Management Perspective

When the going gets tough, call in a capable consultant

What do these situations have in common? In the last month, the city council of a 100,000-population locale in Virginia announced the planned departure of its city manager and the need to search for a replacement. At about the same time, the school superintendent of an adjacent county announced a move to the St. Louis…more

Your ‘MAP’ to recovery: money, assets and people

I sniffed the awakening aroma of fresh toast and avoided the light switch, opting instead for the first ray of sunrise. My eyes shifted to a glimmer across the room. A laser beam of sunlight pierced the edges of my kitchen window with a steady brilliance. The first glimmer of morning light had a radiant…more

Taking the ‘green’ concept beyond the environment

No, not red, white and blue – green. The word is gaining popularity in many quarters. Changed your light bulbs at home? Perhaps you have seen the “Green Manual for Dummies.” Former Vice President Al Gore received a 2007 Nobel Prize for his creation of a significant awareness campaign about global warming. The effort moved…more

Knock, Knock … Who’s at your virtual front door?

Ten thousand. That’s a number I heard on the radio as the unofficial record for the most text messages sent by one person in a month’s time. I heard the number, arched my brow, and grabbed a calculator. With 16 waking hours a day, that’s three text messages a minute. Sounds like we’re talking serious…more

‘Reinvent’ your organization using this 7-theme approach

Leading-edge companies are using the economic downturn to re-examine their employee pools – both managerial and    non-managerial. Will the people on board now be able to jump ahead to capitalize on the growth potential on the horizon? Are you one of those who would survive the “new tests” that might be applied in deciding who…more

Managing in a tight market: three tips from a boat show

Listen closely – can you hear it? I do. It’s the big sound of ‘quiet.’ With tough market conditions, you can’t help but notice how quiet things are in selected places. Not long ago, I went out of town for the weekend and found the airport to be delightfully low key. Granted, I flew home…more

Part of your job these days is to control the fear factor

Managers, like most people, are almost reluctant to pick up the newspaper or watch the evening news for fear there will be more negative news about the economy. We are almost glued to the reports about economic indicators, negatively impacted business firms and political jockeying for attention on the best ways in which to solve…more

The winners will be those able to quickly shift gears

When my extended family comes over for dinner, it’s a loud and lively event. There’s plenty of food, conversation and laughter. Our goal is simple: polish off generous helpings of Italian food and wine and have a great time. With this goal in mind, I hosted a holiday dinner for 20 guests that didn’t quite…more

It’s a new year, and with it, a new business landscape

The ghosts and goblins have gone back into hiding. Thanksgiving has passed and Black Friday was light gray. Christmas shopping is over, and the retail merchants are crying while continuing to promote the large leftover inventory at bargain-basement prices. On the other hand, many folks are anxiously awaiting the inauguration of the next president in…more

Grow and nurture your business relationships for better returns

While on a river cruise in Eastern Europe, I found it fascinating to stand on the upper deck and watch the ship maneuver through a series of locks both up- and downriver. Along with other passengers leaning with our arms on the rail, we watched the ship squeeze into locks with barely a foot to…more

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