Monthly Archives: June 2017

Make It Manageable

Running a marathon is an exercise in perseverance. The only way to make it to the finish is to understand in advance that, at some point, this is really going to hurt. It helps to study the route in advance so you know what to expect, and it’s important to set a pace that will […]

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Getting Back On The Horse

This may be a bit of an Americanism — cowboys and the Old West and all that — but the concept is universal: if you fall off the horse, you need to get back on it to keep moving forward. That’s important, because any organization that is going to try new things, to encourage innovation […]

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It’s Tough to Build a Team

In “Building Effective Teams Isn’t Rocket Science, But It’s Just as Hard,” former Campbell Soup CEO and president Douglas Conant reminds us that putting teams together might be easy, but putting effective teams together is hard. His four key suggestions are: – Hire Highly Effective Team Members (so when you hire employees, look for teamwork […]

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What’s The Point If You Cannot Make A Point?

I once heard a great philosopher (I think it was Jerry Seinfeld) say that research has shown the #1 fear people have is public speaking; #2 is dying. “That means,” he said, “that most people would rather be the guest of honor at a funeral than the one giving the eulogy.” A bit extreme? Perhaps. […]

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What Happens To The Others?

When we look at organizational change and innovative processes, we focus on the benefits for our business. But what happens to the people who don’t fit into those new ideas? Change is often not going to be positive for everyone. A few years ago, Hong Kong changed their education system, and whereas before they would […]

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Control Your Agenda

Friday evening you look at your calendar for the next week before heading out for a well-deserved couple of days off. When the next week actually begins, that calendar changes completely. Why? Because others are controlling your agenda. Do you see things start to pile up in the late afternoon, with requests coming in as […]

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Grease the Wheels, Don’t Jam Them Up

Friction is how your brakes slow your car, so you can bet that friction will put the brakes on your workplace, too. By “friction,” we are not just talking about bad feelings and awkward silences between people, though that is certainly one form of it. What we mean instead is anything in your working environment […]

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Giving Something Back

Companies take corporate social responsibility (CSR) quite seriously these days, for a variety of reasons. It’s not uncommon to select a charity to support throughout the year or have a “day of service” where you send your employees out for some volunteer effort. Your employees or their families may be very passionate about certain causes, […]

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Making Babies. Or Not.

In most industrialized countries, the replacement birth rate is about 2.0 children per woman. In essence, that means that when the two parents die, they leave two kids behind to replace them. In lesser developed countries, the necessary replacement rate may be higher due to higher infant mortality rates, but generally speaking when we talk […]

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