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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 […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. “

If you’re not a hockey fan, the name John McDonough probably doesn’t mean much to you.  But if you’re a Chicago Blackhawks fan, you probably have a shrine to him somewhere in your home.  He joined the Blackhawks in 2007 as President, and under his stewardship, the team’s season […] Continue Reading…

 
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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 […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Has anyone ever said, ‘I wish I could go to more meetings today’?”

Everybody complains about meetings . . . they’re too long, boring, and don’t accomplish anything. Or as humorist Dave Barry puts it, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would […] Continue Reading…

 
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What kind of clubhouse are you running?

The stunning, come-from-behind victory of the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series made me wonder if there might be some business lessons to be learned there.  Sure, it’s a sports franchise, but major league baseball teams are businesses too. Yet we tend to experience them as entertainment, not […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Much of what we call management today consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

Noted business author and keynote speaker, Dan Pink, talks about motivation . . . a lot. He talks about what motivates us and what does not.  He talks about which motivators work and which do not.  One of his favorite topics is “if-then” motivators.  “If you do this, then […] Continue Reading…

 
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Are you a leader, or just holding down a leadership position?

In a posting earlier this year, we mentioned John Maxwell who is a prolific writer and speaker, often on subjects related to leadership.  In that posting, we talked about what Maxwell calls “positional leadership” which is the bottom level of his “5 Levels of Leadership.”  However, there’s an important […] Continue Reading…

 
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“You cannot expect to perform at a high level unless people are personally engaged.”

Doug Conant is the former CEO of Campbell’s Soup Company.  When he assumed that position in 2001, he says the environment at Campbell’s was “toxic.”  One third of his 20,000 employees were looking for jobs elsewhere.  He and his team attacked the problem with a strategy of “employee engagement.”  […] Continue Reading…

 
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How to Make Money and Do Good

According to Adam Smith, credited with being the Father of Modern Economics, “If you continue to operate in your own self-interest, you will do the best good for society.”  That sentiment was echoed by American economist and free market champion, Milton Friedman, who said, “There is only one social […] Continue Reading…

 
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When was the last time you fired someone too soon?

Most managers will tell you that the toughest part of their job is firing someone.  It’s an inevitable part of the job, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Of course, we’re not talking about firing someone due to unethical behavior, unlawful acts, or willful acts of disobedience.  Those […] Continue Reading…

 
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