K.I.S.S Me! (Keep it Simple and Short!)

Kiss me, is what I was thinking during a teleconference at work.  You ever have those moments?

Those long lagging discussions that build… and build…  Is this a good use of my time, our time? Anticipation of a wanting, that  just keeps getting delayed… and delayed.  Didn’t we already discuss this?   The moment of conclusion is ahead and within reach… just need to stretch out and touch it….  WHAT? Another follow-up call ?


Understandably most HR managers and Lawyers out there are cringing.  The K.I.S.S me reference however isn’t a literal one, it is an abbreviation for Keep It Simple & Short (or the last S as Stupid although let’s keep it politically correct). 

I am going through a period of time at work when I am in meetings for more than 75% of my day.   This begs the question are all these meetings productive?  Each meeting has a goal to provide; information sharing, relationship building, decision-making, consensus/agreement or implementation/roll-out.  Sometime the goal isn’t overly fruitful to me, but it’s a goal for someone else and its important  respect others.

So how can we get to that lingering K.I.S.S moment that satisfies all partners?  The answer is… keep those meetings specific to the goal and manage expectations up front for the goal of the meeting.  Sometimes meetings lead to other discussions and considerations that require follow-up, that is okay!   Sometimes it takes the building of activities for the key goal of the meeting.  What’s important is that you set the K.I.S.S criteria up front by Keeping it Simple & Short.  Before you know it, you will be in receipt of those great K.I.S.S moments, and honestly who doesn’t enjoy a good kiss?


Yoda and Project Management

I have been working in the project management for many years.   In the end, it always comes down to Star Wars not just in the movies but also in management.

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Skywalker: Yoda teach me the ways of the force (aka project management).

Yoda: To the end you must seek, prepare and find your answers.

Skywalker: I want to be a Jedi like my father.

Yoda: A Jedi you want, you’ll get there – um? Concentrate and trust your instincts, you must.

Skywalker: How do I know I am on the right path? My father turned to the dark side.

Yoda:  Train you will and stronger you become.  Powerful is the force, find it’s use for you.


1) Start with the end in mind and work backwards

2) Plan to the goal

3) Review and monitor your progress

4) Nothing is simple or black & white, learn and adjust – respect all experiences

5) Keep going forward

Yoda: May the force be with you!

SS: Be the water Not the Rock

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I received this helpful advise many years ago from a former colleague, it is proving to be apropos lately, so on behalf of Sharing Saturday:

– When you’ve been waiting for a specific parking space and another car cuts you off to get in the space. (This could be specific to any traffic situation – but darn you lady at the local Target!!)


– When your watching your favorite TV program and the cable and/or satellite signal goes out.  (OR when your DVR messes up –  Come on!  Where are we with Once Upon a Time – who is the writer dude and what’s with the well ???)


– When someone at work criticizes your performance over something you have no control over. (Seriously, I didn’t develop this process you did – it’s an ineffective process!)


– When you discover your new favorite sweater that you’ve been wearing all day has a hole in it.  (It’s a hole in the seam, but still that bites!)

BE THE WATER NOT THE ROCK – basically it’s not the end of the world, just keep on going…