Mess Makers and Fixers

It became clear as I listened to the conversation around the table: there are two kinds of people in the world – the mess-makers and the mess-fixers. Mess makers come in all shapes and sizes; their intentions may or may not be good.  Some know they are manipulative, but others don’t have a clue.   

Multiplication by Subtraction

It could happen to you.  A crucial member of your staff leaves.  You have a decision to make.  Do you replace or not? A company owner I recently talked to was faced with that complicated  decision.  Replacing the employee would have been the logical choice; it would have filled out the team and made customers feel better.  It would have

The Devil is in the Details and the Fine Print

The saying “the devil is in the details or the fine print” cautions us to be wary.  When you open a bank account, log into a website, sign up for a “free” app or a new cell phone, you agree to terms spelled out in the fine print that carry significant implications.  While you should read the fine print before

The Secret is Leverage

How is it that one person can be super-productive, appearing calm and collected, while the person at the next desk is swimming in paperwork and frazzled? The super-productive person has learned the secret of leverage.   

You Should Pick Up Pennies Too

Linda here. Walking across a parking lot last week I spied a penny on the ground.  I picked it up.  Picking up coins off the ground has been a long-standing pastime for me.  Money is money, whether it’s a penny, a quarter or a dollar.   

Are you an “efficient multitasker?”

Linda here. I’m the kind of woman who likes to get things done.  I can wash clothes, fix dinner and keep track of characters in my favorite Netflix series at the same time.  I can even browse Facebook and text my daughter on top of all that.  Efficient, right?   

I’ve had a #!%@#! day!

Linda here. We have all had them – a day that starts bad and gets worse:  The dog wouldn’t come in which made you late for work. In a hurry and fumbling for keys, you drop your phone on the driveway and crack the screen.  Your boss/foreman/assistant looks like she’s in a sour mood as you walk by.  Then lunch

How do you attract “Cream-of-the Crop” employees?

Linda here. A topic that crops up frequently in our CEO Roundtables is how to attract great employees.  The labor pool has plenty of average candidates, but businesses who want the best may have to brush up on the latest hiring strategies.   

How Will You Dent the Universe?

In high school I participated in speech competitions called forensics, as did many of my friends.  One friend had a speech impediment which made it difficult to understand what she was saying.  I often wondered what made Carol brave enough at 16, to speak in front of an audience and panel of judges.

Is The Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Linda here. I heard an interesting phrase last week: “The juice isn’t worth the squeeze”. It caught my attention because it could mean so many things. The context in which it was used was attempting to determine if trying to achieve a goal would be worth the effort. Said another way, would the reward outweigh the risk?