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Chef’s Garden

September 5, 2018
Chef’s Garden

The Garden is Well Planned:  During a recent conference, I had the opportunity to visit the Chef’s Garden. It was a working garden for sure. By that I mean that the Chef used the produce and herbs in her recipes.I’m guessing that the Chef also supplemented her yield with commercial herbs and produce since the […]

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Employees First

May 30, 2018 0 Comments
Employees First

Customers First? I have heard it so many times: “customers come first,” or “we are customer centric.” My observation is that this isn’t right. Employees have to come first. I believe that, for the most part, our employees will treat our customers the way we treat them. As Richard Branson, Virgin Group, says, “Happy employees […]

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Industry Experience

October 11, 2017 0 Comments
Industry Experience

Catch 22? Have you noticed that many job postings lay out a list of skills and also require, say, five years of industry experience? Ever wonder how the heck a college graduate manages to get hired? Do you assume they worked their way through school? Or perhaps you look for a valuable and long internship […]

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Safety

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Safety

Playing it Safe According to Bill Taylor, founding editor of FastCompany magazine, playing it safe may be the riskiest path of all for your organization. Safety can be a trap, in that you never move forward. Two activities in my past are sailing and rock climbing. When a storm approaches, large ships move out to […]

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Drucker and Fields It’s my understanding that Management Guru Peter Drucker coined the phrase “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” I also understand that Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, made it popular. All of which is fine with me. What I know from experience is Drucker’s statement is absolutely true. And I will be so bold […]

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Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

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Uber and Out

June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Uber and Out

Culture Trumps Everything Yes, culture trumps everything AND . . . money still talks. On Tuesday, 6/20/17, Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber resigned, as CEO. He had taken a leave of absence the week prior, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy those wanting to protect their investment in Uber. So, while Kalanick will remain […]

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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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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Authentic Leadership

November 11, 2015 0 Comments
Authentic Leadership

I’m intrigued by a book titled “Leadership BS.” The premise is that much of the “stuff” we read in the leadership industry (and it is a huge industry) is bunk. Why? Because globally, leadership skills are obviously horrible. If they weren’t we’d have wonderful companies, mostly engaged employees, happy constituents and an amazingly advanced technological […]

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