Memorial Day Thoughts and Reading

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I become pensive around Memorial Day. I remember those whom, as the Episcopal liturgy says, “we love, but see no longer.” They are special friends, but, as the Warrior’s Toast puts it, “absent friends” and I will toast them this Memorial Day as every other Memorial Day. The odd and the small  »  Read More

Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/25/18

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week. Here are choice articles on hot  »  Read More

Lillian Moller Gilbreth: Hero and Role Model

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One of my heroes, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, was born on this date in 1878. I discovered her early in my career. I was recently discharged from the Marines, going to college, and working full time. I was learning industrial engineering and discovering seminal management writers. Her name kept popping up in management and  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/23/18

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 5/22/18

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw  »  Read More

Book Review: Good Strategy Bad Strategy

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I thought I remembered my friend Art Petty saying that he liked Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt. So, I emailed him and asked if that was true. Here’s his reply. “Like is an understatement. Rumelt’s kernel of Strategy is the most powerful, supple approach for creating  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Observe

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Yogi Berra was right. You can observe a lot just by watching. But don’t stop there. Listen, too. The way a person speaks and acts, what they choose to concentrate on, and how they treat others tells you a lot about them. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a  »  Read More

Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/18/18

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week. Here are choice articles on hot  »  Read More

The Oracle

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. Everybody called him Al, even though his real name was Elmer. He lived in the industrial heart of Ohio back before it was the “Rust Belt.” The people who knew him thought he was an oracle. I met Al at a dry goods convention. I was there to give a speech. He was there because he owned and ran a dry goods store. In  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/16/18

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

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