Author Archives: Dave Berkus

Micro–train; macro–manage

Dave’s note:  The week, we again welcome Kim Shepherd as our guest author, with her blunt, on-the-target style.  As always, you should enjoy her insights for management… By Kim Shepherd You have enough on your plate without having to hold … Continue reading

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Hire “Jacks” (and “Jills”)

Sometimes you need to hire a specialist already trained in a single narrow task.  But for most of us, we’d do far better hiring someone who has proven from past experience to be a “jack of all trades” able to … Continue reading

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Work–life balance is now a cliché

Dave’s Note:  Our special guest author this week is Kelly Graham from Decision Toolbox, Inc.  You’ll enjoy her take on one of the basic issues of our business-personal lives… By Kelly Graham Finding work–life balance is one of the most … Continue reading

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Work on your three levels of leadership

Another leadership development bit?  Yup. But if you have no time or are impatient, here are the three levels:  visionary, strategic and tactical.  Skip or stay, but think about your balance in leadership either way. As a leader, you have … Continue reading

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Employee vs. contractor: Here we go again.

Several years ago, I wrote an extensive article on the ten most important tests of a company in classifying a person as an independent contractor.  See http://berkonomics.com/?p=662 for that important insight.  But things have gotten much more complicated lately, partly … Continue reading

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The Power of the glass half empty

Dave’s note:  This week we again welcome my co-author of “Get Scrappy” to give us some of her sage advice in only a way she could express it.  You’ll enjoy her style and message… By Kim Shepherd It’s great to … Continue reading

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Leadership: Sell the dream; Make the reality.

As a leader, you set the goals, establish the strategies and tactics to get there (with help from others of course) and sell the dream to all of your stakeholders.  And that includes potential customers as well as executives and … Continue reading

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The power of THREE – Solving critical issues

Let’s say you have been told by your board, by your chairman, CEO, or direct leader to solve three problems you identify and report back within a month showing progress – or that you have solved these three. First, you’d … Continue reading

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How do you measure your effectiveness as a leader?

There are many roads to Rio, so they say.  But there is one overwhelming method of appraising the effectiveness of a business leader. Outcomes. We can invent lots of metrics to measure progress for a leader, including revenue, profit, employee … Continue reading

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The seven attributes of a highly successful start–up CEO

Dave’s note:  This week we welcome guest author, David Friedman, to tell us about his favorite startup CEO, and his take after interviewing her – asking for her list of attributes for startup success.   By David Friedman I met Kirsten Mangers … Continue reading

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