Category: Management

Learning from Bad Bosses

Have you ever learned something significant from a bad boss? Research has uncovered the twelve top characteristics of bad managers, which include features like arrogance, poor directions, and lack of effective feedback.[i]…

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A Case for Using Unused Vacation Time

“According to the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. companies are carrying more than $200 Billion worth of unused vacation time on their books” (Bank of America, n.d., para. 1).[i] When was the last…

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Process Improvement: The Pareto Analysis

It is likely that everyone reading this post has heard of the 80/20 rule. To review, Pareto’s rule states that a small number of causes is responsible for a large percentage of…

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Be There for the People

13-14 The next day Moses took his place to judge the people.  People were standing before him all day long, from morning to night.  When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was…

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Performance Planning Meetings

“Plans fail when there is no counsel” ~ Proverbs 15:22a Holman Christian Standard Bible Great managers apply four elements in helping their employees improve their performance: Simplicity Frequent interaction Focus on the…

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Process Improvement: The Swim Lane Diagram

Every business has some process improvement opportunities.  The key is to know how to gain improvement in quality, cost, or time with a process in need of help.  What follows is an…

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The Value of Encouragement

 “Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity”                                            …

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One-on-One Meetings

In 400 B.C., Aristotle argued that a leader’s task is to create conditions under which all followers can realize their full human potential.  Thus, leadership is not about the leader’s needs for…

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What is Truth?

Last month, I attended a human resource management (HRM) conference held at a beautiful resort facility overlooking the northern Atlantic Ocean.  The weather was clear and sunny on most days, but a…

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Corporate Social Responsibility Comes Home

“Do not hold back in what you do. Let the Spirit burn in you. Work hard for the Lord.”   –Romans 12:11 The Message Years ago, while working on my Ph.D., I wrote…

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