Book Review Short Take: Culture Is the Way

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There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.  “Short Takes” is my humble effort to cut through  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: No more “run faster” goals

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Joan Crawford screamed, “No more wire hangers!” I’m screaming “No more ‘run faster’ goals!” “Run faster” goals are the ones where you decide to “increase sales” or even “increase sales by 51.25396 percent” and the only change is that  »  Read More

5 Important Lessons I Learned Growing Up

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There’s nothing like grandchildren to get you reflecting on your life. This last weekend I was talking with a grandson about what it was like for me growing up. That conversation got me thinking about the many lessons I learned before I joined the Marines and left home. Here are five important lessons that I learned  »  Read More

Book Review Short Take: Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

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There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.  “Short Takes” is my humble effort to cut through  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Do what works for you.

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There are lots of great “how to” books out there. One of my favorites is Getting Things Done by David Allen. Allen lays out a system that many people love and follow to the letter. That’s great, but it’s not necessarily for you. As you read through books and articles and pick up ideas from  »  Read More

Making It Look Easy

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“Art makes it look so easy. It’s like he comes to work and puts on his slippers.” That’s how one colleague described Art Jones, the best supervisor I’ve ever seen up close.  There never seemed to be problems with his team. They were always productive. When malcontents or slackers were transferred to  »  Read More

Book Review: The Titanium Economy

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Asutosh Padhi, Gaurav Batra, and Nick Santhanam say they wrote The Titanium Economy: How Industrial Technology Can Create a Better, Faster, Stronger America because “We want to solve the limited understanding of the societal benefits that can be derived from the Titanium Economy.” Maybe they succeeded. I could  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Go see the people you serve

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Go and see. Go and see the people on your team. We call that Management By Wandering Around (MBWA). Don’t stop there. Go and see your customers, whether they’re inside the company or outside. Try to see your team’s output from the customer’s perspective so you can do a better job. This is only  »  Read More

Wandering with Mr. Sam

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Walmart became the largest company in the world in 2002. That surprised some folks. Fortune celebrated the occasion by asking: “How did a peddler of cheap shirts and fishing rods become the mightiest corporation in America?” The business press likes dramatic new initiatives. It seems to prefer companies  »  Read More

Book recommendations for business leaders: 2/6/23

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post, I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of New Way to Think: Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness, Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us  »  Read More

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