What does your MBA tuition actually buy you?

The former chairman of asset management firm Neuberger Berman, questions the value of all that MBA academic research.  And did you realize the impact the cost of that research has on tuition???  Read more here.

Why a Leader’s First Decision is Often Wrong

I’ve chosen a word at random. Is it more likely that the word starts with a K, or that K is the third letter in the word? If you’re like most people, you’ll say it’s more likely the word starts with a K. However, there are more than twice as many words that have K in the third position than those that start with it. (more…)

In ’08 & ’09, You Were Downsized. Now, You’re Being Inflated. What Should You Do?

Since 2008 and the start of the Great Recession, there have been 3 distinct phases in leadership and management: Phase 1, Downsizing: Positions were drastically eliminated, and people were let go, quickly and in great numbers. Phase 1 Leadership Implications: Contain the losses.  Stem the bleeding.  Keep the faith that all will not implode. Phase 1 Reality for Leaders: Do the same work with much, much fewer resources. Work long.…

Are You Focused on Being Busy, Instead of Being Accomplished?

To say we live in the information age is an understatement. Four years ago, I would have followed the Olympics primarily via one method, the television. During the two weeks of coverage earlier this year, that was no longer sufficient. Enter my laptop, which I used while I was watching the television (why settle for 5 channels, when you can have 12 more sport-specific ones streaming live?) And then there…

This Beveridge Has a Sickening Aftertaste for Millions of Americans

You don’t need to be an economist to know that sobering things are occurring in the US economy. For example, there are fewer jobs for more unemployed workers. Following the 2000 recession, there were 14 people unemployed for every 10 hires. Now, it’s 35 unemployed for every 10 hires: Source: Workforce Management In 2000, only 7% of the unemployed spent more than 6 months finding a job; now, it’s almost…

Do You Still Say, “Span of Control”?

It occurred about a week ago. I was talking with a person in her 20’s, discussing management and leadership issues, when I referred to “span of control”. And then it hit me. Does that term really mean anything anymore? If you’re old enough, “span of control” used to mean something. Management and leadership positions were often measured by their spans of control, the number of subordinates they had. But I…

Why Your Job Description Is Irrelevant

If you’re unemployed, you don’t have a job. And even if you’re employed, you still don’t have a job. In fact, if you’re smart about it, you don’t even want to have a job. In a very timely article, Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, discusses the end of a job as we know it.  And from what we’re seeing with clients, we couldn’t agree more. People…

5 Ways to Know Your Consultant Is an Empty Suit or Pantsuit

Like some ignoble professions, consulting suffers from low barriers to entry. At least my children need to take a test to get a driver’s license. But any adult can hang out a shingle and become a “consultant”. Here are 5 ways to know that yours may be in over his/her head. If you ever hear your consultant say one of these, run away….very, very far away. #1: “Does that make…

Instead of “Paper or Plastic?”, It’s Now “Print or Digital?”

In this post, we speak with Michael Romaner, Executive Vice President for Digital at Morris Communications. Morris Communications is a privately held media company headquartered in Augusta, Georgia with diversified holdings including newspaper and magazine publishing, outdoor advertising, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution, visitor publications and online services. Morris Publishing Group (the newspaper publishing arm of the company and one of the oldest newspaper companies in the United States)…

Did Steve Jobs Leave You Frustrated?

In my previous post Why Are You Still Running On Your Hamster Wheel?, I referred to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address (here’s the text version as well). As I write, this specific posting has been viewed over 12 million times, with millions more having viewed other postings of the same video. No doubt, many of you saw clips from it on the nightly news, in stories relating to Jobs’…
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