THE TWO LISTS YOU NEED TO PUT ON PAPER

I don’t do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.

Doing research I ran across a question asked by Intel’s co-founder Andy Grove: “If the current CEO were kicked out of the company, what would the new CEO do?”

I am sure that the correct answer by the new CEO would be a blend of three lists. The first list would contain all the things that the leader should continue ...

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Is Your Company About Talent?

Baseball is a leading sport in America and it is a significant business. The thirty teams in Major League Baseball are valued in the hundreds of millions and annual combined revenues are in the billions of dollars.

What makes this sport interesting is that baseball is a business of talent. Businesses can learn from baseball about how to acquire, focus, manage, and coach employees.

Goals
Baseball teams begin the season with a stated goal. This goal is set by the ownership of ...

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Why the Owner is a Bad Apple

Many people I know enjoy at least one television reality show that they will admit as being a guilty pleasure. Mine happens to be “Bar Rescue.”

The premise of the show is that within just a few days, bar turnaround expert Jon Taffer can change mindsets, educate the staff, straighten out lousy owners, remodel the venue and rebrand the bar to appeal to a demographic that will make the business profitable.

As each episode begins, Taffer enters a failing bar like a ...

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The Magic of the Report Card

It is Spring break; time off from school for students of all ages. This time of year is when students bring home progress reports from school and conversations are held at home about grades earned in the classroom.

I remember those parental conversations; some were not pleasant. New Math, it turns out, was not really new and History was dates and people you learned about for a test and then that became part of your history.

Like many people, I have mixed ...

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