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25 05, 2011

How Important Are Your Values? What Is Your Number 2?

By | 2011-05-25T18:31:34+00:00 May 25th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Values – every company hangs them on the wall and distributes them on wallet cards. It is the same for individuals. Ask ten of your friends to list their values, and at least eighty percent will use words like respect, integrity, and honesty. So how important are your values? Will you sacrifice them for the results and outcomes you desire? Are they so important that you would lay down your life – figuratively or literally – to protect them?

13 05, 2011

Donald Trump, Racism, and Your Organization’s Culture

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Donald Trump commented that President Obama needs to spend less time on the basketball court and more time fixing the economy. All the protests you would expect followed along with calls from all sides that we need to change the culture of racism perpetuated through the use of stereotypes and assumptions. It turns out that there are a multitude of culture problems.

20 04, 2011

Lead the Experience

By | 2014-11-02T18:50:23+00:00 April 20th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why do certain companies, brands, and even people stand out in a world where everyone is basically saying and doing the same things? For the most part, we all get it wrong. We focus on the tools – like marketing campaigns, social media, and advertising – and ignore the goal – to make customers want to do business with us. Here are three things you can do to define and deliver an experience that sets you apart:

15 04, 2011

The Rewards of Staying Stupid

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 April 15th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I published a piece titled “Stupid Has Its Own Momentum” in November 2010. Since then, examples of stupid having its own momentum. have continued ... and continued ... and continued. Stupid maintains its own momentum because there are incentives to do so. Here are three powerful rewards to stay stupid:

6 04, 2011

What It Takes to Live and Lead with Integrity

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 April 6th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Integrity appears at or near the top of every list of desirable leadership traits. We claim it as the mantle of the leaders with whom we agree and decry its absence in those with whom we disagree. You would think a behavior and characteristic so widely accepted as important could be universally defined. So go ahead—take a stab at it. Integrity is . . . It is not as easy as you thought, is it? And that is the challenge: You can’t live or lead with integrity – or expect others to do so – if you can’t clearly define it?

29 03, 2011

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Rant

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 March 29th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The debate of divergent ideas consumes the airwaves. It streams across the Internet in a multitude of bits and bytes; and it populates the pages of the print media. Most important, it occupies the time, energy, and resources of our leaders. So how is the debate working so far? Are you seeing results? The absence of respect – for the process, the opposition, and the people being governed – is a prime culprit in our failure to act and deliver results.

22 03, 2011

Ask a Better Question

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 March 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Southwest Airlines faced a dilemma early in its operation—a cash shortage was forcing it to sell one of its four airplanes. The implications are obvious—selling the airplane generates cash for operations and cuts capacity to generate future revenue. Government leaders are facing their version of this challenge in budget meetings across the country. Should we raise taxes and fees in a difficult economy, or do we cut services at a time when they may be needed most?

15 03, 2011

How Public Sector Unions Could Work & Why They Won’t

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:00+00:00 March 15th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Public employee unions could significantly increase their chances for voter support by taking the lead – or at least working together with their opponents – on the following actions: 1. Take strikes, work stoppages, and slowdowns off the table. The public has a right to expect that its public agencies continue to function even if there is a disagreement over terms of the contract. In return for this, public employee unions should receive the right for expedited arbitration over violations of the contract.

8 03, 2011

Why Public Sector Unions Could Become Extinct

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:00+00:00 March 8th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The standoff between Republican elected officials and their Democratic colleagues over the roll and scope of collective bargaining with public sector unions has escalated to the point where rhetoric has overtaken reason. So let’s look at what this means and why public sector unions could become extinct.

1 03, 2011

Getting Past Perception

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:00+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Fourteen senators leave the state. 60,000 plus show up to demonstrate. And, the next thing you know there’s a national debate on the role of public employee unions in the state budget crisis occurring throughout the country. Those who support the unions see this as a not-so-veiled attempt to alter the essence of collective bargaining and limit the people’s right to protest. Union members see it as a fundamental challenge to their right to organize, and in some cases, a violation of their contract. The union leadership no doubt sees it as payback for supporting Democratic and pro-labor candidates. Those who support the various initiatives view this as a much needed step to reign in spending that is out of control. They view unions as – at worst - the enemy that have secured salary and benefits that are unavailable to them as private sector employees. “Why should government employees experience no pain when they are out of work,” they ask. There are probably even Republicans who view this as the perfect opportunity to weaken a political opponent. The problem with perceptions is that it only takes one act to prove you are right. As the saying goes, “All Indians walk in single file. I know that to be true because the one I saw was doing it that way.”