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Archive for April, 2010

Don’t Grow it Alone

April 29, 2010
Don’t Grow it Alone

It’s your business. You are the final decision maker. You are accountable to the board, or perhaps there is no board and you are the founder/owner. So where do you go when you need advice? Have you established a mastermind group or advisory board? Do you really have “all the answers?” Who questions your answers? […]

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Purposeful Obfuscation

April 27, 2010
Purposeful Obfuscation

Leaders often make the mistake of trying to leave room for creativity by being less than clear on the goals they wish to achieve or the mission they intend to accomplish. Call it “purposeful obfuscation.” I’m sure the idea is to not be too prescriptive in their directions, thus leaving room for interpretation. Good intentions […]

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Vacation . . .

April 22, 2010
Vacation . . .

There’s a 17 month old boy running around our vacation home. He is just full of joy and curiosity. Everything is exciting and needs to have a word attached to it. He is adding words to his vocabulary at an amazing rate. The adults seem not to be able to move fast enough to “baby […]

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The “Taxed Enough Already” folks have it wrong . . .

April 20, 2010
The “Taxed Enough Already” folks have it wrong . . .

Depending on your point of view, we in the USA are either cruelly over taxed or don’t pay our fair share of Federal Taxes. The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party crew thinks we are over taxed. I like to make sure I take advantage of all the tax breaks I can find, but in the […]

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You CAN motivate me.

April 8, 2010
You CAN motivate me.

How giving workers autonomy at the NUMMI plant translated to quality manufacturing, here in the US with American workers using Toyota techniques.

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You can NOT motivate me

April 6, 2010
You can NOT motivate me

“I know you keep trying. And I know somehow, it isn’t working. You keep fiddling around the edges trying to figure out what will motivate me to do what YOU want. Stop breaking your pick on this. You can’t motivate me. There’s only one person who can motivate me and that’s ME. You are not […]

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