Articles

Should I Move?

Article by , July 18, 2018

Our clients frequently call with questions such as:  Should we renew our lease?  Should we move to a lower cost area?  Should we move to a lower cost state?  What considerations should we think about when evaluating our manufacturing and logistics network?  Should we outsource? Thus, we thought it would be prudent to address some questions […]
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Catch A Gear

Article by , July 18, 2018

Generally, I write at a PG-13 level — for minds of an impressionable age. However, this article is intended, only, for mature audiences.
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Mindful Leadership-Assess Your Humility Level

Article by , July 16, 2018

Do you frequently lose your temper? Perhaps you’re short with people or pressing your points without regarding theirs. Take stock of how people respond to you. Is there an issue with your approach? If your employees try to avoid you or resist bringing up difficult topics, you may be overbearing. Focus on being calm and collected, and recognize the harm caused by a lack of kindness or empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of a person confronted with your gruff approach.
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Management By Walking Around (MBWA), or Please Don’t “Prowl, Growl & Scowl”

Article by , July 12, 2018

Management by walking around (MBWA) is a common management practice that can be very helpful in managing and engaging employees, setting a good example, and staying in touch with what’s really happening with employees.  It means that the manager leaves his or her office to go out “onto the floor” of the office, plant, lab, etc. and see what people are doing.  The purpose is two-fold: both to learn what is going on and get a sense of morale, and also to demonstrate that you’re interested and present. Here are 8 tips that will help you and your employees benefit from MBWA without it turning into “prowl, growl and scowl.”
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Five reasons “Equal pay” is unfair

Article by , July 12, 2018

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I am not about to defend pay differentials based on gender, physical appearance, religion, disability, fashion sense, favorite vegetable, or any other arbitrary criterion. However, I am suggesting that the debate over equal pay and the way organizations think about pay and remuneration needs to be completely reframed. Here […]
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People Rule

Article by , July 10, 2018

Why does Southwest Airlines outperform the competition by a long shot in employee turnover (7% vs. 25% industry average)?  People! As our long-term readers know, we believe that people rule!  There is just no doubt about it – our most successful clients are similar to Southwest and JetBlue as it relates to people – executives […]
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Why and How

Article by , July 10, 2018

The secret to getting things done is to ask, “Who is going to do What by When?” An even greater mystery to doing the right things is to know, “Why and How!” There’s a story about a Montana rancher that goes something like this —
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Quiet Leaders, Chaotic Consequences

Article by , July 10, 2018

People seek relief when confronted with obnoxious or ego-driven leaders. They long for a manager who’s quiet, thoughtful, reserved and capable of creating a peaceful culture. This scenario seems wonderful, on the surface: a break from ongoing torture. But behind their deceptive façade, quiet leaders often present a world of uncertainties and unanticipated challenges. Accompanying the more obvious benefits are surprising detriments that can be as debilitating to the organization as those inflicted by their overbearing counterparts.
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