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Be the gatekeeper of your company’s culture.

During the Great Recession, hiring was not much of a problem because most companies weren’t doing any of it.  Some imposed a hiring freeze, others laid people off.  Now we have the opposite problem: companies want to hire but can’t find the people they want.  Best-selling business author Jim Collins uses the analogy of a

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“Without execution, ‘vision’ is just another word for hallucination.”

“Which is easier, strategy (planning) or execution?”  Ask any chief executive that question, and he or she will always answer, “Execution!”  Putting together a good strategic plan has its own challenges, but the real trick is making that plan happen.  And the reason for that is simple:  executing a strategic plan is important but not

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“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have when trying to change others.”

While researching their best-selling book, “First, Break All the Rules,” co-authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman interviewed over 80,000 managers in more than 400 companies. They wanted to learn what separates managers who are truly great from those who are just adequate.  Surprisingly, among the great managers, Buckingham and Coffman found more differences than similarities. 

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“Don’t do interviews. Interviews are boring. Make it a conversation.”

Brendan Reid, a business writer, author, and coach, points out that strong interviewing skills are critical to the success of any hiring manager. Obviously, bringing people on board who have the right skills, knowledge, experience, and temperament will have enormous benefit to the hiring manager and to the company. Yet few companies, except the very

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“The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.”

Ken Blanchard has been a prolific writer on topics of management and leadership.  He has written over 60 books, though usually co-authored with someone else.  If you’re old enough, you may remember his classic work, “The One Minute Manager.”   I recently stumbled across one of his books, “The Secret: What Great Leaders Know – and

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re texting on your smartphone.”

In a recent blog, we posed the question, “Do we live to work or work to live?” and used that as a springboard to talk about Millennials. There doesn’t seem to be any agreement on specific beginning and ending dates for this generation, but it’s generally thought to be people born in the early to

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“The best ideas for improving a job come from those who do it every day.”

A lot has been written lately about “employee engagement” . . . some of it right here. The Gallup organization, which has studied it for many years, says employee engagement can be measured by the strength of the emotional connection an employee feels toward his or her company.  If the employee sings the company song,

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“Be the last to speak.”

Simon Sinek is one of our favorite speakers on business topics.  In our last posting, we talked about one of his “10 Rules for Success” . . . namely, the importance of continuous improvement.  He challenges us to ask, every day, “How can we make our company a better company today than it was yesterday?” 

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“I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.”

For most of us, when we think about innovation, we think about companies like Apple, Microsoft, or Google. We think about breakthrough, disruptive technologies like the GraphicalUser Interface which took access to the Worldwide Web from the hands of a few geeks who could write computer code and gave it to the masses. In other

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“The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.”

The stereotypical entrepreneur is a guy running around with his or her hair on fire, pushing all the buttons, pulling all the levers, and wearing all the hats.  We’re all wired a little bit differently, but ultimately, we all reach the limit of what we can do alone, and when we do reach that point,

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