Your People

Recently, I was speaking with a manager in my organization. He said something which I hand’t heard in a while, but was once a common refrain in my own early managerial career. “Sometimes it gets to the point where it’s just easier to do it myself.”

Metallurgists and Cabinet Makers

As a company grows to a certain size, inevitably it becomes impractical to know everyone in the organization. And when you join a company that’s already big, it’s entirely possible for you to not know about certain divisions or practices. It was exactly this lack of knowledge that caused me to be immeasurably excited by […]

The Great Game of Business

Back at the beginning of Summer, I put together a back-to-the-basics reading list. But as I’ve progressed through this particular summer, I’ve had more time to think about personal and collective motivation. How do you get your employees goals aligned with your goals? And I thought back to one book that has shaped my thinking […]

Back to The Basics

As we head into summer here, I thought it might be useful to put together a quick summer reading list. If you haven’t already read these three books, go get them now: The Art of War (kindle) (Apple Books) The Book of Five Rings (kindle) (Apple Books) The Prince (kindle) (Apple Books) If you have […]

Predator or Prey

As we sit here, pondering whether or not we’re in the middle of a recession or entering a recovery, I’m reminded of an old business adage: “When times are good, advertise. When times are tough, advertise more.” Now, that adage certainly isn’t a truism. There are plenty of businesses out there for whom spending extra […]