Improving Workforce Effectiveness

Basic Business Cents Improving Workforce Effectiveness Are you proud of your workforce? Could they do better? Of course, none of us are perfect. So, how do we get from our present state to the new improved desired state? Would you believe the federal government can help? The National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency…
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Teams That Get Results

Basic Business Cents Teams That Get Results Why is it that some teams get results effectively and efficiently and others just waste our time? Could it be that they are organized? Could it be that they have a process? Could it be that they have effective leadership? Could it be that they share a mutual…
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Tenets To Live By

Just as business organizations need Operating Principles to guide behavior of employees, individuals benefit with a documented set of principles, developed by them, for them. As we journey through our career and personal life, we need beliefs and principles to guide us through challenging times and good times. Following are tenets, which I have found…
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Qualities Of An Exceptional Leader, Part VI

The last few articles have discussed the Leadership requirements in the Qualities of an Exceptional Leader. This article will focus on two other requirements, Direction and Action.   Direction is composed of four components—Aim, Planning, Implementation, and Review.   Strategy, like leadership, is an elusive concept. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines it as “the science and art”…
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Additional Key Elements Of Leadership: Theory Of Knowledge And Psychology

 Basic Business Cents   The fourth component of leadership is Theory of Knowledge. Leaders need to understand how people learn.   Deming was fond of saying, “Experience by itself teaches you nothing. You must have a theory.  A statement devoid of rational prediction does not convey knowledge.” Learning requires comparison of results with the original…
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