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Category >> Managing Your Staff
Sep 04
2015

Disgusting Public Behavior

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Two recent news stories that occurred in well-known public places caught my attention.

The fist was from New York Times Square where topless women painted their unclothed bodies and passed it off as art allowing folks to take pictures for a price. The displays were not limited to females. One male singer performed in the Square clad in cowboy boots and underwear. Clearly many tourists and others were exposed to nudity. Would you want to take your kids into this type of situation? Would you even want to place yourself in such a place?

Aug 31
2015

Terminating People

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Letting a person go is a painful experience for you and the separated employee. The process should be difficult. You never want termination to come by whim or unsupported evidence.  You can read my suggested process in my earlier article “Biblical Dismissal:” http://bit.ly/1PvBbV6

Aug 26
2015

Managing Large Projects

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Large projects can make you feel like you are trying to eat an elephant. If you look at the whole elephant, you will toss your hands in the air and walk away. You can’t imagine eating the whole thing. The only way to eat an elephant is to start with one slice, then another and another until you finish. Over time the elephant will disappear.

Jul 07
2014

Effective Middle Management

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The army uses experienced sergeants and captains as the heart of what makes the army work.  These are middle managers. When these people are effective, the army runs well.  If not, problems will abound.

Business is similar. The Pareto distribution formula indicates that 20% of the bosses will be effective.  Unless you work under one of the 20% good bosses, you will learn little management skills.

May 28
2014

Guaranteeing Results

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Regular readers know that I believe there is power in a money back guarantee.  (http://bit.ly/1sqLUVu   ). This is different from guaranteeing results. 

A client asked if I would guarantee that his business would increase after our meeting together. My short answer was no. I do offer money back after every session if my client believes that it wasn’t worth the time and money invested.  What I can’t guarantee is a result over time because I can’t guarantee how a client will implement my recommendations.