Management Perspective

Obits, tombstones and exit interviews

The week of Independence Day is a time for parades and celebrations and picnics and it’s a time to remember the past and how much we owe those who have gone before us.

Nurturing a workplace that works for everyone

Every week certain sounds, such as the trash truck rumbling down the street, signal that it’s finally Friday again. Anticipation echoes across office break-room banter, rowdy radio DJs and cheerfully chatty shoppers at the grocery store.

Mentoring isn’t just for newest managers

We all stay abreast of the news, and many of us also read such business publications as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Fortune and marine industry publications.

Five simple strategies for keeping stress at bay

What does a terrific day at work look like for you? Not sure? OK, I’ll start. Let’s say everyone arrives on time, work is delivered on schedule and new problems and projects are easily handled. I’ll throw in a box of amazing doughnuts mysteriously appearing in the break room — big, gooey cinnamon roll included.

Honoring small victories can lead to larger ones

It was cloudy and rainy — perfect. The sky and my attitude were completely in sync. I was in a funk, a slump, a pile of gloomy gunk. You know — that place where too many things didn’t go the way you planned, producing a moody mindset you’d love to escape. I wanted to scream…more

Like Santa, you need ways to know who is truly good

‘Tis the season — yep, Halloween (giving to everyone who asks) and Thanksgiving (giving thanks with family) are behind us, and looming ahead is the joyous season that has Santa everywhere stealing the show.

The care and feeding of your millennial hires

I looked down at my seriously seasoned sneakers and knew it was time. Entering the footwear department at a nearby store I felt as if I were scuba diving for sunken treasure — the boxes of athletic shoes were stacked that deep. Mired in an unending sea of right color, wrong size, my patience was…more

Communicating with staff involves multiple avenues

You likely are reading many of the same business news stories I am. One trend I have noticed in the past few years is a closer examination of management strategies and their impact on stockholders’ equity.

From seeds of reinvention, a rejuvenation can spring

A landscaping truck rumbled up to my neighbor’s house, pulling a trailer loaded with equipment and building supplies. They had me at rumbled. During the next few weeks I watched their back patio be transformed into a roomy, open-air entertainment space with an outdoor kitchen, a stone-faced fireplace and a roof that provides soothing shade.

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