Management Perspective

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

Managing in these tough times means adapting to new realities

Stability (sweet word). Growth (also sweet). National optimism (remember when?). Full employment (global competition has eroded this concept). Retirement anticipation (yesteryear). The election period is almost behind us, and these concepts seem to have faded away as we come to grips with basic economic problems, not just in Washington but in all of our workplaces…more

Leaner workforce after layoffs? This will help get the job done

Every month the calendar seems to serve up a holiday or other occasion that provides a good excuse for enjoying a fantastic meal. After these adventures in caloric overload, you begin to strategize how to compensate for them. Diet fads are the rage. Consumers voraciously devour the latest promise for easy weight loss with no…more

To refresh your business mind, try curling up with a good book

September is typically viewed as the end of summer, the time for kids to become students again, and often a month for a final late-summer vacation … maybe a quiet week at the beach. Rest and relaxation is needed by the human body and also the human spirit. Businessmen and women often become so wrapped…more

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