Archive for December 2018

Stop Tweaking Blog

tweak verb (used with object) to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to pull or pinch the nose of, especially gently: to make a minor adjustment to: I could write a blog about any of the definitions of “tweak,” but my focus today is on definition #3.  More specifically, I’m thinking of the incessant adjustments that many of us (me included) feel is needed before we release whatever we are working on for public…

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The Illusion of an Agreement Blog

            You have given your staff their marching orders.  These are detailed verbal instructions of what you want them to do, how to do what you want, and what you are looking for as an outcome.             Several days later when they report back, what they have done is nothing like you envisioned.             What…

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Merry Christmas

Keeping Christmas in perspective is often tough for small business owners and entrepreneurs. We too often get caught up in the insane level of activity surrounding this particular holiday. I find myself focused on which of my staff is taking time off, and then worry about how can I continue to get projects completed with…

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Objections to Change

I’m not going to change, and you can’t make me! Change When I encounter someone resistant to change, I like to direct the conversation back to 1960, just 58 short years ago. In 1960, white bread was a health food. Diabetes and obesity were relatively rare. The newspaper was the way most people heard about…

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Have a Good Day

Wouldn’t it be great to get up each morning and know with certainty that you are going to have a great day, no matter what? I know people like that and have always wondered what they know that I do not. Your Day What I have learned is that anyone can have a great day…

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Take a Break

Do you demand your employees take a break from work? Although it is an unusual “demand,” there may be more merit in requiring work breaks than I originally thought. The Statistics I’m always surprised by many of the statistics about productivity in the American workplace. One surprising statistic is from an article about the most…

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Influencing Culture

In the fall of 2017, I wrote a multi-week-long blog (October 3, 2017, to November 14, 2017) on company culture.       The premise of that blog series was to intentionally change your company culture to reflect characteristics that lead to success. The last of this series was a blog on maintaining your company culture once…

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Productivity Practices

“We need to get more work out of fewer employees.” Work Load This is a quote I made at a recent project managers meeting. Economic conditions have made finding new employees nearly impossible yet the workload in my business continues to grow. While I understand the philosophy to turn down work that cannot be completed,…

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Job Burnout

As with many of my blogs, what I write about is in real time.  And as I write, I’m dealing with one of my key employees who is on the verge of burnout. Situation Being a small company, two things we struggle with are cross training and balancing workloads.  Our departments are so specialized that…

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