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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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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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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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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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Pinnacle Leadership

January 18, 2017 0 Comments
Pinnacle Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this fifth and final post in this series, I discuss the Personhood or Pinnacle level of leadership. Pinnacle […]

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People Development Leadership

January 11, 2017 0 Comments
People Development Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the fourth of the five and we will explore the last level in our […]

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Production Leadership

January 4, 2017 0 Comments
Production Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the third of the five and we will explore the rest over the next several […]

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Permission Leadership

December 28, 2016 0 Comments
Permission Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the second of the five and we will explore the rest over the next several […]

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Position Leadership

December 21, 2016 0 Comments
Position Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the first of the five and we will explore each over the next […]

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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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