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Learning to See Complexity

March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Learning to See Complexity

Look and See: (This is the first of a four part series on complexity.) A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—digital photography. That habit is try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but to […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

February 1, 2017 5 Comments
I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

And I’m not feeling at all guilty about it. For more than 3 decades, I spent my professional career in the semiconductor business. I worked for large, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturers. Arguably, semiconductor product development, specifically Integrated Circuits (IC), is what has driven the technology advances that have enabled job loss in the manufacturing sector. In […]

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Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

August 31, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry […]

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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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Hire When You Find Them

July 13, 2016 0 Comments
Hire When You Find Them

Much has been said recently about the dichotomy in our U.S. workforce. We seem to have a significant level of unemployed and “under employed” people, but a shortage of the folks we want/need. Ever since the great recession, folks have been worried about who to hire and when. In my view, this question has always […]

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Contingent

June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Contingent

Contingent: 1.) subject to chance. 2.) occurring or existing only if certain other circumstances are the case; dependent on. “Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have […]

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Remembering Winter – Fondly!

February 10, 2016 0 Comments
Remembering Winter – Fondly!

We grew up in the Northeastern part of the United States of America: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York (up-state, Syracuse area). Our daughter is living in the Boston, MA area and sent this beautiful picture (today, 2/5/2016) of the sunset after a fine winter snow storm. And it caused a flood of memories that of course, merged […]

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Backwards on the Vacation Thing

August 5, 2015 0 Comments
Backwards on the Vacation Thing

I beg your indulgence. I am going to get to the vacation thing, but first a few other thoughts to put this all in context. We are told, I think correctly, that to be great leaders we need to build a safe environment for our people. What that means is that everyone is treated with […]

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Millennials? No. It’s More

May 13, 2015 0 Comments
Millennials? No. It’s More

I attended a networking meeting not long ago. It’s one I frequently attend. There are many senior executives at this meeting, some are employers, some are working executives and some are folks in transition. It’s always an interesting group. For the second time in a row though, the question of “What is wrong with the Millennial […]

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