Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reject Rejection

The rejection of our creative work says nothing about its value.

Not everyone will get it. We won't all understand. It can take many iterations, many attempts, even many years for people to embrace the creative output that we produce. It's still valuable.

Hold onto your creativity and then let it go -- let it go INTO your work. Let it go INTO your life. Let it go INTO your soul.

Rejection is just a point of view.

-- Doug Smith

Saturday, September 9, 2017

An Endless Supply of Solutions

creative problem solving - planet 5 - doug smith

The creative problem solver in you always has more solutions than you need.

-- Doug Smith

Add A Creative Flair

Moving Spectre, by douglas brent smith

Just for today, add a creative flair to something that is usually routine.

-- Doug Smith

Creative Power

Into the Far Dimension by douglas brent smith

Creativity + discipline = power.

-- Doug Smith

Your Creative Spot

Find the place where you are the most creative and go there regularly.

-- Doug Smith


Creativity evaporates fear.

-- Doug Smith

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Two Parts of Creativity

How would you define creativity?

Some people see it as a flash of inspiration. It's the appearance of a wonderful and mysterious muse. Suddenly great and beautiful things happen.

For others, it's not like that at all. Why wait for the muse? Sometimes the muse is fickle and hard to find. We need creativity all of the time. We can't wait for brilliant flashes of insight. We need to conjure up that magic ourselves.

Creativity is not just inspiration -- it's also dedication and hard work.

Put in the work. Watch the magic happen.

-- Doug Smith

Your Genius

The genius inside you knows how to find you.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Let It Go

It's sometimes hard to let go of a goal, but if it's not serving you, let it go.

-- Doug Smith

Monday, July 31, 2017

No Hidden Agendas?

What if everyone were completely clear and open about their goals? Imagine working with no hidden agendas.

-- Doug Smith

Friday, July 21, 2017

Is Your Problem Feeding the Status Quo?

Have you noticed that even when you have a truly sensible solution to a problem that you can encounter resistance to change?

Why do some people resist making things better? Why wouldn't they want to solve that problem?

Most problems have someone or something invested in the status quo. It works for them. They're getting something out of it. Even when it's a problem for someone else -- until you identify the payoff to the status quo, solving it may prove to be difficult.

A great solution does more than solve the problem -- it does no harm.

-- Doug Smith

Monday, July 17, 2017

Maintain Flexibility Without Losing Focus

Have you ever seen someone who is so flexible that it's hard to know where they stand?

There have been times when I felt that way myself. It feels free, but then limits because it's so hard to make a decision. How do you choose? What's best?

I've since learned that it helps in making decisions to rely on a solid set of values, a strong sense of purpose, and a committed set of goals. Everything else, from projects to past times, falls in line with those three things. When you add your sense of faith to your values (or as one of your values) it becomes much easier to see when it's necessary to be flexible and when it's necessary to remain firm.

High performance leaders maintain flexibility without losing focus.  They know when to be flexible and when to be firm.

How about you?

-- Doug Smith

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Is Stress A Choice?

How big of a deal is stress in your life?

We all endure a certain amount of stress. Depending on what's going on in your work and in your life, you may be going thru more stress than you want. Not all stress is bad (setting an ambitious goal, for example, adds a kind of good stress) but too much stress can slow you down.

How much of your stress are you choosing? Certainly, not all of your stress, but could you admit that some of it is the result of you doing too much worrying, or waiting too long to work on that big goal, or taking what the boss said too personally, or procrastinating when you knew the deadline was going to be tough?

You know as well as anyone else the answer to what to do about the stress you cause yourself: let it go. Stop it. Relax, breathe, focus, and then get to work.

When we do that, when we control the stress that we can control, when we choose "no" to a piece of self-selected stress, it makes handling the tough unchosen stress much, much easier.

Refusing to believe that stress is a choice won't get rid of your stress. Face it, deal with it, and when you can -- let it go.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Memorize Your Goals

Memorizing your goals will help you achieve them.

Too obvious to mention? Maybe. But what if you're working on some goals right now that you can't remember?

That makes it tough to get any traction, doesn't it? We all do it sometimes. It's another obstacle to achieving those goals that need not exist.

Memorize your goals. Those that you don't remember might not belong on your list.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Communicate With Intention

Communicating effectively is a skill AND a choice.

The skill takes practice and training. The choice takes intention based on values and character. We aren't born gifted communicators -- we develop or not.

How are you developing your communication skills?

-- Doug Smith

Monday, July 3, 2017

Elevate Your Project Teams

What do the people on your project teams get out of working on your project teams?

I'm not talking about money. I mean attention, growth, opportunity. Are you making your projects the coolest possible things your people could be working on? Do they look forward to each meeting, each task, each opportunity?

What are you offering your project teams that they can't get anywhere else?

When you find that and deliver, your teams will do whatever it takes to complete the project.

Isn't that what you want?

-- Doug Smith

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Start Your Project Right

How do you begin a project?

Are your goals clear? Is the goal of the project an ART goal (action word, results, time)? Have you involved the right people?

Getting a project started correctly is critical to its success.

A slow start or a poor start or an uncertain start will hobble your project from the very, well, start.

Launch your project with enthusiasm by getting it started with these key components:

- An ART goal
- A group of people who are interested in the ART goal
- A real problem that your ART goal solves
- Focus, dedication, commitment

What else would you include?

-- Doug Smith

Bring our workshop "Project Management for Supervisors" to your location to get your projects started right.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Share Responsibility

Do you ever feel like you're doing it all?

There is no end to how much work is available for a front line supervisor. The temptation is to do everything you can to make sure that all the work gets done, even if you do it yourself. It doesn't have to be that way. Share the love. Share the work. Match meaningful work to people who will enjoy it. Delegate everyday.

Successful supervisors share responsibility.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Control Your Goals

I am constantly surprised by people who think they have no control over their goals.

Your goals are absolutely under your control. Even when they are commanded to you by others. Even when your organization tells you what they are. The choices (acceptance, focus, persuasion, new direction, change, execution, achievement) are all still up to you (and there are so many more choices than that⁄)

Hey you -- your goals are yours.

-- Doug Smith

Rinse and Repeat

Find goals that fit you then work them until you outgrow them.

Rinse and repeat.

-- Doug Smith

Do you want to get better and setting and achieving your goals? Our two day workshop "Supervising for Success" can help, and we can bring it to your location. Contact me for details.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Keep Trying

High performance leaders stick to it. They keep working. They find new possibilities.

The deepest confidence is rooted in perseverance. Don't give up.

-- Doug Smith

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

High Performance Leaders Stay Creative

Creativity is unlimited. I know that it can FEEL like you're out of ideas. It can FEEL like there's just no inspiration left to solve a problem, achieve a goal, or build a team. But ideas are limitless.

High performance leaders open themselves up. They expose themselves to new ideas in fields completely unrelated to their business, just to tease up some unusual combinations and connections. Do what you can to stay creative. Do everything you can to stay creative. You've never used up your last idea. There are always more.

-- Doug Smith

Friday, June 16, 2017

Achieving Your Goals: Resist Your Resistance

Goals require change. Big projects force us into areas of uncertainty. Growth can feel uncertain. Setting a noble, powerful goal is essential AND so is the work to bring it about. We will experience resistance to our most powerful goals and sometimes that resistance comes from within. Resist the resistance and power thru. The outcome depends on your work.

We might love the goal and still resist the changes that it requires. Recognize your resistance and let it go. It only stands in your way.

What goal are you working on today?

-- Doug Smith

How to achieve your goals is part of the two-day workshop Supervising for Success that you can bring to your location. Contact me today to see how in two days you can develop the clarity, courage, creativity, and compassion it takes to be your best possible leader.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What Are You Waiting For?

Find the flaw and fix it.

It's what high performance leaders do.

-- Doug Smith

Bring our two-day workshop "Supervising for Success" to your location for just $149 per participant for organizations within 50 miles of Newtown, PA.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How Does Your Feedback Feel?

Centered, high performance leaders carefully consider what their feedback feels like to others before delivering it.

-- Doug Smith

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Get the Leadership Training You Need

doug smith training develops high performance leadership with clarity, courage, creativity, and compassion.

It's tough on the front end, dealing with your team, your customers, and your bosses. Get the leadership training you need to navigate the choppy seas of supervising.

"Supervising for Success" is a two-day workshop that helps you to develop:

  • The keys to leadership success
  • Setting and achieving your supervisory goals
  • Communicating for results
  • Building your team
  • Motivating yourself and others
  • Time Management
  • Coaching for performance
  • Leading productive meetings
  • Solving problems
  • Leading ethically and effectively
  • Supervising multiple generations in the workplace
  • Prioritizing and handling multiple projects and goals
Contact me today about bringing "Supervising for Success" to your location.


Even a reluctant leader can become a better leader.

-- Doug Smith

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stay Open to Ideas

Why would any leader try to suppress a good idea?

It's because they don't think it IS a good idea, isn't it? Or maybe it's because they need all of the ideas to be THEIR ideas. Or maybe they are not thinking it thru.

There is no point to it. Holding a good idea down will likely strengthen its wings inviting it to fly somewhere else. Then, freed, it can't help you.

Open up to those wild ideas. Let your creative side prosper and teach your other sides to listen. Suppressing a good idea is only temporary control. Let go.

-- Doug Smith

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Some Thoughts On Goals

It's real once you set a goal for it.


The goals that matter shatter barriers.


If you let someone else tell you what your goals are, don't complain if they don't please you.


Achieving your goals is one of your top priorities.


It's not just a wish if you're working on it -- it's a goal to achieve.


Like it or not you may be remembered as a leader by how successful you were at achieving your goals.


We achieve our goals in order to achieve our mission.


When our goals energize us it's easier to energize others.

-- Doug Smith

What goal are you working on today?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Work On Yourself

"Set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them."
-- Jim Rohn

Are you working on yourself today?  How about this week?

There are no days available to skip working on yourself. Learning is a lifetime and daily assignment.

What have you learned today?  That's my favorite question and I ask it several times a day because I do expect to learn MORE than one thing. There's so much to learn. So many goals to realize. It's time to get started, or if you're already in motion (good for you!) to keep going. Relentlessly.

Set big, noble, challenging goals. And then? Then get to work!

-- Doug Smith

Your Goals Are Yours

If you let someone else tell you what your goals are, don't complain if they don't please you.

-- Doug Smith

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Power of Great Goals

How much thought do you give to your goals?

Goals change. We change our goals, and then our goals change us. Recognizing the power behind our goals is important in using that power. Pick ambitious goals. Write noble goals. Work on goals that matter to you.

A great goal gives primary focus to all that you do.

Make it great.

-- Doug Smith

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Behind the Goal

A life changing goal requires a habit changing plan.

-- Doug Smith

Successful Supervisors Achieve Their Goals

If you'd like to increase and improve your possibilities as a supervisor I can help you with that. It's what I do.

If you and others at your organization would benefit from a two-day workshop on high performance leadership, please contact me about "Supervising for Success." It's over twenty years of leadership experience, tools, methods, and techniques distilled into my "greatest hits." I love delivering this program and I enjoy watching supervisors realize that they CAN get stuff done without ticking people off. Let me show you how.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

High Performance Leaders Say What They Want

How clear are your expectations?

Does your team know exactly what you want for results?

Communicating for results means letting the results we want made well known.

High performance leaders say what they want.

How else will you ever get it?

-- Doug Smith

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stay Vital

Do you enjoy that feeling of being at the top of your game? I do. There's nothing quite like setting a noble and ambitious goal, working hard on the action plan, and then achieving it.

We are most vital in those moments of hard work leading to success. Goals set the target, the plan sets the pace, and the work gets it done.

We are most vital when we are achieving our goals. Why not get started?

-- Doug Smith

Successful Supervisors Achieve Their Goals

If you'd like to increase and improve your possibilities as a supervisor I can help you with that. It's what I do.

If you and others at your organization would benefit from a two-day workshop on high performance leadership, please do contact me about "Supervising for Success." It's over twenty years of leadership experience, tools, methods, and techniques distilled into my "greatest hits." I love delivering this program and I enjoy watching supervisors realize that they CAN get stuff done without ticking people off. Let me show you how.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Resistance Is Feedback

Have you ever set a goal you thought was truly great, only to have it highly resisted when it came time for implementation?

People resist change. What's inside your head ("this will be so much BETTER!") is exactly that: inside your head. People need to see the value. People need to feel the benefits. If they aren't, it could be one of these two mistakes are happening:

1. NOT communicating the value and urgency of your goal, or
2. Setting a goal that HAS no value or urgency

I think you know how to fix whichever it is. Are you getting resistance? That's useful feedback. Fix what needs fixing and the goal will fly!

-- Doug Smith


Shameless Promotion Department

If you'd like to increase and improve your possibilities as a supervisor I can help you with that. It's what I do.

If you and others at your organization would benefit from a two-day workshop on high performance leadership, please do contact me about "Supervising for Success." It's over twenty years of leadership experience, tools, methods, and techniques distilled into my "greatest hits." I love delivering this program and I enjoy watching supervisors realize that they CAN get stuff done without ticking people off. Let me show you how.

Contact me here:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Elevate Your Performance

The picture on this humble little meme is an old one of my dear friends and working partners June and Victor Podagrosi. We were on a Child's Play tour, somewhere in Virginia. Beautiful country, beautiful and talented people. This image is a constant reminder to me of how alive, vital, energized, and productive people can be when they elevate their performance. In our performances for children around the country, both Victor and June demonstrated what constant work, deep involvement, and dedication to a mission can bring.

It inspired me then and it inspires me now.

How can you elevate your performance today?

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Unfiltered Feedback

Every leader needs feedback from someone who will tell the truth no matter what.

Who is that someone for you?

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even High Performance Leaders Follow

Are you a great follower?

High performance leaders know the value of a useful, enthusiastic follower. That's not someone who follows regardless of the merit of the mission or the value of the goal. Those traits matter. But when they are in place and without doubt, the mission and the goal should propel us forward -- as leaders and, when the situation calls for it, as followers.

We don't all lead at the same time. Sometimes even high performance leaders must follow.

What are you following today?

-- Doug Smith

Monday, April 24, 2017

Work Your Coolest Goal

Are you giving your goals all the help they need?

Identify your biggest, best, coolest goal. Now, work that today...

-- Doug Smith

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Satisfying Noble Goals

Have you thought about how important your goals are today?

We write them, we save them, and sometimes we work on them. What if we saw how vitally important our goals really are? What if we acted relentlessly on our plan to achieve them?

This could help: make your goals noble. Strive to accomplish something so big that the world is a better place and you are a better person.

What could be more satisfying that improving health, establishing peace, and encouraging love by achieving your goals.

-- Doug Smith

Monday, March 13, 2017

Develop Your People

You can't build a great team without developing your people.

Find them the right projects. Get them sufficient training. Coach them everyday.

What is a high performance leaders most important job? Developing your people!

-- Doug Smith

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to bring fast, affordable leadership training to your location

Supervising for Success
Developing your front line leadership skills

Two things happen when you are promoted to supervisor. First, you lose your team's best technical performer (because that was you!) and second, you are thrust into a job that requires a completely new set of skills. 

Working side-by-side and setting a great example with customers is a good place to start, but supervisors and managers need so much more. In this in-person workshop you will explore, discover, and practice these key leadership skills:

  • Develop leadership capacity, strength and flexibility
  • Set and achieve your supervisory goals
  • Handle critical conversations confidently
  • Build collaborative, cohesive, results-based teams
  • Develop more motivation in yourself, your team members, and your colleagues
  • Delegate work that develops your team
  • Improve productivity
  • Coach to improve performance
  • Facilitate highly productive meetings
  • Solve team problems collaboratively
  • Practice preventing and responding to your most common supervisory challenges
  • Plan, align, and prioritize your work to optimize your results

What to ExpectYou’ll take advantage of your natural gifts and strengths while developing the ability to grow and utilize the other essential leadership skills.

Who Should Attend

Supervisors, front line leaders, and team members preparing to move into leadership. 

Length of Program 

One day accelerated overview, or
Two-day intensive with more practice developing the skills you need most.

For more information on how to bring this workshop to your location, please contact me:

Move Ahead

The right goal needs no justification.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Motivate Your Goals

Find encouragement for your goals but don't wait for it to find you.

You're in charge of your own motivation.

-- Doug Smith

Teleclass Special: 30 minutes / $30

30 minutes / $30 Limited Time Special

Focused, fast teleclasses that focus on skills, processes, and tools you can put to use immediately. Listen anywhere you have a phone. Share your connection if you like. Take notes and participate in the lively conversation. Set a goal for the leadership skill you're working on and ask follow-up questions on the call, at our blog, or during a follow-up coaching call.

You can also schedule a teleclass for your group or yourself or attend one that's already on our public schedule. 30/30 Teleclasses help you get the training you need, at a price that you can afford. No travel, no trouble, no technological meltdowns. Just no-nonsense training over your telephone.

Here is a sampling of the teleclasses available for your fast, affordable training:

Ten Keys to Leadership Success

Explore ten key ways to quickly improve your leadership performance. But it's more than a list. You'll also hear how to implement these keys in your leadership role. Perfect for new leaders and people who have recently been promoted to leadership (or expect to be soon!) And, even if you're NOT a new leader, it's never too late to get yourself on track for truly high performance leadership.

How to Achieve Your Goals

Discover a five-step process for achieving your leadership goals. In thirty fast minutes you'll be on your way to setting and achieving high performance goals. The hand-out is filled with information and activities that will direct you toward a faster, much more fun path toward achieving your goals.

CLUES to Communication Success

Effective communication is at the heart of high performance leadership. In this fast-paced teleclass you'll explore five keys to creating deeper conversations, more productive meetings, and more powerful presentations.

What if your whole team improved their communication skills? Wouldn't that improve your results and make your workplace friendlier and more engaged? Why not invite your whole team to attend this key teleclass. The content in this is so vital, so invigorating, and so useful that I include it in many of my in-person workshops because once you've mastered this, all of the other tasks of leadership get much easier.

How to Be a Better Boss

High performance leaders understand and develop five core strengths. Discover how you can make the most of your core strengths and find better balance as a leader.

Speak and act with courage.
Connect and express with creativity.
Analyze and improve clarity.
Seek and share compassion.

See what these core leadership strengths have in common with four typical personality styles and how you can make the most of where you are already strong without letting it get in the way of your leadership for others. We could spend two DAYS on this -- you'll get a grip on it in 30 minutes.

How to Motivate Your Team

Do you ever struggle with people on your team who don't feel as motivated as you need them to be? It's not a lost cause - there are things that you as a leader can do to spark more motivation and develop a key sense of identify and belonging in your team that will deliver better results and retain your best team members.

Motivate your poor performers. Motivate your superstars. Motivate your team. Listen in and find out how.

Delegating With Confidence

High performance leaders get great amounts of results through other people. But, how do you delegate when it seems so hard? How do you develop the skill and confidence it take to delegate effectively? It's not magic, yet it is critically important.

Delegate to reluctant team members. Delegate to peers (I call it "shared work"). Even delegate to your boss (surprised? she may love it!)

Find out how to delegate painlessly and with confidence.

Improving Performance Now!

You've got important leadership goals. As a team, you represented a collection of resources, training, feedback, communication, motivation, and more. How do you plan, staff, and resource your team so that improved performance is not only possible, but inevitable? Explore what I call the Development Engine and bring your team what it needs to do its best.

Time Management Now!

This started out as a two-day time management seminar and people kept telling me "do it faster, we don't have time!" So it became a one-day time management workshop and guess what people said? "Do it faster, we don't have time!". Well, do you have a half-hour to dramatically improve your time management skills? Keep a pen and paper close by, because you won't want to miss a minute of this!

Solving Leadership Problems

What keeps you awake at night? I used to hate that question because the list was long! Performance problems, people problems, process problems, what's a supervisor to do?  Find out here. See how the simple tool of MindMapping can be used to analyze the root cause of a problem and deploy your top five core leadership strengths in solving that problem, once and for all!

Managing Multiple Priorities

Does it seem like everything is due at once? Is your work area a little piece of chaos? Do you feel like you are over-whelmed? Find out how to create the positive force of alignment in your work that will help you get more done, and the important work first.

The work is waiting for you. Why not discover how to prioritize in ways that makes your life easier and your boss happier?

What Do You Say?

Learning is my life, and I've noticed that many people learn great audibly. Put those ears to work and shorten your learning curve to a manageable, pain-free alternative. Less trouble, less time, less money. Just great learning. You might even still have time for lunch!

Doug contemplates a shiny object while multitasking on the phone.

Take Ten

Take any ten different teleclasses from us and earn our High Performance Leadership Teleclass Certificate of Achievement. Suitable for framing, it'll look great on your wall!

Teleclass Advantages

Go for it. Listen while you do what you need to do. Jump in when you have a question or key point when feel like sharing. We're not here to judge. We're here to provide fast, affordable leadership training.

Worn out by webinars? 
Listen, I love webinars and attend them all the time.  I also teach using webinars and use all the tools. But seriously, sometimes don't you feel like the electronic tools get in the way? Are you ever frustrated by all of the technology involved? What if you JUST WANT TO LEARN THE LEADERSHIP SKILL YOU NEED THIS WEEK? Take the trouble out of the training and learn in a way many people learn best: audibly and by taking notes.

Cheaper for you, cheaper for me. 
Webinar platforms cost bucks. Do you want to pay for that, or do you want fast, affordable training you'll put to use the same day you cover it? That's what I thought!

What about the visuals?
I get it. All of us who are blessed with sight learn visually. It's an important part of our portfolio of tools. And when we need the visuals, I'll point you to a place to find them. Prepare ahead of the teleclass by downloading any relevant visual materials. Print them out if you want. They make a great  place to take notes -- and they're free with the teleclass.

Want to Share?
Absolutely. We learn faster when we collaborate on our learn. So, invite a friend. Invite a whole room full of friends and associates -- there's no extra price. It's the same price per connection no matter how many people you invite.

What if My Friends Are In Different Locations?
You still can't beat the price: $30 per connection.

How to Optimize Your Teleclass Experience

  • Show up, ready to go, on time.
  • Keep a notebook and be ready to take copious notes.
  • Invite a friend (or more, hey even a whole conference room full if you like) to share your learning and to partner on the optional post-call learning activities.
  • Submit your most compelling questions about the topic before the teleclass. We'll make sure to answer your questions!
  • Download and use the free learner's guide that comes with many of our teleclasses. 
30 minutes / $30 Limited Time Special. Prices subject to change and availability.

To schedule a teleclass, please contact me at: