Author Archives: Dave Berkus

Are you the leader if no one follows?

Here is a variation of the “tree falls in the forest” question.  In past insights, we’ve looked at leadership skills, ways to enhance effectiveness, and how to develop creative ideas that motivate and propel your organization to greatness.  Here is … Continue reading

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What can you buy for an extra $1 million?

Dave’s note:  Here comes my favorite “tell-it-like-it-is” CEO, Kim Shepherd, with another of her “crazy” (meaning excellent) ideas to pry innovative ideas from associates.  Does the headline grab your attention?  Read on… By Kim Shepherd What can your department or … Continue reading

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Don’t go on a phishing trip!

Dave’s note: Our guest author this week is Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Alvaka Networks, a network services and security firm in Irvine, California. He is a trusted technology and security consultant and public … Continue reading

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The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

This story has been making the rounds lately, and I confess that our research cannot find the source.  So, with thanks to whomever created this great little parable, here it is: “Every day, a small Ant arrived at work early … Continue reading

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The power of NO!

Over the years I have counseled entrepreneurs to think of a “no” response in terms of “yes, but…”  There is always another way to say “no” that leaves the door open for creative thinking. Well, almost always. Sometimes, you just … Continue reading

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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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