Monthly Archives: December 2019

Getting Stuck on the Flagpole

by on Dec 12, 2019 1:26 PM

we’ve always done it this way

Addressing the “But we’ve always done it this way” mentality can be difficult, especially when employees are well trained to follow a specific business process.


One of my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season is “A Christmas Story” about a young boy’s experience growing up in the 1940’s. The most memorable moment of the film for me is when, during recess in the schoolyard, Ralphie & his friends “triple-dog-dare” classmate Flick to stick his tongue on a frozen flagpole. Guess what happens next? Just as Flick realizes that he’s stuck, the recess bell rings. Frantically, Flick calls for help as he sees his cohorts fleeing the yard. Ralphie turns to Flick, shrugs his shoulders, responds in a serious tone, “But the bell rang!” and then trudges back into school. Poor Flick is left all alone in the schoolyard stuck to the flagpole.

Ralphie and his schoolmates were so well trained by the bell that they couldn’t see what was happening in the moment. Best expressed by Ralphie, they didn’t realize that the extraordinary situation in front of them countermanded the common rule.

This comical scene reminded me of business situations in which the “But the bell rang!” response could have easily been translated into “But we’ve always done it this way.”

In companies, more likely in the Finance, Operations & HR departments, we sometimes get stuck in our processes. How many opportunities have been missed or innovative ideas squashed because of people’s gut reactions due to rules or set procedures? Moreover, how many times are we oblivious or even indifferent to unique circumstances that should prompt us to take a step back, assess, and adjust our thinking? Perhaps my most intriguing question is, how many times are we just following blindly?

In this ever-evolving era, businesses can’t afford to run away when the bell rings. Playing it safe doesn’t always mean better. The next time you hear someone or catch yourself muttering, “But we’ve always done it this way”, I challenge you to think of Ralphie & Flick. Now might be the time to get unstuck. If you’d like to learn more, Contact Us for a consultation.

About Andrea Grubb

Andrea Grubb is the Chief Integrator Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People

Utilizing the Power of Choice in Business

by on Dec 5, 2019 10:52 AM

Utilizing the Power of Choice in Business

Let’s examine the power of choice as it relates to our business and personal lives. One of the greatest benefits of my business is that I get to work with talented people who are part of Trilogy’s Alliance Partner team. Our seasoned Alliance Partners deliver high-touch, quality, personal service to support our clients’ needs. I’m excited to share my thoughts on The Power of Choice written by Denise Yosafat, a member of our team.

Making choices in one’s life can be daunting. I’ve seen people, including myself, stall at moving forward out of fear of possible repercussions. In business, especially, making the wrong choice can be devastating. So how do you get over the fear while ensuring that your choice is sound?

In her book, Denise surmises that making a choice involves a process of logical steps which ironically spell the word CHOICE. By stepping through each one, she contends that people can gain confidence and assuredness in their decision making.

6 Steps in the Power of Choice

C: Conscious of the problem you want to solve or change you want to make, and WHY

H: Hopeful of what you want to achieve

O: Open to different ways to do it

I: Informed about the different possibilities

C: Conclusive of what possibilities to pursue

E: Executed into action, tracked, and adjusted as needed

By using these steps, one can shift perspective and achieve the power to make the choice rather than experience fear and anxiety from the choice.

I found this process to be intriguing so I practiced it with a recent difficult business decision. The steps allowed me to see where I would normally get “stuck.” I was able to break the habit and move forward feeling empowered. What a powerful tool to use.

If you are interested in learning more and/or purchasing The Power of Choice, contact Trilogy Partners at

About Hal Levenson

Hal Levenson is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People.