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Relating to Different Age Cycles

In the last column, Strauss and Howe’s theory of history repeating itself every fourth generation was discussed. Those generations, Hero, Silent, Prophet, and Nomad, have different values and driving forces. We like to say we treat all employees the same … Continue reading

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Cycles of Behavior

Some books are entertaining and some are profound which cause us to think. A good example of the latter is The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Stowe published in 1997. The authors provide food for thought on how … Continue reading

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Workplace Behavior

Have you ever had sleepless nights stewing over “office politics”? I have, plenty of times, while working for large organizations. An old saying notes that little people don’t become big by putting others down, but little people keep trying.  Work … Continue reading

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Leadership or Management?

  A friend gave me a hard time this week because I alluded in the last column that the term, manager, is outmoded and we should look instead to become leaders. Yet, in the citation of my name and position, … Continue reading

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Distributed Leadership

Today’s organizations cannot afford management; they need leadership! That needed leadership is not exclusive to those on the top of the organization chart but lies with each and every employee. Empowerment is a popular buzzword but deployment is typically a … Continue reading

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Embracing a Culture of Innovation

The next big thing is unlikely to come from the same organization that brought us today’s big thing. Innovation usually comes from without. For example, at one time IBM and the “seven dwarfs” (Burroughs, CDC, GE, Honeywell, NCR, Univac, and … Continue reading

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Developing an Empowered Organization

Times are changing and management/decision making must change with it. This means that decisions quite often must be made immediately and at the point of contact with the customer. Don’t you get upset when you negotiate an agreement with someone … Continue reading

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Take a Strategic Inventory of Your Organization

After 29 years, Jeopardy is still the number 2 game show on television and enjoys 25 million visitors each week. What is the secret to their success? I am sure there are many reasons but one that I believe to … Continue reading

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Business Self Analysis

Physician, heal thyself! Does this wonderful phrase apply in business? It is easy to be critical of others and their organizations, but do you really look at your own operation in detail to see where you are headed? The hardest … Continue reading

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The Make-up of a Basic Business Plan

The most often question I hear from people who want to start a business is, “Where can I get the money to fund it?” A friend says the only free money comes from the three “Fs”–families, friends, or fools. I … Continue reading

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