Author Archives: Dave Berkus

Protect your international traveling employees.

As your company grows, you will probably have to make conclusions about traveling employees, and travel for yourself.  There are vast opportunities internationally that require careful planning to execute well.  One of the most critical decisions is how to enter … Continue reading

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The coffee and wine school of innovation.

Here’s one for debate around a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.  Most innovation occurs when creative people are relaxed and thinking about other things. We all can picture the corporate R&D lab with tens of scientists working … Continue reading

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Reward success and failure. Punish only inaction.

Reward failure?  That may be a difficult concept for an executive. And there are limits of course. We wouldn’t reward a failure to follow laws, or protect lives, or deliberate endangerment of the company or its people. But should we … Continue reading

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Power is sometimes assumed when not granted.

How many times have you heard someone say “Let’s do it now and ask permission later?”  It’s a common practice in companies where there is a barrier between levels in the chain of command, or lack of communication between contemporaries.  … Continue reading

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A tale of two CEOs and the management of pain

This is the tale of two CEOs, one of them unfortunately….me.  It’s a story of how people handle unusual situations when selling to the top – an executive of a prospective customer.  And the stories couldn’t be more different. Recently … Continue reading

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Protect your outlier innovators.

Here’s one for executives of technology companies, or any company with next generation products in mind.  As your business grows more complex and there are more employees to manage and more customers to care for, slowly you will notice that … Continue reading

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Fire yourself. Rehire a new you.

When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.  It is one reason not to fear the unknown when upper … Continue reading

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Are you too emotionally involved in the decision?

Negotiating an agreement, especially one that involves personal gain, is tough for the person personally involved.  There is too much to lose to be objective, to be willing to walk when terms go upside down. It is my experience that … Continue reading

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Help your employees to grow through their position.

When we accept the work commitment from a person we hire, we make a pact with the new employee that often stops at agreeing to pay for service rendered and to provide a safe working environment. There should be more … Continue reading

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Don’t manage with “what” without “why!”

Empowering your direct reports with the reasons for your orders gives them incentive to act, motivation to accept authority, and purpose behind action.  I try to teach this with the simple phrase that is the headline of this insight. Think … Continue reading

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