Give the hardest job to the laziest person

Bill Gates is often credited with the quote, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” It’s a great quote, but it came from Frank B. Gilbreth Sr. He studied the best and poorest bricklayers and stumbled on an astonishing fact; he could learn

How to say goodbye – Part II

The economy is thriving, unemployment is less than 4% Employees with high demand skill sets are being aggressively pursued by recruiters and talent acquisition firms.  

What can you learn from a departing employee?

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Employees leave.  No matter how much time and effort you invest, some will move on.  When they leave, it’s an opportunity to find out why and learn what can be improved in your company.   

What lies do you tell yourself?

In the past, word of mouth and referrals had kept JoAnn’s company busy. But the market was changing with new technology and growing competition.  Sales were starting to slump.   JoAnn knew something had to be done, but she lacked confidence in her own judgment.  She felt ineffective discussing sales with customers.  When she talked to a business mentor about her

Would it make a difference?

Would it make a difference if you … Complimented three people Showed up and shared Sent a card to a friend Became a mentor

I feel lucky today!

One of my favorite songs is by Mary Chapin Carpenter, I Feel Lucky! about a woman, who against all odds, listened to her gut and won big in the lottery.

When You’re Asked to Keep Something Confidential

This might be the shortest and most important blog I write all year.  If you’re asked to keep something confidential…do it. Information is valuable currency and it’s great to be “in the know”.  But in business, reputations are built on trust; keeping information you have been entrusted with confidential makes you credible and trustworthy. The same holds true in personal

Maybe the Norwegians have something…

I admit it, I’m Norwegian and proud of it.  Almost as proud as I am of being an American.  When the Norwegians won the most Olympic medals I cheered and wondered what their secret was.  This insightful Sports Illustrated (SI) article details how the Norwegian coaches work with their athletes.  

Here, catch this!

You’re sitting at your desk eyeing the piles of work stacked up.  The volume is daunting, and all marked “urgent”.  Then another task appears and another.  Here, catch this!  Productivity grinds to a halt.  You have workload paralysis. When people have too much on their plate they often shut down and avoid work altogether; they may play computer games or

Men and Their Friends: Just, Must, Trust and Rust

Dad turned 92 last week; this 2013 blog has been reprinted in celebration of his birthday. My father was a deer hunter, although now that I think about it, I don’t recall him bringing home much venison.  What I do recall is his excitement in anticipation of heading up to a couple old trailers parked in the woods near Minong