Trampled By Elephants

There are elephants hiding in most companies. Actually, since elephants are quite large, they can’t really hide. Everyone knows where the elephants are, they just  pretend they don’t see them. When someone spots an elephant and asks a question about it, they’re met with deafening silence or a clever...

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Bad or Great: Which Kind of Manager Are You?

“Bad managers are self-centered but not self-aware.” “Great managers are both passionate and compassionate.” Last year, the Predictive Index surveyed 5,103 employees across the business spectrum on dozens of traits of their managers. The result? They validated what we all know. Bad managers are all about themselves. Good managers care about...

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It’s Getting Hotter

As climate scientists have been continuously warning, the Earth is getting hotter. And yet, perhaps some of you still fall into the “how can this be, it’s freezing out here ” camp. Sorry, but weather is not the same thing as climate and the vagaries of local weather—including the...

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Banish Bad Meetings

Do you ever wish your day was filled with more meetings? I thought not. Almost everyone hates meetings. The general consensus is they are boring, ineffective, way too long, filled with tangents and random discussion, and waste a tremendous amount of time. And half the people in the meeting...

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I Published A Few Typos!

This morning I received a call from a regular reader. His first words were “I can’t share this missive.” He followed this up with “Emerge Stronger From The Downturn has several typos in it, and you never have typos which is one of the reasons I like to read...

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Emerge Stronger From The Downturn

“The Next Recession Could Happen Sooner Than We Think” warns Randy Brown in Forbes. Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg writing in Money gives us a date: “Next Recession is Coming by 2021” My personal theory is that what goes up eventually comes down.  The good news is that so far every time...

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Leave Me Alone!

This  morning as eight of us were getting organized to begin a business meeting, one of the participants needed to gripe about something. “As I get closer and closer to 65, I am deluged by companies trying to sell me their Medicare insurance plans. Everyone seems to know my birthday. And...

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Speak Up Addendum

“I see a bit of this myself in a different way.” So began one of the numerous responses I received to my last missive Speak Up.* The reader who sent the comment is a neurologist involved in research and treatment of wounded veterans. In this capacity he works with an...

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