Category: Leadership

Is Your Company “Haunted?”

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Many companies are experiencing a scary phenomenon known as “Ghosting.” This occurs when desirable job candidates fail to show up for interviews, respond to job offers or even show up at all for the first day of work after being hired…without so much as a phone call, note of apology

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Not Just Eating Last – Be The Last To Speak

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There are some things that all leaders, regardless of experience or ability, can do that make a difference.  We’ve all heard that “leaders eat last” based on the military’s custom of officers making sure that the enlisted men are fed first. Simon Sinek book’s by the same title is a good read. In a

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Investing for All – The Loss of a Legendary Investor – Jack Bogle

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Warren Buffet once said if a statue were to be erected to the person who had done the most for the American investor “the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle.”  John C. (Jack) Bogle passed away this week at the age of 90.  He was the founder of the Vanguard Group and

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‘Knowledge’ Workers and ‘Wisdom’ Workers

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The frustration of Baby Boomers and Millennials is well publicized but maybe we should be looking for inter-generational opportunities instead of problems.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s joint philanthropic activities are a great example of two generations working together, as are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s recent collaboration. To that

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A Question of Degree (Your Child’s)

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A college degree has generally been thought by parents and students to be the path to a better career, and by employers as a reliable predictor of performance. The value of that degree, however, is coming into question. A short article from HBR explores the question of whether higher education

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Six Scary Numbers

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The Gallup Organization recently surveyed a number of organizations and shared the results of six questions it asked the employees about conditions at their companies.  Here are the questions. Ask yourself what the results should be for your organization and then check that against what Gallup found in its survey. What

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The Book that Rebooted Microsoft

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done a remarkable job in resurrecting the fortunes of the company since being named the head of the iconic firm nearly five years ago.  Many commentators point to the success of the Microsoft SurfacePro and the company’s focus on cloud computing, among other decisions, as

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Your Other Strategy

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When it comes to strategy, we usually think first of our marketing and sales strategies (whether intentionally created or not).  But in this economy,  you need to focus as much on your talent and human capital strategies as those designed to drive revenue.  If you haven’t reevaluated yours recently (or taken

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Triggers and Cycles

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Blogger Seth Godin offers a simple but powerful insight about behavior that,  if you’re aware of it, could put you on the road to breaking those vicious cycles that hold you back at best, or push you back,  at worst.  Take 30 seconds for some insights on “Triggers and Cycles.”   Just imagine, you

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In Search of Excellence is now the Excellence Dividend

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If you began your career in the 70’s or 80’s, the business book everyone read was Tom Peters’ “In Search of Excellence” which looked at how successful companies executed strategies in an enduring way. With several decades of additional study of successful companies under his belt, Mr. Peters is back with

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