My Final Blog Post

Greetings! This is my last blog post... under the brand of Mark Abbott & Associates. For a host of reasons I won’t bore you with, we are transitioning our brand from Mark Abbott & Associates to VTH Partners, AND we have added some new services, resources, and capabilities to our offering. More on all that in the not-too-distant future. Why the brand transition? What we do isn’t about me. It’s 110% about our clients. And at the foundation of everything we do lies our unrelenting passion for helping our clients master what we … [Read more...]

Traction Stuff: Why A Scorecard Is Critical To Your Company’s Success

Imagine you’re the head coach of a basketball team and you get ejected during a really important game.  The good news is you can coach from the locker room.  The bad news is you won't have access to the scoreboard or any data.  Did your job just get tougher?  Absolutely. Or picture a plane flying from London to New York City.  A couple of hours out, way over the Atlantic Ocean, the captain announces, “I’ve got bad news and good news.  The bad news is only one of our plane’s gauges is working, and not only are we hopelessly lost, but I have … [Read more...]

New Blog Series: Getting and Sustaining Traction

For months now, I have been writing a series of blogs describing the basics associated with getting the “People Stuff” right. The People series followed another series of blogs describing the basics associated with getting everyone on the “Same Page.” Today’s blog marks the begging of a new series on the basics associated with getting and sustaining “Traction.” At the risk of stating the obvious, I wrote the Same Page series first because we have a better shot at attracting and retaining great people if we are offering meaningful work that … [Read more...]

People Stuff: The Sum of the Parts and Developmental Feedback

What really distinguishes A Players, B Players, C Players, and D Players? Generally speaking, and there are always exceptions, it's skills and experiences versus passion. A Players are not only great at all facets of their roles, but they tend to love them all. B Players are generally really good at their roles and like them, but they aren’t as passionate about getting better or being the best. C players are typically OK at best, but their indifference tends to bring down the energy within their organizations. And as shared in a … [Read more...]

People Stuff: The Seven Ingredients of a Gorgeous Accountability Chart

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Steve Jobs Thank you, Steve Jobs. I love great design. The first career I considered, besides being an astronaut, was architecture. While I know that great designers have been around for centuries, I believe Steve Jobs deserves some credit for bringing great design to the “masses” (that word seems pejorative but I could not find a better word). The beauty of great design is the marriage of form, function, and simplicity. When achieved, great design is simply elegant. As I say quite … [Read more...]