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Why Management Wants the Turnaround Person Gone as Quickly as Possible

In the course of my career I have done more turnarounds than I want to remember.  Over the years, I have learned that most turnarounds follow a similar pattern. First – Business management or owner(s) are questioning why the turnaround person is even needed to begin with.  It appears that no one thinks there is…
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Everyone Hates Annual Performance Reviews – Stop Doing Them

Manager’s hate writing and delivering annual performance reviews.  Employees hate doing self-appraisals and the dreaded annual review meeting.  Why?  For one, this might be the only formal feedback an employee receives all year.  There’s a lot riding on it.  Raises are often tied to the overall rating which adds to the pressure.  Even for employees…
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Chart of Industrial Production Index from January 1, 1919 to November 1, 2019

The Industrial Production Index is an economic indicator that measures real output for all facilities located in the United States manufacturing, mining, and electric, and gas utilities, excluding U.S. territories. The index is compiled on a monthly basis to bring attention to short- term changes in industrial production. The index also measures movements in production…
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Turning Two Negative Job Functions into One Positive Job Function

When I talk with business executives and managers two of the most negative job functions they are responsible for are: Annual employee performance reviews How to engage employees in the business’s goals and objectives. The key to solving these two negative job functions is to combine the two activities into a positive job function that…
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Chart of Total Assets Held by Classes of Households for July 1989 to April 2019

Total assets held include real estate, financial assets, such as stocks and bonds and consumer durable goods, which are goods that wear out over a long period such as, cars and home appliances. In July 1989 the top 1% held 21.3%, the 90th to 99th wealthiest percentile was 34.2%, the 50th to 90th wealthiest percentile…
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Think About How You Are Thinking

Often executives, managers and owners never stop to question how they are thinking about a business issue. Management at all levels have to think about how they are thinking about an issue and stop themselves from having a predetermined result for a project, as management often will miss warning signs related to how a project…
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Chart of Moonlighting – Multiple Jobholders by Type from January 1994 to Present

Moonlighting is to hold a second job in addition to a regular one or holding multiple jobs. Generally multiple jobholders hold a full-time plus a part-time job (the blue line in the graph), and this group now makes up about 3% of the working population in the U.S.  The percentage of workers within this group…
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Get Out of the Eddy and Start Moving Down River

An eddy can be defined as water moving in a circular pattern, counter to the main current of water, sometime causing a whirlpool.  River rafters try to avoid eddies as opposed to getting stuck in an unstable place in a river in order to keep moving down the river. A business eddy is where the…
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Chart of Global Price of Soybeans per Metric Ton from 1990 to Present

The International Monetary Fund Primary Commodity Prices states: Value represents the benchmark prices, which are representative of the global market. They are determined by the largest exporter of a given commodity. Prices are period averages in nominal U.S. dollars. A metric ton is equal to 1,000 kilograms or approximately 2,204 pounds, while a U.S ton…
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Elephant in the Room or Mice Under the Door

As a leader of a business you must determine what are the hard issues that need to be dealt with and what issues are the most pressing to resolve. Once an “Elephant in the Room” issue is verbalized, it’s easy to identify and discuss with staff about possible resolutions.  Examples of these types of issues…
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