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Unlimited paid vacation? Are you kiddin’ me?

Some companies, both here and abroad, are experimenting with unlimited vacation, or “discretionary time off” as it is known in HR circles.  And we’re talking about paid time off, not unpaid leaves of absence. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  What’s to prevent someone from heading for the beach and never coming back?  How are we supposed

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Meetings, Bloody Meetings

Meetings get a bad rap.  And in many cases, they should!  When they’re boring, pointless, poorly orchestrated, and a waste of everyone’s time, they should get a bad rap.  But when they’re done right, meetings can (and should) be vital tools for debate, problem solving, communication, and coordination.  If you believe meetings at your place

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Stop Making Those Decisions

In a 1995 article by A.E. Carlisle entitled simply, “MacGregor,” Carlisle tells the story of the title character who is a plant manager with a remarkable management style.  At the core of MacGregor’s style is his refusal to make any operating decisions.  Sounds a little odd, doesn’t it?  Yet his plant (even though it’s the

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“There is no point in doing well that which you should not be doing at all.”

It’s not unusual.  We just continue to do certain things in the business because we always have done them.  Or we continue to do them because it would be a pain in the neck to train someone else to do them.  Either way, we end up doing things that are not the highest and best

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“Never let the urgent crowd out the important.”

As small business people, we spend a lot of our time putting out brush fires.  When we arrive at work in the morning, we probably have in mind the things we hope to get done during the day.  But five minutes later, our best customer calls with a problem or a key piece of machinery

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