Management Perspective

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

Workable code of ethics can boost workplace trust

It’s that time again: On the horizon for the next 30 days are state and local elections in many states. Elections can be just as damaging to our society and economy as earthquakes and hurricanes are to our landscape and economy. Polls show we have minimal trust in our elected officials in Washington. Is the…more

Smooth the ups and downs by managing market stress

Freeze, freak or fight. These are common ways we react to stress. Want to try out all three in one big swoosh? Drive across town during rush hour — yeah, that’ll do it. Did you catch all three stress reactions? I did, both observed and applied (kidding, grin). If you’re a manager, another way to…more

Rewards and recognition can fuel your employees

Many of you will recall a management class, in college or as part of a leadership or management training program, where the focus was on competing philosophical approaches to management. Among the earliest ideas came from a 1960s psychologist, Douglas McGregor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his concepts of Theory X and Theory…more

Successful entrepreneurs focus on opportunities

A pizza parlor, an auto repair shop, a kitchen and bath remodeling store and a coffee shop. What do these businesses have in common? They’re all near my suburban home and owned by independent entrepreneurs. These spunky businesses survived the market reversal and continue to make a decent living alongside bigger national competitors. How do…more

Boomers and Gen Y’ers: Expect some conflict

A marine business, acting in the manner of Adam Smith, the pioneering 18th century economist, will tend to hire people with minimal qualifications and at lower pay rates than those it laid off two to four years ago as the economy was sliding. The new hires likely will be younger workers. In addition to ethnic…more

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

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