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Who Moved My Cheese? ~title of a 1998 business fable by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Jeff Vogelsang, Managing Partner of Promontory Point Partners, is a turnaround specialist.  We heard him speak to a group of CEOs wherein he described the typical interaction between himself and the CEO of a company that requires his turnaround help.  Vogelsang said that the CEO will “whine” (his word, not ours) to him that the

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To blog or not to blog. Blog suspended . . . for now.

We published our first blog on August 4, 2010 and have continuously posted two new blogs per month since then (we did miss one publication date during recovery from knee replacement surgery, but apart from that, our string has been uninterrupted).  It appears Covid-19 is about to end that streak.  As we look at online

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“The whole concept of negotiating is intimidating to many people.”

Chris Voss is an author, speaker, and businessman.  But prior to that, he was an FBI agent for 24 years, most of that time working as a hostage negotiator.  While doing that work, he noticed that the skills needed to negotiate with kidnappers and terrorists weren’t all that different from the skills business people need

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“I haven’t failed. I’ve discovered 10,000 things that don’t work.”

There are scholars who study group dynamics . . . that is, they study the way people behave and interact with one another in a group setting.  These scholars sometimes talk about a thing called “the Messiah Complex.”  This is a phenomenon that takes place when a group must confront a problem that is so

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“Your company’s culture is defined by what it tolerates.”

Every organization has a culture.  The only question is, has the organization’s culture evolved on its own without any real thought or guidance from the organization’s management?  Or has it been carefully crafted and nurtured as a guide for how the organization intends to conduct itself?  Most organizations will claim to have a strong corporate

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7 Leadership Practices That Will Reduce Employee Turnover to a Minimum.

In our previous posting, we talked about the key role you and your management team play in retaining the best and brightest of your employees.  We noted that the main reason, by far and away, that people leave their jobs is because they can’t stand working for whoever their boss is.  That “boss” could be

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Employee turnover is not a human resources issue. It’s a management/leadership issue.

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection.  It’s a time to consider what’s working and what’s not . . . what needs to stay the same, what needs to change.  If there is one thing we did last year that we could do over again, what would that one thing be? 

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“You manage things. You lead people.” ~ Peter Drucker

Hamza Kahn is an award-winning marketer, successful entrepreneur, and keynote speaker.  We watched a TED talk of his wherein he talked about Theory X vs. Theory Y.  To be honest, we weren’t familiar with either one of these theories.  But Theory X, he explained, holds that employees are lazy, can’t be trusted, and dislike work. 

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“If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem . . . break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”

Dan Sullivan is the founder of The Strategic Coach, Inc. and the creator of The Strategic Coach Program . . . a program that helps already successful entrepreneurs become even more successful.  He is also the author of more than 30 publications including one entitled “WhoNotHow.”  In this particular publication, he teaches that procrastination is

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“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.”

According to Wikipedia, “emotional intelligence (EI),  is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).”  Science journalist David Colemen, who popularized the term “emotional

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