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Decision Making

During the course of recent reading, I came across several discussions about the concept of making decisions. One of the more interesting facts I came across is that there are two types of decision makers – those who take the safe routes, and those who dare. Reflecting over various events, along with supporting evidence provided […]

Out-sourcing and Risk Management

A recent project was a real learning experience about the risks associated with out-sourcing. Not that it would stop me from out sourcing any other work, but rather it taught me how to manage the risks of using someone outside your company. The project began with everyone positive and upbeat, but then things began ton […]

Diversity and Focus

In last week’s episode of Dragons’ Den, there were two pitches that were of particular interest, since both had the same issue, but from the exact opposite perspective. In one case, the issue was in regard to too much diversity and not enough focus, in the other, it was the lack of diversity which drove […]

Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts

I was reading the book All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin, in which he discusses the approach to marketing that has been rapidly made into the norm for successful businesses – learning to tell a story. That is, a successful marketer will connect with their audience by telling them a story, which, as a […]

Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

I spent a few hours this week at a conference on family law, hosted by a law firm, and catering to accountants and financial advisors. The subject of the conference, which takes place annually, was succession planning, something that people don’t really want to talk about until it’s too late (and sometimes not even then). […]

Mixing Work and Home

By nature, I like to be around people, but I’m significantly more productive when I’m alone, or close to it. In a room filled with people I can relate to, I like to have conversations, and find myself easily distracted by what the people around me are doing. For a variety of reasons, I don’t […]

The Entrepreneur’s Prayer

A well known prayer, originally authored by Reinhold Niebuhr, reads as follows: God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. This prayer, with it’s insight to perspective on life’s challenges, has been used by various organizations looking to […]

It’s Not Nepotism, He’s My Brother

Okay, the joke is, perhaps, a poor one, though you likely laughed because you can think of people who would say exactly such a statement. I was asked recently regarding an inherent bias toward hiring people from my community. While many of the people in my office are from my community, there was actually another […]