Sun Tzu – The Art of War for Managers

June 3, 2011

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Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers

The Arts of War for Managers

Vacations are a great time to get away from your business long enough to truly think about it, free from the daily distractions. This week, while in the Baltic republics, I have been reading Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers. It’s rare for me to read a book from front to back cover, so having succeeded in that regard I can attest that it is a book that even I can get through.
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Shaking it off

May 9, 2011

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Did you have a bad weekend? Do you feel bluesy?

People who know me know that I’m an aware optimist. What does that mean? Well, I know the world sometimes really s**ks. Bad things happen to good people – a lot! There are times I get bluesy, but even then I try my best to turn it around. That’s why I totally love this video “You Had a Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. I can’t play it enough.
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Crystal Bowersox Opines on Addiction and Abuse – What is the Workplace Response?

February 26, 2011

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Crystal Bowersox has a new hit song out called “Farmer’s Daughter.” I let it play a few times this morning, allowing the words to sink in. Here it is for you. Feel free to play it back a few times, as I did. It’s well worth it.

As a former alcohol and drug abuse counselor, I saw many lives damaged and destroyed. While the themes of abuse were common, such as parental absenteeism, mental abuse, physical abuse, reversal of parent and child roles, sexual abuse and confusion, early death and abandonment, jail time, each one case had its’ own unique enactment and consequences. Naturally, many suffered erratic employment and poor job prospects.
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Putting the Pieces Together for Better Communication and Execution

January 31, 2011

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More on my vacation in Israel… While on the Golan Heights in a town called Katzrin (check it out for the Golan Heights Winery), I visited Boaz, the son of a close friend. Though his primary language is Hebrew, he learned English at home from his father. His wife, Leah, is a native Russian speaker from Moldova (actually a part of Rumania), who learned Hebrew when she arrived in Israel at age 17. They have three wonderful children. Boaz speaks to his three children in English, while his wife speaks to them in Russian. Boaz and Leah speak to each other in Hebrew. The kids usually answer their parents in Hebrew, but will occasionally answer in English or Russian, especially with guests that have particular language abilities. It’s not uncommon in Europe and the Middle East for people to grow up with 2-3 languages. These kids usually become so brain wired as to eventually pick up 6-7 languages.
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HEATKTE – A Sam Walton acronym

July 28, 2010

At Walmart, the acronym HEATKTE reflected the perspective of Mr. Sam. HEATKTE meant “high expectations are the key to everything.” The acronym applied to both the results and the means to get there, through the labor force. You can bet that at Walmart, when a goal was set the expectation was that it was going to be met. Just as important was the means to get there.
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Is Everything Getting Harder?

April 15, 2010

If you’ve been in business the last several years, you may think that being in business is only getting harder each year. The tax man is taxing more. Employees are demanding more. Customers are refusing anything that isn’t “green.” Competition is fierce. Marketing is so very complex. This may all be true, but we have faced harder times.
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