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How Most Subs Give Anything But a Sub-Par Performance

When you hear “substitute,” what comes to mind? I think about substitute teachers. When I was a kid, a substitute teacher was not really asked to teach—he or she was more of a caretaker, someone called in to babysit a … Continue reading

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The Olympics Are Life’s Training Table – Part Two

What follows is my fourth and final note on the Games of the XXX Olympiad.  As I said last week, the comments below are to me much more than ideas or considerations; they are my takeaway; they have solid, redeeming … Continue reading

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Boiling Down Olympic-Game Medals and Your Company’s Income Statement

The Olympics is about to start! It’s hard to believe that four years has passed since Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals.  A lot of water has splashed out of the pool since that historic performance. But more … Continue reading

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In Baseball as in Organizations, Players, not Tactics, Win Games

Recently I read a review article about a new book on baseball managers. The author was comparing several managers to answer the question: “Who is the better manager? Someone steeped in strategic acumen, the type of guy who constantly shuffles players … Continue reading

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Let’s Do Two Things At Once

I just read a fascinating article on human evolution by scientist Matthew Ridley.  The article centers on the question of whether human evolution has stopped. I have no definitive answer except to say that we have all come upon folks … Continue reading

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Undercover Bosses Learn to “Manage Through Their Fingertips”

Have you watched the TV show Undercover Boss? The plot is simple. The CEOs of well known companies assume fictitious identities.  Posing as workers-in-training, they are introduced to co-workers–most often those engaged in tedious, entry-level jobs in the boss’s own … Continue reading

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Driving Your Business Forward—by Learning to Shed “The Good Old Days”

Have you ever visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan?  It’s really neat.  I recently read an article, “Driving America,” explaining that not only is the museum displaying selected cars – starting with an 1895 Roper Steam Carriage, but … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLVI – One Play at a Time to Win

While it is almost impossible for the Super Bowl game to rise to the dramatic expectations stoked by the media and advertisers, what occurs on the field always provides teachings applicable to our business and personal lives.  First, the team … Continue reading

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Really? By Phone? Joe Paterno deserved better.

Much as courage is form-fitted to the occasion that demands a heroic act, in times of crisis we try to form and bring the correct judgment–our internal compass, of sorts, to any problem that stands before us. We often succeed, … Continue reading

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Friendly Fire on the Corporate Battlefield

In August 1944 Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer Prize-winning WWII war correspondent, gave us a small glimpse of the horror of war as he described what it would be like when that war ended:  “It will seem odd when at some … Continue reading

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