Category Archives: the business of business

Corporate Culture is visible if you know what to look for . . .

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs Not too long ago a friend of mine asked how to tell a reputable plumber or tradesman from the “cowboy” fixit men … Continue reading

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Is Business Advice from the 19th and 20th Century Still Valid in the Internet Age?

There is no question that we are currently in an age when the fundamental economics of business success are being rewritten almost daily.  The internet and 24/7 connectivity, coupled with global transparency and compounded by breakneck technological advances in all fields have made … Continue reading

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Building Your Corporate Culture: One Critical Practice

One of the most overlooked drivers of corporate culture is employee selection.  Think about it.  What if you could identify and hire individuals who fit not only the job requirements, but also the culture requirements?  In other words, people who … Continue reading

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The 1 Leadership Failure: The Nose Knows . . .

A while ago I attended a panel discussion at London Business School hosted by the UK Turnaround Management Association.  On the panel were experts from the various professions brought in to deal with distressed companies – legal, operational, financial, advisory, banking … Continue reading

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Cultural Drift

Change happens, whether we force it or ignore it! I clearly remember my second year in college sitting in a marine geology class and discussing the then revolutionary topic of continental drift. After decades of theories and much scoffing at … Continue reading

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The Wrong End of the Telescope?

When the dust settles on the recent meltdown of the global financial markets much of the fault will be attributed to poor leadership – especially at the top of large financial institutions where leaders were unable to stem personal and … Continue reading

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A Test for Accountability . . .

Those with a mindset of accountability make things happen and get results.  Those without accountability make excuses and have ample reasons for their lack of results! Success in life, success in business and success most everywhere seems to accompany the … Continue reading

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