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Sinek on Safety, and CEOs

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” which ranks the basic needs all humans have.  After basic physiological needs (food, water, shelter, health)  the most important need for most people according to Maslow is safety. We may not be able to protect our employees outside of work, but Simon

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A Question of Degree (Your Child’s)

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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Recursive Commercials (or how to recycle your marketing spend)

A department store CEO once remarked that half his advertising was effective; he just wasn’t sure which half.  The advertising team behind a long series of memorable Geico Insurance commercials over the years may not be sure either, but they’ve launched a creative initiative to ensure they’re getting all the mileage they can

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Six Scary Numbers

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

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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A Service Tsunami

The high-end (i.e. so-called “white collar”) jobs in our economy have been less affected by the rise of the internet than producers and distributors of goods and those holding lower level service jobs.   If you’ve been spared so far, the party may be over soon. Venture capitalist Andrew Chen offers a

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An Electric Bloodletting

GM CEO Mary Barra caught the attention of the business world this past week when she announced that the company would cut 14,000 jobs, idle seven plants and eviscerate its sedan line in favor of SUV and cross-overs.  Ms. Barra has made several big bets here; not only in terms

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A Gratitude Sampler

This week, Thanksgiving Week in the USA, take some time to be thankful ….and hopefully acquire the habit of doing so every day going forward.  To assist you in your reflections, here are a dozen of my favorite quotations:    “My wish for you     Is that you continue    

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A Memorable Memo

Most executives can’t escape the need to write a memo from time to time, but most don’t enjoy it and one reason may be they’ve never been taught how to write a good one. Marketing blogger Seth Godin in a one-page blog posting, “Get Your Memo Read”, offers five quick tips to make

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Your Other Strategy

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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