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DO NOT give Le Creuset cookware this Christmas

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November 23, 2010

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23 November 2010 Le Creuset. Enamel-coated, cast iron cookware. Beautiful…except at Le Creuset CAST stands for Crack-and-Shatter Technology. Cast iron, I always thought as robust, indestructible and heirloom quality; so you can imagine my shock when the brand new, $260 saucier pan got bumped off the counter and broke in […]

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LABOR DAY…a “thank you” to all who work so hard, everyday

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May 30, 2010

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May 2010 Today is Labor Day here in the States. Historically, a day to celebrate the Labor Movement created in 1894 as a peace token by President Grover Cleveland after troublesome labor clashes. Let me take a broader perspective on labor and generalize it to all of us out there […]

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MEMORIAL DAY…a “thank you” to all who serve

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May 30, 2010

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30 May 2010 Here in the States, tomorrow is a day to remember all the people who have served in the military, with special tribute to those who have given their lives protecting us. Regardless of where you live in the world, if you have served in the military to […]

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Visible Problems Get Solved

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March 29, 2010

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29 March 20120 Was it rude to fill a Material Controller’s office with boxes of problem parts waiting for his resolution? Not if you subscribe to a school of thought called “Management by Eye.” Making the invisible visible and reducing the complex to simple opens the door to a world […]

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Drive Poor Performance with Ineffective Dialogue

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February 16, 2010

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16 February 2010 Running your organization with ineffective dialogue gives the same results as running your car without oil; they seize-up! Are you observing the performance degrading implications of ineffective dialogue? They can range from general disengagement and malaise to people being summarily removed from their jobs. Give yourself a […]

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The 6 Affirmations of Successful People

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January 5, 2010

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5 January 2010 We will succeed regardless of the economy! Consider the wisdom distilled from people who excel in their career. Careful observation shows a set of affirmations, declarations that these people make through their daily behaviors. 1. I can describe my picture of ‘success.’ 2. I am the institution […]

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When Your Employees Throw You Under the Bus

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October 26, 2009

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26 October 2009 The communication company, Comcast, recently upgraded their broadcast capabilities and required customers to contact a Comcast office for conversion equipment. I went to a local office and was surprised to find if full of customers. I dutifully took my number and waited. 30 minutes later the customer […]

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The Price Tag of Loyalty Lost

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September 25, 2009

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September 2009 Twenty-six technical people gathered in a room last week with me to discuss how they would seize market opportunities from their competitors. Even in this economy, they knew they have motivated customers with both the funding and legal incentive to bid projects. The meeting was focused, informative, motivational, […]

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Individuals Make a Difference

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July 21, 2009

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August 31, 2009 INDIVIDUALS MAKE A DIFFERENCE 23 years ago to the month, I led a labor-management group to a major American motorcycle company to see first-hand collaborative labor relations and just-in-time manufacturing. They were the place to go to see how to fight off foreign competition and be re-made […]

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Inside the Circle but Not at the Table

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June 21, 2009

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21 June 2009 Inside the Circle but Not at the Table The challenges of managing Government Cleared work Power hides in many places throughout an organization. In the April edition, the power of personal bias in regulatory experts was explored along with the associated risk to the business. Power also […]

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