Category Archives: Protecting the business

A Lesson: It’s what you ask, not what you know.

A true story with a moral for all of us A friend recently told me a story that had nothing to do with business, but unintentionally had a great lesson for all of us.  He had asked his arborist if … Continue reading

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What do you wish you’d known yesterday?

Here’s the question: Wouldn’t it be great if there were no more digital or printed reports to tell us what happened in the past?  I know. We need financial data for comparison, and to a degree – for planning.  But … Continue reading

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Hire on ability. Fire on fit.

This is not necessarily the way we intend to behave as managers, but our headline reflects the reality of most experiences when viewed in retrospect. Don’t we most often hire based on experience? We carefully vet the potential hire for … Continue reading

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Careful with terminations. Don’t disparage.

It happens all the time when you’re a CEO or manager.  Somebody important leaves or is let go, and you worry over the impact upon remaining employees and customers.  You worry that the person leaving will begin to unload all … Continue reading

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Is “management by walking around” an outmoded fad?

Let’s set the scene. One of the CEOs I used to coach started his day by walking the floor of his extended facility and checking in with managers and employees of the various departments, especially the call center.  He tried … Continue reading

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Stop managers from gaming the system!

Does this really happen? Business unit managers are under lots of pressure to perform, and occasionally are tempted to step over the line finding ways to look better than reality reflects.  Of course, this has never happened to you, and … Continue reading

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Why should you explain WHY?

Remember the five “W’s?” In my early journalism classes, I was taught the five “W’s” of good news stories, and that most should be in the first paragraph at that.  Who, what, when, where and why are the five, with … Continue reading

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Employee vs. contractor: Here we go again.

Why revisit this issue now? 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 https://berkonomics.com/?p=662 for that important insight.  But things have gotten … Continue reading

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How to solve your most critical problems

First, the challenge 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 … Continue reading

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The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

This story has turned out to be one of the most enduring posts ever for me, well worth repeating.  And what a lesson for us all.  I confess that our research cannot find its source.  So, with thanks to whomever … Continue reading

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