January 14, 2011

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The Impact of Emotions on Business

If I asked you would you take $100 from me with no strings attached in 1 year or instead take $110 in 1 year and 2 days what which would you pick? 95% of people asked would wait the 2 extra days and take the $110. Why not? An extra $10 in only 2 days. […]

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January 3, 2011

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Building the Right Team

In a previous blog I spoke about how important is in in getting the right people in the right seats of the bus. This of course is an analogy of putting the traditional organization structure aside and placing people in jobs or requirements that align fulfilling immediate needs. The bigger mission is how to build a great […]

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December 20, 2010

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Performance Reviews

There was an article in yesterday’s NY Times about the pitfalls of personal performance reviews written by Samuel Culbert. The article argues that performance reviews are unnecessary and, in fact Culbert wants them “put out of their misery”. http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/109343/yes-everyone-really-does-hate-performance-reviews?mod=career-worklife_balance I have a few issues with Culbert’s message he is sending. While he does raise a […]

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December 11, 2010

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Skills You Need Today

With unemployment hovering around 10% the latest thinking suggest that while the unemployment rate will get better many people that were unemployable during the recession will continue to be afterward. There are a lot of companies that have figured out how to do without skills they had that now through automation, outsourcing, and strategic partnerships […]

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November 29, 2010

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USPS – The Real Lesson

THE HEADLINE The U.S. Postal Service would cut Saturday mail delivery starting in the first half of 2011 under a plan the agency will give its regulator tomorrow. The Postal Service, which forecasts a $238 billion budget deficit by 2020, says it would save about $3.3 billion in the first year from eliminating deliveries on […]

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November 14, 2010

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The Power of Confidence

I was listening to a news report today about the economy and there was a reference to the consumer confidence index. The analyst giving the report was explaining how when confidence is higher the more spending will occur at both the consumer and corporate level. What’s interesting is that there isn’t a quantifiable relationship between […]

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November 9, 2010

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Profiling Candidates and Employees

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Profiling can be a useful way to improve your odds of putting the right people in the right seats on the bus. In the book “Good To Great” Jim Collins refers to this as one of the attributes of great companies. It is essential in building high performance team for the long haul as well […]

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November 2, 2010

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Important Lesson from Joe and Pat

I tend to be a good shopper. I was taught well. Look for deals, use the internet and look at most purchases as a business transaction. For most purchases value is defined for me as a low price. I actually have a lot of pride and get significant satisfaction when I find a deal. Although […]

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October 22, 2010

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Practice Makes Perfect

With all the challenges of our time seeing success – that is successful people and successful businesses takes on a different meaning today than they use to. To be successful today appears to take a bit more, requires better navigation, anticipation, forecast more accurately, and better balance decisions for risk and reward. Consider for a […]

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October 11, 2010

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Rethinking the Recovery

The good news is the recession is just about over! The bad news is the recession is just about over… It has been several months since I posted my last blog update and I apologize. I have received a few emails making this point and wondering what has been going on. Well here it goes. […]

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