I have many fond memories of my mother, both with my Dad and after they divorced when I was eight. This, however, isn't one of them. I was cleaning out a cabinet today and ran across a manila envelope. Within, I found two typewritten sheets of paper - it was undated, but it refers to … Continue reading Working Mothers
Is it better to be effective or efficient? Many businesses wrestle with this question on a daily basis. When building marketing or business plans, when assigning duties, when filling orders, the question is always there. "What's the best way to do this" is basically asking, "How do we find the correct balance of effectiveness versus … Continue reading Effectiveness vs. Efficiency
Image courtesy Piktochart There's no 'I' in team. Tough times don't last, tough team do. Together Everyone Achieves More. All of these expressions (and so, so many more) tell you what a team is, but do very little to help you build a good team, or be a valuable, contributing member of one. What does … Continue reading Being a Team Player
Image courtesy HealthCatalyst.com What are you doing to continuously improve yourself personally and professionally? In business, the activity of continuous improvement is known by many names - Kaizen, PDCA (plan-do-check-act), lean culture - and usually involves some variation of the act/analyze/improve model that you might expect. Regardless of the approach, continuous improvement works towards streamlining … Continue reading Continuous (Self-)Improvement
Image: Shutterstock Are you a business person or a people person? Are you a take-charge, no-nonsense employee or manager? Do you believe that you (or your employees) are there to work, and that down-time or non-work related activities should be consigned to fifteen minute breaks every two hours? Or altogether eliminated until the whistle blows … Continue reading Business People vs. People People
As I begin the journey of transitioning to a new position within my company, there are two quotes that keep running through my mind that I'd like to share them with you. Henry Ford, the innovative business magnate and inventor of the assembly line, is credited with saying, "Whether you think you can or you … Continue reading Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images In the deep recesses of an uncaring, cruel cityLives a man whom many call Disgruntled DanNo one takes notice, none show the slightest pityThey avoid him like a plague (as much as they can) Disgruntled Dan works the eight-to-five dayshiftIf he's avoiding his spouse he might pull … Continue reading The Ballad of Disgruntled Dan
Image courtesy of shutterstock.com If there's one thing I can take away from the last two years of my life, it's this lesson, embodied by quote by the great French painter Henri Matisse: Image courtesy of brainyquote.com Two years ago, after spending the first fifty-plus years of my life playing guitar to myself in my … Continue reading The First Step
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