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28 10, 2012

My Plan for Growing the Economy

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 28th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The American economy needs to grow again. Not the 1.5 – 2.0 percent growth we have seen over the past months. We need real growth in the 3.5 – 4.0 percent range. That is the only way to put millions of people back to work; advance our quality of life; [...]

16 09, 2012

If They Don’t Trust You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Two incidents occurred in the past week that reinforces a critical factor in every leader’s effectiveness: The impact of mistrust. Both incidents prove this truth about the ability to influence others: If they don’t trust you, everything you say will be twisted against you and nothing you say will be given the benefit of the doubt.

8 09, 2012

Rhetoric and Results

By | 2014-10-19T22:13:24+00:00 September 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Amazing rhetoric makes for interesting water cooler and Facebook conversation. Amazing results makes for legendary leadership. For which would you rather be known?

31 08, 2012

The Presidential Election & Defining Integrity

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 August 31st, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

There are several guarantees in the campaign for President of the United States: • The other side – regardless of the side you are on – will be portrayed by their opponents as completely out of touch with the “average” American • Every candidate will make promises that can only be kept with the cooperation of Congress, and every candidate will pledge to work with their opponents across the isle • Personal attacks will be plentiful and usually cloaked in an argument about policy implications • The choice between candidates will always be framed as two distinct visions that will determine the destiny and fate of the country • Integrity – or specifically the lack of it – will be called into question by the candidates, their surrogates, and the media pundits There is little any of us can do to change the first four items on this list. They are going to happen regardless of any efforts to restore civility and common sense to the campaign.

1 08, 2012

Is Temporary the New Permanent?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:49+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

A friend emailed me late last week with a question: Are temporary jobs replacing permanent jobs as the standard in the workplace? The answer is it depends on how you define a temporary job. The use of temporary jobs is definitely increasing as companies work to keep their flexibility. Employers learned a lesson during the past recession: You don’t want to be caught with a huge overhead when the economy starts faltering.

12 02, 2012

Right Number – Wrong Measure

By | 2014-10-19T22:25:01+00:00 February 12th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

What if the unemployment rate is the wrong measure? The U.S. economy added 243,000 jobs in January 2012, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent. That’s huge, and everyone should be excited regardless of their political affiliation. This is the type of employment gain that solidifies the economic recovery. But, what if the right number turns out to be the wrong measure?

30 01, 2012

Mitt, Newt, and Leadership Lessons from the Campaign

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:51+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So what have we learned after nine months of almost continuous campaigning; over twenty debates; and three different contests (with a fourth coming soon)? If you are a leader, the on-going battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich offers two important lessons about selling yourself and your ideas.

9 01, 2012

Pennington Performance Group 2012 Economic & Workplace Predictions

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:51+00:00 January 9th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’ve been doing annual business and workplace predictions for our clients since 2005. This is the second year we have posted them here for wider distribution. We are different from others who publicize their predictions in one very important way – we let you know how accurate we were the previous year.

22 11, 2011

Leadership and the Occupation

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:52+00:00 November 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Two months and counting. Truthfully, did you believe that the Occupy movement would have lasted this long? Protests happen all the time in this country. Travel to Washington, DC on virtually any day and you will see some group making their presence felt and beliefs known. The freedom to assemble and communicate your opinion is a sacred right in our country that was founded on a protest movement. And yet, we haven’t seen a movement like since … last year if you understand that the Occupy movement – while different in its goals – was born out of a frustration that shares striking similarities to the Tea Party. So what can leaders learn from a movement that has captured the news and proven to be more than just a group of people gathering to share their dissatisfaction? Here are four lessons:

30 09, 2011

Want Growth? Part IV: Try Some Confidence

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:53+00:00 September 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The numbers are in, and people lack confidence. Not all people, but enough of them to slow consumer spending and business investment. Lack of confidence changes behavior. Confident consumers spend more money because they believe the future will be positive. Confident sales people make more sales because they trust their ability and the value of their product. Confident companies invest in innovation, talent development, and new equipment because they believe that they will be rewarded for their investment.