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Tag: Management

Shipshape

December 12, 2018
Shipshape

Experience: There is a saying about sailing that goes something like this: “Sailing is hours and hours of boredom punctuated by minutes of sheer terror.” In my experience, that is pretty much true. Moreover, while I am familiar with sailboats, my brother is an expert on all things marine. When I asked him about his […]

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Half Baked

April 25, 2018 0 Comments
Half Baked

The Test: My wife does a fair amount of baking. I noticed that when she is baking a cake or bread, she will sometimes stick a sharp knife (like a paring knife) or a toothpick into the cake when the timer indicates that the cake is supposed to be “done.” Sometimes, after doing this, she […]

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It Takes a Crisis

March 28, 2018 0 Comments
It Takes a Crisis

Crisis: Many attribute the statement, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” to Winston Churchill. His statement was meant to point out that a good politician will know how to address a crisis in such a way as to turn it to political advantage. I’m not sure that things always work out for politicians […]

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Unused Assets

March 21, 2018 0 Comments
Unused Assets

Sackett’s Harbor NY: In a “previous life,” my wife (and business partner) and I had the great fortune to own a very nice sailing vessel on Lake Ontario. We considered it a major asset. A big investment. Many of you know that the sailing season is short on Lake Ontario. But we made the most […]

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A Leader Is Always On Parade

January 3, 2018 0 Comments
A Leader Is Always On Parade

What you do. . . speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. One of my mentors during my corporate days used to say that, “What interests my boss absolutely fascinates me!” And over the years I have said to several mentees, “Watch what your leader does. What she spends her time on, what […]

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Sunk Cost Trap

December 13, 2017 0 Comments
Sunk Cost Trap

Social Media: I was listening to a podcast on technology and the speaker was complaining about how difficult it was for him to “quit Facebook.” He felt as though he has spent so much of his time building up a great Facebook network of friends and family, that it would be “wrong” to quit. He […]

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Premortem

August 2, 2017 0 Comments
Premortem

Chrystal Ball Many of us have heard about doing a postmortem on projects, initiatives and business plans. After implementation, we are interested in determining what went right and what went sideways. Perhaps fewer of us have heard about a premortem. In its simplest form, a premortem is planning ahead for a disaster.  Those of us […]

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Overshoot

July 26, 2017 0 Comments
Overshoot

Geek Out <Geek Speak> Warning, a bit of geek speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a […]

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What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

June 28, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

Robots or Cobots? As many of you know, long before the mainstream business press jumped on the topic, I was fretting over the possibility of a major change in our economy. That change is, in my mind, driven by a lack of jobs due to automation. So will we lose the jobs or will we […]

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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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