Posts made in February, 2016


Do you only associate innovation with those well-known products that changed the course of human history? We all can list “The Big Product Innovations”: the light bulb, telephone, airplane, Post-It-Notes, the Apple personal computer, and the iPhone. OK, maybe Post-It-Notes doesn’t really make the list of “Big Ones”, but I bet you still have some! In 380 BC, Plato wrote the following in his ancient book...

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A generation of current workers are learning that their acquired skills only qualify them for lower-paying, entry-level work in an economy where there are fewer higher-paying jobs. A story in The Washington Post states that about half of college graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree. For half of today’s graduates, in order to move forward in their career, they’re finding that they must learn...

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It’s unsettling to know that we live in an age where more and more working-age people are choosing not to work in our American economy. In the current economic climate, some companies are indeed reducing their business development expectations and capabilities, and are focusing on simply maintaining their market share. The result is that there are fewer interesting and traditionally upwardly mobile jobs being created by our...

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Anna had been working for us for several weeks now, and it just wasn’t working out. The signs of team frustration were appearing again, and I felt that I was beginning to make excuses for our new team member. To be effective, management needs the trust of the team. When the team begins to feel that their leader is protecting and making excuses for a team member, that leader begins to lose the trust of the team members. It was very...

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When the lines between work and social life are blurred, the likelihood of relational dysfunction, substance abuse, or depression among work team members increases. The pressure to be viewed as “always available” can be intense and may result in stress that’s sometimes debilitating. As a manager at several large companies, I saw team members who became unable to cope with their work responsibilities, and in order to protect my...

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