We have Goals and Plans to achieve them for only one reason—to be appropriate in the moments of our lives that matter most [to US].   Let’s set our intentions to be Present with each other.

(Grand Rapids, MI USA: David - Decision Framework Consultingd - Decision Framework Consulting, 2017)

A Roman Vote without Ceaser and Senate present is not worth much

In SAFe, the Roman vote technique is meant to build TWO way accountability between a Team and its Stakeholder(s).   Without Caesar present, the Team opinion is not witnessed nor acknowledged.   The Respect for People Mindset Pillar of Lean is in clear violation.

In the era of Caesar, a no-show for the vote was as good as a “yes for death” – the de facto policy for The Games was to give the crowd what they wanted … entertainment by death (to feel more fortunate than another condemned soul).  

Not to be overly dramatic, but as Team members striving for a better tomorrow, you must lobby for your Leaders to “show up” for your Planning Events, otherwise you’re signing up for the “entertainment of your past [status quo]”.

Across the world, Change Agents are trying to establish pragmatic platforms which genuinely enable Leadership.

We don’t miss what we’ve never had in life.

Change begins with the Teams closest to the Customers.   Will you unite towards a better tomorrow?

Cost consideration… an economic Trade-off or a Value Enabler?

Too often my clients focus first on Efficiency of operations.  If we speed up an ineffective operation, we ensure that we create more problems at a faster rate, for both Employees and Customers.

“Keep the cost-cart behind the value-horse please?”

To become more efficient in life, we must first strive to become more Effective.

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The Lean Mindset – Use it to Grow Responsibly

Too often I see clients leveraging Lean practices primarily for cost reduction, long-term.

In the early days of Lean adoption, we do see quite a bit of opportunity to reduce costs.  The risk is staying in the cost reduction mode long-term.

The real beauty of Lean is the leadership platform that it enables.   Objective decisions based on solid understanding of economic trade-offs are the key to growing the organization responsibly.

Let’s not forget to leverage Lean Strategically?

Presence & Acceptance yields Happiness

A Mantra to Rekindle Presence

The Body naturally lives in the Present moment, but reflects Past choices.

The Mind is too often distracted by the Past or the Future, imposing great damage on the Body.

Thought is the ancestor of all action, or inaction (analysis paralysis).  Our Body too often takes a back seat to our Mind, and pays a deadly price.


Our Happiness Metric

The Body is THE best metric* available to evaluate the quality of our shared existence.   The imprints of shared experiences are felt within the Body and displayed upon it.

  • Is a constant smile or frown reflecting how the Body truly feels, or is the Mind working overtime?  
    • We should present our true self to others, to reduce misunderstandings.
  • Is a nagging pain [physical or mental] seeking your attention and resolution?  
    • Too often we avoid “maintenance” and “rush to the Emergency Room” when we experience a total failure.
  • Are we experiencing social clashes or harmonious cooperation at macro levels?
    • What we do not own personally, transcends us and becomes OUR collective issue.

Are we paying attention to the feedback from the Body?

Conscious living in the Present moment, will return us to a balance of Attention, Connection, and Compassion, for our self and for every Thing we experience that is outside of ourself.


Artificial Problems – Just Disconnection

We all wish to be totally Happy.   Why does happiness evade us?

The solution to most problems resides in silencing the Mind and Feeling# your way through the situation, IN the physical company of others (not alone in our Mind).   Please do not confuse isolated Intuition with Shared Physical Experience.

Too often, we fail to observe, adapt and express what we truly feel, or to appropriately respond to what someone else is feeling (and actively “wearing it on their sleeve”).   Our shared curiosity for how the other is feeling (and thinking) leads to shared affirmation and ultimately a Shared Reality.  

We can only influence and be influenced through Shared Reality.  

Assuming our understanding of Life and our impact on it, is the origin of the “problem”.

Too often, our Mind causes us to blindly react to situations that we’ve misinterpreted.   Over a lifetime our perception becomes a personal reality – and extremely flawed, which expedites our own feeling of separation from others.   Have you ever uttered? …

… My thoughts and my approach to life are correct … people just don’t understand ME.  

Correct, but from both perspectives – neither you nor the other person are curious enough to share the reality between you.  

The Mind, operating alone and in isolation (from others), creates a self-fulfilling prophecy which validates our Fear – that we are alone in a hyper aggressive world that doesn’t support us.   Worse yet, we pass on this flawed personal belief system – that we are separate from others – passing it on on to our loved ones, our social groups, and our communities.   We become the host cell for Cancer.


Key Point

We need to remember that the Mind is IN the Body, and to put things back in proper order.   Mind must serve the Body.   There is too much talk about Mind->Body connection, suggesting that we lead reality with the Mind and the Body is just an instrument to express what the Mind desires.   Quite backwards and unfortunate!   We have “put the cart before the horse”.


To Take Action or Not?

If what I suggest above feels wrong to you, I hope we eventually cross paths in our lifetime, and politely wish you well.   If you’re feeling skeptical and want more info, please track my messages and  speaking events.  But please participate, to challenge your Belief System.

If the perspective above [or throughout this site] resonates with you and you’re curious enough of how I can help, give me a call.

Together, let’s explore ways to improve THE daily experience of Life?

I have spent my entire life helping others enjoy a wonderful Life, getting out of their own Way OF Happiness.   I assist in humble, discrete ways, customized to the need of the individual.  


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I am deeply honored, to help you, maximize your Presence in Life.  – David


*I’m not referring to how tone the Body is, but more so, how at Peace it is, and how ready and able it is to Respond to how we wish to act in the next Present moment

#The Body’s 5 senses shape our perception over a lifetime.   Without affirmation from others, misperception creates our separation from others.

The Origin of Continuous Improvement

What we consciously agree to do together, we are more likely to Accept in the outcome.   Continuous improvement begins through acceptance of the prior outcome.   Without group acceptance, there can be no accountability for improvement.

To Accept anything in life requires on-going, proactive Awareness and intentional choices.   In other words, we desire and eventually expect to be included in decision making, if we are to be held accountable for outcomes.

Group Awareness is the origin of continuous improvement.   To remain aware, we must be Included in a predictable and practical manner.


Question

What compels us to include others in decision making?