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A Necessary Day Off

Today I’m at home, pretending to take a vacation day.  The dogs are wrestling around or outside chasing after one another.  Good music fills my living room and kitchen and a good cup of coffee sits near at all times.
It’s my first real day of vacation for 2014 and it’s sorely needed.  I say pretending [...]

Annual Reviews: A Flawed Concept

This and last week were those of annual reviews.  Most organizations do these kinds of things in order to review a person’s performance.  It’s one of those things that has been done for a long time and correspondingly will continue to be done for a long time. Large organizations do them for a few reasons, [...]

Astute or Honest? To Be or Be Not.

Politically astute is a common phrase.  You hear it often in business and government.  Essentially it means to be adept at understanding situations and people and turn them to your own advantage. At face value that sounds like something everyone would aspire to.  Why wouldn’t you want to turn a situation to your advantage? Ultimately [...]

How Things Go Wrong

In all my work as a marketing professional, hindsight always shows the errors.  The goofs, blunders and odd thinking that led to a piece of collateral, communication, meeting or pitch gone wrong.  And they will continue to be.What causes all these follies?What causes otherwise rational folks to make what in retrospect seem like such implausible [...]

The Walking Meeting

As of late I’ve been opting to have walking meetings to catch up with folks. I work in St. Paul with quick access to the skyway, walking outside in winter isn’t really that enjoyable, honestly, so doing a loop or two in doors is the norm.
I have to say that the walking meeting seems [...]

Paying for Leadership

When you look at salaries of many professionals, especially people at the top rungs of the organizational ladders, it can be eye opening and somewhat hard to swallow.  Especially for folks in the lower or middle of the pack when it comes to income.  Growing up, the idea that someone could be paid millions of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Managing With Power

It hasn’t been long since I finished a book.  Went from a several month gap to a few weeks gap between reads.  There’s a good reason for that, this is without a doubt one of the most important business books I’ve read.  Actually check that, it’s one of the most important BIG business books I’ve [...]

Vocational Values and Vindication

Often times, I find that business people of all kinds are seen as a vocational group not kindly regarded. Of course, there are certainly good reasons to not kindly regard many business people, but there are many for all vocations, or at least a good selection thereof. Trashing vocations such as law, politics [...]

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