First, Fire the Leaders

Another week, another crop of downsizings, and with few notable exceptions, HR people are telling me how they’re choosing the leaders over the non-leaders as the keepers.  And I’m groaning inside. Has anyone figured out how companies run when everyone’s a leader? For one thing, no one’s willing to make the coffee. For another, the […]

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Back to Work!

The economy might, on average, be improving, but if you – or someone you love – worked in a factory that closed, the odds are, their personal economy is worse. Maybe even a lot worse. It’s easy to blame it on politics and trade agreements, but let’s talk about what business owners can do to […]

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How to Fire Someone

Ok I’ll admit it: I like power. I like to have it, I like to exercise it, I like it a whole lot. And I even like the responsibility that comes with it. Sometimes it gets me places I didn’t think I’d ever be going. Like having to advise someone to fire someone. Sort of. […]

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Onboarding: The First Seven Days

A lot has been written about the complexities of executive onboarding, generally giving a calendar of a few months duration to fully get with the program. Executives, one might infer from this, are hothouse flowers requiring judicious amounts of care and feeding lest they wilt before their time. Or worse. I don’t buy it. Really, […]

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