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 . . ....Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
"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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Las Vegas vs. Disney: What’s the right price?
Pricing strategy is paramount these days as we face an unpredictable economy with limited future visibility. It's part of a broader strategy, of course, but one of the first things that executives jump to when prices come under fire. Note...Read More
Business Strategy – Evolution with a capital “R”!
I'm always intrigued by the application of revolutionary strategy concepts to established businesses and in the past few days, I've noticed several provocative reports that dramatize businesses seeking innovative ways - or not - to look at their business. The...Read More
Family Businesses – Change or Else What?
Once again, Jack Welch and I are communing about common business issues - in this case, the family business. In the May 19 edition of Business Week, Jack and Suzy Welch respond in their Welchway column to a question about...Read More
A Constitutional Convention for Family Business
Like me - until now - you may have missed the recent Business Week article about family business and the value of a family "constitution" to spell out the Company's vision and set forth important guidelines for relationships, stock ownership,...Read More
Good Advice for Tough Times
Dennis Zeleny, an established HR professional and frequent contributor to Forbes magazine, contributes another POV in a growing list of articles about How to Lead in Tough Times. I think his key points are right on, and represent a compelling...Read More
Anybody got too much time on their hands?
If you wonder whether your facial hair, or where you part your hair, has any relevance to your success, you'll be glad to know that Fortune magazine has taken their journalistic razor to the strop! First, in an article about...Read More
Use adverse times to your advantage
Most of you know Jim Collins as a result of his Good to Great bestseller, which catapulted metaphors like the "hedgehog" and "people on the bus" into the business vernacular. Writing in the current issue of Fortune magazine - the...Read More
The world’s first Billion Dollar Home
Forbes magazine showed a stunning picture in their new May 19, 2008 edition. It is a home in Mumbai, India built by Mukesh Ambani. You've never seen a home like this before . . . 27 stories (down from the...Read More
For you graphics nerds – Starring the CPI!
In today's New York Times, there is an eye-catching picture that will make the nerdiest graphmeister weep. It's a very unique graphical depiction of the Consumer Price Index. You may not know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000...Read More
How to lead during a recession!
Jack Welch doesn't need kudos from me, but I appreciate his recent column (with his wife, Suzy), Keeping Morale Up in a Downturn, in the recent issue of Business Week.It focuses on 2 key characteristics that good leaders possess:1] Transparency,...Read More
Cash Crunch: April 14 Column – Extended Version
For those of you who read the recent column in the April 14 edition of the North Bay Business Journal, entitled A cash crunch necessitates a trip to the bank for a loan, here is the extended version with a...Read More
Family Business Survey
For readers of my January 14th column entitled Small businesses lead economy, but often neglect their own needs, I promised to provide a copy of the 2007 Mass Mutual Family Business Survey.Read More
Exkalibur Advisors Launches!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELary Kirchenbauer is pleased to announce the formation of Exkalibur Advisors, Inc., a firm that will provide financial and strategic advisory services to family businesses and other middle market companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Exkalibur will...Read More
North Bay Business Journal launches Lary’s regular column
On July 2, 2007, the North Bay Business Journal, a subsidiary of the New York Times, announced a new regular column by Lary Kirchenbauer entitled "Building a Business".Read More
Lary speaks to North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum
Recently, I had the privilege of joining a distinguished panel of North Bay executives to participate in the second annual North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and...Read More
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