Management Perspective

Account for tomorrow in setting today’s goals

They have never known a world that did not have the Internet. They grew up enchanted by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. At age 9 they witnessed the launch of a cyber-phenomenon called Facebook.

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Smart supervisory ideas learned while managing

As you read this month’s column I am in Switzerland teaching and working with business groups. The topic: improving management across cultures. To prepare for the five-week assignment I needed to have current views on U.S. management to share. Luckily, a business client of mine wanted personality assessments discussed with each manager who had responded…more

Smart, successful practices of genuinely humble leaders

After nearly 18 months of selling, moving, waiting and moving again I finally arrived in my new home. With all the settling in I found myself looking for “one thing” several times over. For the window coverings the one thing I wanted was someone who knew how to hang them straight without punching loads of…more

How can you motivate low-wage employees?

The typical investor generally looks for several things: relative safety of principal, above-average return on principal (dividends, for example) and growth in the value of an investment (a stock’s price rises.) Investors have been rather pleased in recent months. Returns have grown and prices have climbed. A business also wants to achieve the best possible…more

Learn to recognize when it’s time to stretch yourself

We made our reservations almost a year ago. It’s our destination for drinking in the grandeur and mountainous beauty of the most photographed sight in America, Grand Teton and Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Multiple generations of our family have traveled to the Tetons and the nearby city of Jackson Hole for…more

Consider the consequences of cost-reduction strategies

George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward provided a perfect description for the setting of the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess” with their hit song “Summertime.” The week of July 4 was commonly time off for workers. Plants closed for a week or even two and some for a month. Some workers got paid vacations,…more

Target kids, minorities as boating crowd ages

A boy, a river and a love affair with the water: In the middle of the night, in Tom Sawyer fashion, a 10-year-old boy quietly slipped out of the house and ran barefoot to the bank. His part of the river, his refuge, formed the boundary between Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa. Even though…more

Resolve to foster trust up and down the ranks

What do you know about the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval? Good Housekeeping magazine is a basic component of the publishing business — especially of magazines that target women — and it has a readership of about 1.5 million. The GH Seal was recently featured on the “CBS Sunday Morning” news program, which traced the…more

Seven qualities we seek in leaders during a crisis

Autumn had been dry, too dry. Before winter officially arrives in Colorado it often drives by in the early fall with a white dusting in September or a slushy snowstorm on Halloween. That was not the case in 2012. After several weeks of temperatures that were 20 degrees higher than normal, worrisome thoughts were forming…more

Take care of your brain: Your reward? More ideas

The lines were huge. Nerds, geeks and electronics enthusiasts waited to be among the first to snap up the most advanced personal device on the planet — the iPhone 5. For cellphone fanatics it was a major “I’m cool” coup. Or was it? The new version is packed with terrific features, but it didn’t have…more

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