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When Did We Abandon Learning?

Sep 4, 2013

Dependent on where you live, your drive into work yesterday may have been a bit longer than usual. The vast majority of schools in our area welcomed students back yesterday, heralding the return of buses to our roads.

For me, the slower commute was the least of my worries as my oldest daughter was going to school for the first time. Rather than cursing the buses, my husband and I were those crazy parents following behind it.

It was a rocky start (including one of those peel-the-crying-child-off-you moments), but she had a great day overall and was excited to return today.

Do You Work with Chimpanzees?

Aug 13, 2013

At times when at work, do you find yourself thinking you’re in the middle of a zoo? Perhaps your fellow employees are taking on traits more associated with their distant primate relatives? It might be because you are experiencing a particularly busy time in your industry. Or you are experiencing and trying to support growth in your organization. How you and others handle and react to situations may seem chaotic at first, but you and your organization can learn to adapt. 

Are Your Managers Telling the Right Story?

Aug 13, 2013

Evidence-based decision making is the future of growing organizations. The ability to confidently guide the direction of your organization by being able to measure and know fundamentally more about it will be the trademark of future success stories. And all because of data.

Big data can improve predictions, drive sales, cut costs, streamline processes, uncover new markets, increase performance and lead to better customer service.

Organizations with managers who act on better logic and evidence will supersede the competition.

How to Play Ball with a Broken Thumb: Business Lessons from a Nine Year Old

May 27, 2013

I am the father of one particularly active 9 year old son.   His activities include hockey, baseball, soccer and on occasion football.   This keeps me quite busy at times and struggling to meet his hectic schedule. 

This spring, Fletcher decided to venture out and try his hand at hardball.  He seems to be a natural at it and enjoys practicing for hours on end.   Had he not recently broken his thumb during a rousing game of football at school, I’m sure his season would have gone quite well. 

Your Self Portrait

Apr 1, 2013

Recently, our company decided it was time to refresh our professional headshots for our new website (Stay tuned! Launching soon!).

We all, one by one, trudged to our audio/video room and sat, stood, posed, and tried to look animated before the camera in pursuit of the "perfect shot".  

One of my co-workers, our Consulting Associate, posted her new pic to Facebook - and the comments began. Comments such as "Mischievious!  I see through your smooth exterior..." and "Can anyone who knows Elizabeth take this photo seriously?"  

The Insurance You May Not Have, But Really Need

Feb 12, 2013

I’ve been renegotiating my car insurance.

Maybe renegotiating is not the right term. I wish there were negotiations involved, but so far it’s just me calling around looking for a better price. Like most of you, I buy insurance for my car, my home, my life and my business. I insure the things that if I were to lose them, I – or someone I love – would be in big trouble. 

Mitigating Risk in Business

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