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The American Work Week: Transition to Four Days?

Since Memorial Day, I’ve been thinking about the work week.  I read an article on Reddit the other day that  brought up similar ideas.
Typical weeks of work in the American culture are roughly 40 hours per week spread over 5 days.  In the business scene, the number of hours skews higher, typically more like 50-60 hours [...]

For Profit Organization Effects On Society

With the recent discussion of Amazon and the biosphere they want to build, I’ve been thinking a lot about how for-profit organizations contribute to society and asking a few questions too.  What are they obligated to do as community stakeholders?  Where do they draw the line?  How do their actions contribute to business success?
We live [...]

Meetings

Meetings are a big deal in business. Some people really dislike them and see them as a waste of time. Some people spend most of their days in them. They can be collaborative environments of brainstorms, managerial discussions on decision making, tactical executions of pressing needs and more.
The meeting is the quintessential [...]

Getting Older with Fewer Interests?

Since basketball has ended and my beloved Timberwolves retired to their dens to lick reopened wounds, I’ve been mulling about the apartment with less to do.  It struck me the other day that my habits have changed a great deal.
My youthful pursuits included wakeboarding and tubing, basketball, videogames, ladies, kicking it with friends, frisbee golf [...]

Writing is Not the Language of Business

…Powerpoint is.
In a recent review, I remarked how previously I’d always thought I was more of a visual person.  The other person remarked how my style was more predicated on writing and words.  It wasn’t to say that my visual ability was inhibited or anything of that sort, but that my propensity is naturally to [...]

Internal Competition: How Much Is Too Much?

As a continuation on the “Being the Best” post from a few days ago, I’d like to look briefly at internal competition.  Internal competition is healthy to a certain extent as it can bring out the best in people who like competition or that want to perform given their surroundings, but it’s important to remember [...]

Business and “Being the Best”

I saw an article on poets and quants (I’ll cover my take on “poets” and “quants” later) about black and white pictures and essays from Harvard Business School students.  It was really good, and it made me want to write.  The truth is that if I’d never gone into business, I would have been a [...]

Making Your Boss Look Good

There’s an adage in business, whatever or wherever you work, your job is to make your boss look good.  Or make your boss happy.  I’ve heard both.If you’re not in business that might sound really odd.  And it is.  ”Make your boss look good” is almost never in a job description or how you’re actually [...]

The Green To Gold Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom Line Results In Every Business Function

Deep breath.  That was a mouthful.  Seriously, I probably should have just left the subtitles out.
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book.  The last one was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  That’s pathetic as it was in August!   There is good reason for this.  The books I’m currently reading were the [...]

8 Billion People: The Critical Role of Resource Management

The other week I brought up the fact that we are currently at roughly 7 Billion people on Earth.  That’s a grandiose amount of folks!  Here’s a question, where do all these folks live?  Let’s look

As you can see, the really high concentrations are in India and China.  India currently has 1.2B people; China has [...]

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