The last few months I’ve been reading a book called “Thank You for Arguing,” which is dedicated to understanding and improving the important art of rhetoric. Of all skill sets in life, I’d imagine that the capability to utilize rhetoric effectively in personal or group discussions will likely have the largest impact on your career [...]
Entries for the ‘Management’ Category
The last three weeks have all been work travel. San Francisco, Dallas, and Richmond Virginia.
I don’t mind work travel, it’s a nice chance to meet with customers and hear what they are working on in their business. It also breaks up the typical work you have going on, although it also means potentially falling behind [...]
I’ve been thinking a lot more about the manager and direct report. I’ve been direct report to about 15 people in my life in all my different roles. I’ve seen a lot of different styles of management, as have many of you.
It’s important to consider the objective of this relationship prior to analyzing it in [...]
When someone says they are “in the weeds” it means they can’t really see much beyond what their day to day tasks is. Imagine wading through a bog of cattails, you cannot really see anything and your lucky to know which way to go at all!
The longer you are in one organization, the more [...]
There’s an adage in business that you can only handle so many spinning plates. This is in reference to old shows where a performer would spin many plates on sticks and wow the crowd with their capability.
The adage itself is a simple one, you cannot mentally or physically manage things after a certain tipping point. [...]
A few weeks ago, I rebuilt our garden. Nothing fancy, just new timbers for posts and chicken wire and a new door. It didn’t take a lot of work, perhaps a total of 8 hours for tear down and rebuilding.
Gardens are one of the best allegories for life and work. Stories reflect it, such as [...]
My last post had me thinking a lot about creativity. I have a some friends that are artists and their ability to create new things continually is really impressive. The people I look up to most are artists: writers and musicians mostly. My grandfather was an artist, both commercially and as a way of life.
Today I’ve been considering the need for small businesses to add value for their customers in different ways outside of simply fulfilling their orders.
Often, smaller businesses don’t have the scale economies to compete with larger organizations solely on price. The classic example of this situation is Walmart versus the mom and pop brick and [...]
It’s launch time. Often times in business and marketing in particular, you spend a great deal of time preparing materials and executing strategy for a launch. It’s a cyclical thing, every year you have to innovate and bring new life to the market. It’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting. You think about work all [...]
There are a lot of negatives to business in general. Many people do not like working in business for a number of reasons. It’s competitive, in larger companies there are politics, people can be disingenuous and only looking out for themselves, etc. There are lots of reasons.
But there are a huge amount [...]