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Influencing Culture

Dec 10, 2018

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

Dec 6, 2018

“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

Dec 3, 2018

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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Rise to the Challenge

Nov 29, 2018

Do you like a challenge? Maybe you enjoy a new board game, a difficult piece of music, or a 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle? Do you like a challenge at work such as an eccentric client, an unexpected design issue, or a problematic employee? Challenges If you are like me, the answer is yes and no.  There…

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Talking to People

Nov 23, 2018

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blogs. As is the case with many writers, speakers, and preachers, the messages they seek to convey are as much for the reader’s benefit as they are for their benefit. This is true for me.  I write about the issues I need to…

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Difficult Decisions

Nov 8, 2018

Have you ever thought about how many decisions you make in a single day? I suggest you try to count them. For many, the first decision is to turn off the alarm and get up, or hit the snooze button and get ten more minutes of sleep.  The next decision might be to either let…

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The Hiring Game

Nov 5, 2018

I have several acquaintances who relish the idea of spending an evening playing a board game.  They have closets full of all sorts of games.  The current “hot” game is Catan, but they also like the classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, and Bananagrams. These are games that you can start and stop whenever you…

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What to Change

Nov 1, 2018

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. This prayer is known as the Serenity Prayer and is used by many self-help seekers and 12-step programs. Its power lies in its simplicity and honesty. Everything is in one…

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Breaking Mental Barriers

Oct 29, 2018

You can’t do that! This statement is used all the time.  People have said it to me, and I’ve said it to other people.  But I’d guess we say it to ourselves more often than we think. Big Barriers When I hear the phrase “breaking mental barriers” I immediately think of a person overcoming monumental…

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Successfully Winning an Argument

Oct 25, 2018

If I win, does that automatically mean you lose? Arguments An inevitable part of being in business is occasionally finding ourselves in discussion with an employee, a business partner, a client, or a municipality that turns into an argument.  Both parties are knowledgeable, experienced and sure of what they are discussing, yet they firmly disagree.…

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