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Archive for September, 2009

The first shot . . .

September 30, 2009
The first shot . . .

The best thought out, highly strategic and fully communicated battle plan will undoubtedly be re-drawn once the first shot is fired. It’s just the way things work. Rarely (if ever) do we execute a business plan without making significant adjustments from the original. What I’m observing now is that many business leaders have concluded that they […]

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Entitlement . . .

September 29, 2009
Entitlement . . .

I have, from time-to-time, been dragged into a conversation around a corporation’s responsibility toward employees with respect to reductions in force. The implication is that corporations fire people too easily. I don’t think so. The playing field is not even in the sense that employees believe they need only give the employer two weeks notice […]

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In the long run . . .

September 28, 2009
In the long run . . .

I remember several company leaders making the statement that “In the long run, there is no long run.” This was said in the context of getting everyone to feel a sense of urgency around making the numbers for the month or quarter. I have always been uncomfortable with this approach. It seems to me that such […]

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Placing your bets . . .

September 25, 2009
Placing your bets . . .

Time to get your brightest and best employees and colleagues together to brainstorm transforming your business for the next decade.

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Roast Beef Theory . . .

September 24, 2009
Roast Beef Theory . . .

A newly married couple was beginning their first Sunday meal together. The young woman began preparing a wonderful roast of beef while the man was preparing the vegetables. As they worked, the man noticed that the wife sliced off both ends of the roast and then rolled it in spiced flour. Curious, he questioned her, […]

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Our highly visible President . . .

September 23, 2009
Our highly visible President . . .

I’ve been listening to the talking heads on the news (I don’t watch TV much any more, I download Pod-Casts of selected news broadcasts and listen on my schedule). One of my favorite political commentators is George Will. He’s been complaining lately that our President is way too visible. He’s tired of seeing him – […]

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More on violence in the workplace . . .

September 22, 2009
More on violence in the workplace . . .

In a previous post I mentioned incivility and a growing concern for violence in the workplace. An now there is the horrid news of the plight of Anne Lee who was allegedly murdered by a co-worker at a Yale University Laboratory. While homicides in the workplace are not common, violence in the workplace is on […]

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The Road to Hell . . .

September 21, 2009
The Road to Hell . . .

There is a vast difference between decision and execution. It’s fine to make the decision to “do something,” it’s quite another thing to actually see that it gets done.

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Book Review: The Triple Bottom Line by Andrew W. Savitz

September 10, 2009
Book Review: The Triple Bottom Line by Andrew W. Savitz

It’s time to pull Savitz’s book off the shelf and re-read it! This 2006 book is more relevant now than ever and the surviving companies of this present economic reset will be employing many of the ideas discussed in the Triple Bottom Line. What is the “Triple Bottom Line (TBL)?” Savitz claims that we will […]

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