Wartime and peacetime CEOs

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In 2001, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz described the Peacetime and the Wartime CEO. During “peacetime” a company can focus on expanding, providing a large advantage over the competition. Conversely, in “wartime”, a company must fend off an imminent threat.

Did You Hear What I Just Said?

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw  When it comes to communication, most of us think we’re pretty good at it. But how often have you told your spouse, child, teammate, or subordinate how to perform a task, only to discover the results are not what you expected?

Wring Your Hands or D.A.R.E

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Everything is in flux.  People accustomed to commuting to offices are adjusting to working from home.  Families are trying to find new and creative ways of interacting and entertaining themselves.  Schools (from kindergarten through college) are attempting to find a balance between safety and education.

What Key Drivers Do You Watch?

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Understanding key drivers and how to identify them is critical at any time, but even more so in today’s topsy-turvy business environment. A key business driver is an indicator that has a major impact on the performance of your specific business.  The secret to success is identifying essential ones that: 

JULY 2020 ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF THE MONTH: The best boss I ever worked for was so good because… How does that relate to how you manage people today?

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The best boss I ever worked for was so good because …  How does that relate to how you manage people today? 1. I worked as a bar manager in college.  The owner was so good because he cared.  We had some great late-night conversations that went well into the wee hours of the morning.  He was interested and he

The Law of Thirds

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In every organization there are: The Naysayers who aren’t for you.  They may not speak out, but you have a gut feeling they don’t have your back.  These people don’t want the best for you; they might be passive or aggressive in their resistance.