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Do You Have an Open Office Trap?

Nearly 70% of all offices feature an “open floor” plan without private offices.  Earlier this year, a New Yorker magazine article asserted that the open office may be a contributor to a sense of shared mission, but recent studies show that there may be a real cost in terms of health (both

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Poison Pills and Obstacle Courses

A poison pill  is a tactic used by a publicly held company threatened with an unwelcome takeover bid to make itself unattractive to the bidder. Beach obstacles are intended to slow down an invading force. Nationally known IT Security Expert and speaker Mike Foster thinks you should be presenting a wide variety of both to those who

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Are You the Bottleneck?

Peter Drucker once remarked that, when it came to a company’s overall performance,  the “bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.”  Does that describe your impact on your company?  In the long run, companies won’t be better than their leadership and that means continual learning.   This article from Entrepreneur magazine

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Ten Worst Business Decisions of All Time

Anyone can learn from their own mistakes.  It takes a smart person to learn from someone else’s mistakes.  To that end , here are the “Ten Worst Business Decisions of All Time” according to two Australians who offer a collection of videos about 10 Best or 10 Worst lists on

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Driving Miss Daisy (and everyone else)

The wonderful film  “Driving Miss Daisy”  portrayed an aging wealthy widow who could afford to hire a chauffeur to drive her when she no longer could. The driverless car touted by Google and others will make it possible for all of us to have chauffeurs when we no longer can (or

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Getting Better at Getting Better – a/k/a Continuous Improvement

The ever increasing degree of competition in the world means that,  learning and development can never end.  A recent article looks at how the meaning of high performance in the worlds of sports, the arts and finally business ,  and what it now takes to achieve it,  has changed over the years.  The

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Looking Forward to Your Future – Do You Wanna Be an Old Master?

Not only can you expect to live longer than your parents, you can expect a longer retirement and maybe a second career if you want (or need to because the first one did not provide enough for your to retire on).  To get ready for that day, check out this

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Jumpstart 2015: Try November Resolutions

We are less than two months away from New Year’s Day and the resolutions we’ll make (but probably not keep).   If you want to escape this vicious cycle, try starting in November with a 30 day technique that will dramatically enhance your chances of success.  But don’t take my word for it. 

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Speaking of Leadership® – If It Works at Google, Is It Right for Others?

The management practices of successful companies are often touted as ground breaking. Some like Zappos claim to have abandoned traditional management structures altogether in favor of “holacracy”.   Yahoo at one time allowed large numbers of employees to work from home (although the latest CEO Marissa Mayer quickly put an end

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Speaking of Leadership® – Billy Beane in Your HR Department

In his best-selling book “Moneyball :The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”,  author Michael Lewis profiles Billy Beane, who was named manager of the Oakland A’s and given a mandate to cut team payroll.  Using  a form of analytics known as sabermetrics  he was able to find and field a competitive roster that

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