Hiring for the Short Term

Hiring for the short term is a trap into which business leaders can easily fall. Faced with an emergency shortage of people, the task of hiring can become a fire drill. Hiring for the short term is ineffective for long term company growth. Making hasty hiring decisions is reactive and causes many possible consequences. Hiring slowly in times of emergency [...]

2019-09-16T16:49:14-05:00 September 18th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Hiring for the Short Term

Worldview Matters

In 1892, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick defeated their Iron and Steel Workers union. In a violent management vs. union struggle, it can be argued that Carnegie’s worldview resulted in ten people’s death. Andrew Carnegie was a devotee to “the survival of the fittest” philosophy. Social Darwinism gave Carnegie justification for ruthless business practices. Even though Carnegie’s workers were working [...]

2019-09-16T16:26:09-05:00 September 17th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Worldview Matters

Making Wise Decisions, Part VI

In a Harvard Business Review article, Mike Erwin identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. Our final reason is analysis paralysis. In today’s Information Age, we don’t lack for information. More information typically leads to many taking longer to make decisions, especially if you want to have all the facts before making decisions. Since one Google search can [...]

2019-09-15T22:36:32-05:00 September 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part VI

Making Wise Decisions, Part V

In a Harvard Business Review article, Mike Erwin identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The fifth reason is emotions. As a young trainee in banking, I was presenting loan requests to the bank’s CEO. When I realized that he was in a foul mood, I moved my toughest loan request from the top of my stack to [...]

2019-09-12T15:53:45-05:00 September 13th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part V

Making Wise Decisions, Part IV

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. We’ve been discussing his six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The fourth is multi-tasking. Due to the rapid pace of business these days, most jobs require some level of multi-tasking. However, research reveals that performance suffers by up to 40% when we [...]

2019-09-09T20:08:27-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part IV

Making Wise Decisions, Part III

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. He identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. Mr. Erwin’s third reason is lack of input. The Kellogg School found that, in a typical meeting, an average of three people do 70% of the talking. Unfortunately, the ones you probably need to [...]

2019-09-09T19:30:05-05:00 September 11th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part III

Making Wise Decisions, Part II

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. He identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The second reason for our discussion is a steady state of distraction. Our information load has become quite heavy. Researchers estimate that our brains process five times as much information today as in 1986!  [...]

2019-09-09T19:17:17-05:00 September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part II

Making Wise Decisions, Part I

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled the issue of decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. Although most decisions are routine, it’s critical that we choose which decisions come with serious risks or consequences. Those decisions need to be given clear thought. Mr. Erwin emphasizes six reasons why we sometimes make bad decisions. The first is decision [...]

2019-09-08T23:18:45-05:00 September 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part I

If It Ain’t Broke

Customer expectations are ever changing in today’s culture. Constant access to instant and new information, ideas and methods creates a challenge for businesses who gallantly strive to meet customer needs. The adage, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” does not apply to business. Business leaders must understand what “broken” means to the customer. Broken goes beyond mechanics and extends [...]

2019-09-08T23:46:23-05:00 September 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on If It Ain’t Broke

Caleb the Courageous, Part III

As I’ve aged over the years, sometimes I lean towards being more cautious than courageous. In those moments, it’s encouraging to examine the story of Caleb. At 40 years old, Caleb displayed great courage and desired to overtake the Promised Land—but he didn’t get that opportunity, due to the Israelite’s disobedience and fear. Yet, at 85 years old, Caleb had [...]

2019-09-04T15:21:07-05:00 September 5th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caleb the Courageous, Part III