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Strategy is what you choose NOT to do!

By now, you know that the Sunday NY Times Corner Office series is oft-quoted here to highlight varying aspects of leadership that flow from Adam Bryant’s conversations with notable CEOs and business leaders. This week he interviewed Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female President of Harvard University. Communication is a critical factor in her leadership…

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Vol 52 – Building a Business: Health Costs

The North Bay Business Journal, a publication of the New York Times, is a weekly business newspaper which covers the North Bay area of San Francisco – from the Golden Gate bridge north, including the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa counties. This page provides the Print-Friendly Version of the article, as published. Any related…

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Alignment is the essence of management

… or so says Fred Smith, Chairman and Founder of Federal Express. By any other name, there is no substitute for making sure that everyone on your team is “aligned” … with the goals of the organization, its vision and mission, its values …. One way to discover a lack of alignment is to send…

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Update: Small Business Stimulus

The other day we learned of renewed efforts promised by the Obama Administration to stimulate small business. This week, they announced some plans to sweeten guaranteed loan programs. The administration is allowing a few weeks for comments before finalizing these details. The SBA will raise loan limits from $2m to $5M Local banks can get…

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Incentives Rule! The freaks are back in SuperFreakonomics.

Many of you reading these pages have heard my refrain that “Incentives are the cornerstone of life”, a mantra preached by Steven Levitt & Co. in their landmark book, Freakonomics. Their blog calls it “the hidden side of everything.” Welcome to SuperFreakonomics, the newest contribution to their study of incentives and how they dominate the…

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Answers are good. Questions are better!

I regularly read the Corner Office column in Sunday’s NY Times because the CEOs being interviewed invariably identify important leadership components that are valuable reminders of issues often overlooked. In his recent interview, Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, reminds us that the questions are often more important than the answers. We’ve all got some basic…

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It’s about time!

Tomorrow, the Obama Administration is scheduled to announce new initiatives to spur small business lending. Among the initiatives are increasing limits for SBA loan and make it easier for smaller banks to access TARP money. As we know, the SBA estimates that small business creates 60-80% of new jobs. So, if job creation is number…

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Vol. 51 – Never Give Up! Never, Never, Never!

At first, I figured it was too late to talk about surviving the economic storm we’re in … and then, I thought, hey, this isn’t over. What does this recession really look like? Maybe the sense of impending doom has dissipated but the reduced level of business activity and an increasing sense of frugality in…

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