Management Perspective

Can you see problems through another’s eyes?

You must be “the change” that you desire in your organization. That’s a slight modification of a famous statement that Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi made, and it was a theme at a recent “change” workshop for a group of 30 mid- to upper-level business leaders across several industries in the Mid-Atlantic region.…more

Time to quit the foxhole: Buyers are coming back

Twelve thousand cookies. I walked into a supermarket not long ago and saw several hundred packages of my favorite chocolate sandwich cookies stacked in a colossal display by the front door. Of course, I had to quickly factor a rough estimate — it looked like more than 500 packs. That’s about 12,000 little Frisbees of…more

Four summertime reads for relaxation and growth

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That lyric might remind us of iced tea, watermelons, canoeing, the ol’ swimmin’ hole, water skiing or other childhood activities. We were having fun, but we were also learning new skills or new ways of expressing ourselves. You might recall having a book for summer reading, enabling you to…more

Above-average management and employees required

With exceptionally pleasant weather providing encouragement, my sister and I enjoyed a Sunday afternoon by meeting for lunch and hitting the mall for retail therapy. While waiting for our food, we strategized our shopping approach like huntresses seeking prey — makeup, shoes and a super sale on spring jackets — essential sustenance. As we finished…more

Take steps to rebuild trust in the workplace

“In God we trust.” We see this on all of our money. Well, here we are in the middle of a primary election battle that will lead to a full-fledged campaign between the major parties for the nation’s highest elected office. Already the leading contenders have raised questions about the suitability (trustworthiness) of one another…more

Going virtual: managing in the work-at-home era

Fingers fleeting across keyboards, phones ringing, copy machines humming, bits of conversation drifting in from hallways — all spiked with occasional laughter. Ten years ago that could have been the office in which you work. Not anymore. The sound of work has changed. For many, remote or virtual work has found its footing and will…more

Hone skills or risk becoming obsolete

In a New York Times Magazine article (Nov. 27, 2011) titled “When did the rules change?” Adam Davidson raised many non-political questions about the future nature of the U.S. economy. He especially considers the employment and income distribution data we are trying to digest. Many workers will find no jobs because their skills are obsolete,…more

Don’t let technology leave you in the dust

A long day at work, followed by a short evening at home, often evolves into mindless and relaxing channel surfing. Love it. Hate it. I prefer working out, but I don’t always make it happen. On a recent excursion into the depths of cable options, I stumbled onto a great show — “101 Best Gadgets…more

Choosing a holiday gift to motivate your crew

Yes, it is hard not to know that Santa will arrive soon. But you knew that a month ago when holiday sales began. They seem to start earlier each year, and Black Friday events began at midnight on Turkey Day — goodness. As a manager, you know December is typically a month of low productivity.…more

What’s your style? Take an honest look

“Don’t touch the iPad with your sticky fingers.” That’s the comment I heard from a nearby parent as his young family finished their Sunday brunch. I had to smile. As my two grown sons sat next to me at our table, I remembered a time when micromanaging the kids’ sticky fingers was part of my…more

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