Management Perspective

Job searches require a full-court press

Arriving at the office early to avoid traffic and get a jump on e-mail, I started the day like any other. With a second cup of hot tea steaming my face, I noticed it was nearly 8:30 a.m. when the phone rang.   I smiled and said hello to my vice president and then instinctively…more

Simple steps to shape organizational culture

Spring is almost here, and that can spell dollars for the marine industry, especially as the economy continues to improve and employment slowly rises. Now is the time to refresh and get ready for the new season. What would your employees have you do this year to improve the work setting, the bottom line and…more

Consumers have changed; adjust your expectations

Have you ever used electronic navigation devices to help you find your way? My cell phone has a navigation app I use when I’m traveling or in an unfamiliar part of town. Sometimes when I fire up the app, I start driving in a random direction, whether it’s the best way to go or not.…more

Avoid becoming the boss you always loved to hate

Let’s try a little self examination as we start the new year. First, take a sheet of paper. On one side, write “Positive” as the header. On the reverse side, write “Negative” as the header. Now try to think back to when you were in high school. Which teacher made the best impression on you?…more

Give your team a daily dose of positive energy

While speaking with a friend who is searching for a job, he told me he feels invisible. A former executive in the technology industry, he’s having a tough time getting an interview, not to mention finding work. The techniques he once used to generate energy and interviews are getting him nowhere. It’s not him. It’s…more

Do your employees really understand what you do?

Within about a week now, the political ads should disappear for 10 months at least. What a relief! Based on the multitude of TV ads I have seen in various markets, I decided I liked no candidate and that no one was honest … and that someone has too much money if they can spend…more

Rethink your game plan — become a change champion

I held it in my hand and knew it was time to move on. Had I waited so long because I was comfortable, too busy or procrastinating? Yup, all of the above. It was my old cell phone. The little fossil was more than three years old; about 90 in cell phone years. My friends…more

Shining the CSI flashlight on your business practices

The three letters CSI are probably well known to you. During this fall, CBS will again offer us three versions of the popular TV show. And if you Google the magical three letters, you’ll find that many organizations have borrowed them for their own uses. School systems have had a series of summer camps centered…more

A light-and-lean business model yields fat-free results

I wish there was a triple-fudge, double-peanut, rocky-road ice cream with brownie bits that was light and lean, but there isn’t. Getting the “light” version of decadent, double-everything ice cream means saving a few calories, but the fat is still there. Now turn your thoughts away from food (this might be hard). Instead focus on…more

Rebooting as a manager, and answers to some FAQ

If you use a PC, you know well about the need to reboot from time to time. The big bank Wachovia now has erected giant billboards in some areas suggesting the need to “reboot your retirement plans.” This same idea is certainly applicable to one’s management philosophy and the manner in which that philosophy is…more

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