Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

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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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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Leaping off the cliff: Making your business virtual

Dave’s note:  I am so pleased this week to introduce my co-author of “Get Scrappy,” Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox.  Her firm is a model of a virtual company, with over 100 employees and absolutely no office other than … Continue reading

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How is your corporate and personal credibility?

A friend of mine recently told me his story of how his very career rests on his credibility with his major supplier–partners.  He stated that everything rides upon his credibility when he declares that he can produce a quality product … Continue reading

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Money motivates.

What a title.  Of course money motivates.  But there is more to it then this. Salaries or hourly wages must be within reasonable limits set by the industry and matched by the competition, both regionally and for the same job … 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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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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