Category: Insight to Business

Is It A Problem Or Merely An Expense?


Harvey Mackay is a prolific writer of self-help books for people in business.  The ideas work well in other facets of life, too. I first read “Swim With Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive” in 1989.  It is very useful.  It reappeared in 2005 and… Continue Reading “Is It A Problem Or Merely An Expense?”

The Despair Curve


All change is negative in the short run.  Some change is necessary to get a business to a higher level.  A problem. If a business changes something, they expect to be better for the change.  If it is a good change, they will be,… Continue Reading “The Despair Curve”

Cheap Is Too Expensive


People believe that cost and price mean the same thing.  Very wrong.  An error that can easily lead to catastrophic mistakes. When you acquire a product or service, you are trying to get value equal to or more than what you must give up… Continue Reading “Cheap Is Too Expensive”

Employee Review


Not many people like employee evaluation/performance review.  If you know what the person is supposed to be doing, then you can evaluate against the task requirements. Objectivity is always a plus. You might find the following helpful for the review of each element in… Continue Reading “Employee Review”

The Law of Non-Reciprocal Meaning


When people do a deal, each expects to get what they want from the arrangement.  Sometimes that leads to unnecessary and fruitless conflict.  In the end, neither may get what they want.  In lawyer talk, it is a good deal because they are equally… Continue Reading “The Law of Non-Reciprocal Meaning”

Why We Need Lawyers


My friend, John Carroll, died earlier this year.  I miss him.  He was smart and insightful. He was also a lawyer and he is the only one who has ever given me a simple answer to the question, “Why do we need lawyers?” Try… Continue Reading “Why We Need Lawyers”

Memory Can Be A Problem


Life is a process. NOW is all in.  NOW represents your history and your hopes, fears, and expectations for the future.  Ideally, we use the past constructively to influence future outcomes.  Moving on up. Here in the real world, it does not happen so… Continue Reading “Memory Can Be A Problem”

Interesting Times


There is a Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” A sister-in-law has told me that there is a worse one, “May you have interesting children.” I think the first will suffice for today. You should read “The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding… Continue Reading “Interesting Times”

What Matters More – Strategy or Tactics?


David Chang is a noted Korean-American chef.  He has said, “We’re hoping to succeed; we’re okay with failure. We just don’t want to land in between.” That is very insightful. Only a seasoned business risk taker would observe that set of outcomes. Intuitively at… Continue Reading “What Matters More – Strategy or Tactics?”

What Shape Is Your ORG Chart


If you expect to sell your business one day, the shape of your ORG chart will matter.  The wrong shape is not salable at all. In classic organizational theory an organization chart shows how different functional positions relate to one another and how they… Continue Reading “What Shape Is Your ORG Chart”

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