patent protections, determine an organization's success or failure. * Continue reading
Research shows that the poorest performers don't set goals; they just slog through their work. Mediocre performers set goals that are general and are often focused on simply achieving a good outcome - get the new project proposal written. The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome... Continue reading
Anyone who thinks they've outgrown the benefits of a coach's help should at least question that view. There's a reason why the world's best athletes and aspiring musicians still go to coaches. One of those reasons goes beyond the coach's knowledge. It's his or her ability to see you in... Continue reading