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A mountain of paperwork to prevent junk faxes?

So much for the the digital age, the conquering hero of tree huggers and the enemy of the ax man. Both groups seem pretty safe. Check out the recent Business Week article entitled “A Pile of Paperwork . . . . ” to see what the federal government has wrought. The beautiful part? The number…

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More thoughts on Leading in a Recession

Global uber consultant Ram Charan wrote an article back in February that I went back and dug up when I realized how many people have asked for tips about leading in a recession. There are several such references on The Daily Blog under Leadership, all of which are both insightful and provocative. Ram Charan’s prescription…

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Employee Engagement is all the rage!

At our CEO Round Table meeting recently, we learned of a new study by Towers Perrin on workplace effectiveness. In particular, we discussed proven ways to get employees “engaged” in your business and the significant performance improvement than can result. Time wrote an article, “The Rage to Engage“, that touches on some of these findings.

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Stock Option Grants from 2000? Down $150 Billion!

It’s a sobering time for many who relied upon stock options to pay for college, fund the Aspen country home, quit work at 30 and buy the G4 . . . . you know what I mean. Here’s a short article from Time that places equity compensation wisely among other compensation trends – including the…

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In Memoriam

“The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of…

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Amazing Customer Service? Pay Employees to Quit!

Bill Taylor, the cofounder of Fast Company and author of Mavericks at Work, wrote a recent post about Zappos, the online shoe retailer that expects sales to top $1 billion this year after first year sales of $70 million only 5 years ago. In many ways, Zappos success is the story of extraordinary customer service…

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20 Years! $20 Million! 15 Minutes???

Here’s a great article about the extraordinary feat being attempted tomorrow by Michael Fournier, a retired French paratrooper. He’s going to ascend 25 miles above the earth in a hot air balloon and then skydive back to earth, breaking 4 world records and traveling at supersonic speeds from, yes, 130,000 feet above the earth! It’s…

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Fresh Thinking? Please apply here!

For one fresh approach to the business world, read about the Wexley School for Girls – which is exactly what it isn’t! You should also read Suzy and Jack’s Welch’s column this week about How to Bust into the Big Leagues. At a minimum, these quick reads will remind you that there are unique solutions…

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Micro Management can be a Good Thing!

In the May 26 issue of Business Week, Best Buy is celebrated for empowering its store managers to think locally about micro-markets that could provide differentiated selling opportunities. Here’s the key point: As a result, Best Buy believes it sames-store sales will be up 1-3% this year despite the sluggish economy! So, managers have targeted…

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Can you say your Strategy?

The April issue of the Harvard Business Review carried an article entitled Can You Say What Your Strategy Is? In short, the authors, David Collis and Michael Rukstad, describe a framework to create a sound statement of strategy that everyone in the company can internalize and use to guide their choices and priorities. I can’t…

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