Feedback and Humility

The manila envelope is staring me in the face, almost daring me to open it.  Final exams are over.  I’ve completed my grading and submitted the students’ final grades to the Registrar’s…

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Company Budgets and Strategic Plans: Guidelines or a Straitjacket?

“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” ~ Ecclesiastes 10:10 (New King James Version) The DeVoe School of Business has undertaken…

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Toxic Bosses

Examples of poor leadership abound in every industry, government, and community. Unfortunately, toxic leaders have devastating effects on an organization and with every individual they interact. [i]  Often, people become enchanted with…

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The Unintended Consequences of Regulatory Change

“For lack of guidance, a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers” (Proverbs 11:14, New International Version) In response to the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 and the onset…

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Leading Up

Many of us “lead up” in our companies without even knowing it.  Leading up is known as “the act of working with people above you…to help them and you get a better…

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Look Outside

In 2013, a new law school opened in Indiana.  In 2010, according to Nissen (2015),[i] law school enrollment peaked and has been steadily dropping since.  The new law school closed its doors…

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Speaking of Value

Many years ago, when I was a young manager at GE, the company dispatched me to India to deal with a critical supply issue.  On my first day in India, the president…

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Communication—Or, “Did I really say that?”

It is somewhat ironic that leaders, who usually consider themselves outstanding communicators, are many times at the core of “communication problems” within an organization.[i]   This message is for leaders. I’ve been taught…

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Target Market

“Whether B2B or B2C, I believe passionately that good marketing essentials are the same. We all are emotional beings looking for relevance, context and connection.”[i]              …

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Toward a Culture of Change

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement.  Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”          …

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