My colleague Pat McGowan recently wrote about a family vacation. Her comments were about the value of a well-structured plan. My comments are about commuication, or lack thereof. I, too, recently traveled to see family. We gathered in Colorado Springs to spend time with my son Andrew, prior to his deployment to Iraq. Since we were … Continue reading A microbrewery by any other name…
My mother was right, and she never knew she was a management guru. She taught me an important lesson as a child – People Know. Her point to me then was that the people around me know what kind of person I am. They know whether I am a person of integrity, or not…and whether … Continue reading People Know
Recently, the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) began a partnership called Moving Work Forward. Its’ aim is to transform the way organizations approach workplace flexibility, and to show how flexible workplaces can benefit employers and employees and help employers develop workplace cultures that fully embrace and implement strategies … Continue reading Workplace Flexibility – We’re Not in Kansas anymore
A new year, by its’ very nature, brings changes, whether we want them or not. A new number to remember when writing checks or dating memos and letters (for those of us who still do such old-fashioned things). New leaders assuming power in local, state and national governments. A new tax year – time to … Continue reading Out With the Old, Bring In the New
Businesses can be so wedded to old ideas that they ignore transformative innovations. “Not Invented Here” and “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” are just two of the excuses given to avoid shaking things up. If it takes a bomb to light a fire under your management team, maybe it’s time to roll out … Continue reading What’s Your Railgun?
There is a wonderful Christmas hymn titled “Do You Hear What I Hear?” that I have loved since I was young. The hymn reminds us that, if we listen closely, we can hear a song in the trees announcing the birth of the Christ child. I thought of that hymn this week as I considered … Continue reading Effective Listening — A Business Person’s New Year’s Resolution