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The Thing About Risks

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Thing About Risks

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing […]

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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Manufacturing in the U.S.

February 8, 2017 0 Comments
Manufacturing in the U.S.

Over the holidays a couple of years ago, I was able to tour the Henry Ford museum. It was fascinating to see all the engineering of machinery on display. I was reminded of this as I browsed through some images on my PC. Can’t Go Back Last week’s post discussed (once again) the issues around […]

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Leadership Imperative

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership Imperative

The past does not help predict the future. Why? It’s simple. Nothing is really quite the same as it was in the past. And, we like to lament, our world is getting ever more complex at an accelerating pace. We, the curious, hairless apes, seem bent on accelerating that complexity even faster. We cannot help ourselves—we […]

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Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

Here’s the story. I was fixing our breakfast when my wife asked why I wasn’t using the microwave egg poaching device she had recently purchased as a gift for me. Well, frankly, I had forgotten about it and had strong reservations about its efficacy. So I wasn’t all that interested in trying it out. Maybe I […]

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Leaders of Hope

December 7, 2016 0 Comments
Leaders of Hope

The Swamp of Innovation It’s hard to remember that our task is to drain the swamp when the alligators of failure keep taking bites out of our hope and persistence. We all know the story of Edison and his 10,000 tries to find the right construction for the light bulb enclosure and filament. How does […]

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Leading Forward

November 23, 2016 0 Comments
Leading Forward

I’ve heard it said that if you aren’t moving your organization forward, you’re dying. There is no such thing as standing still. Can’t Go Backwards The reason that you can’t go backwards is simple. You are not the same person. Your organization is not the same organization. The marketplace has moved on. Your customers have […]

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The Devil is in the Details

September 14, 2016 0 Comments
The Devil is in the Details

Yep, the devil is in the details. Meaning what, exactly? What are your intentions when you speak those words out loud or mumble them to yourself? If you’re reminding yourself that you haven’t thought this project through enough to understand what’s involved, then fine. If you’re sounding a cautionary note for me, as a would […]

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But Not My Job

September 7, 2016 0 Comments
But Not My Job

So here’s an interesting thing. It seems, according to a Pew Research Center Survey on Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation, that YOUR job is going to be replaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence) within the next 50 years. However, MY job will be around. At least, according to the survey, that’s how people are […]

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A Conundrum

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
A Conundrum

Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question. Be Careful What You Ask For This falls into the “be careful what you ask for” column. This morning I was listening to a podcast about the economics of the movement for a $15/Hr. minimum wage. The movement has gained a bit of momentum and has the […]

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