Monthly Archives: March 2015

Business Lessons From the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

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I coached my younger son and his basketball teams from third to ninth grade at the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.  Along with teaching individual skills and team plays, the most important lesson I tried to teach was…

Finish.

I even preached this during warm-up/layup drills. …

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Leading Change in Your Emerging Business

Change Is The Only Constant

In his landmark Harvard Business School Press book, Leading Change – An Action Plan from the World’s Foremost Expert on Business Leadership, Harvard professor John P. Kotter offers down-to-Earth advice on how to lead your organization into the future.

Every organization, whatever the size, deals with change as a constant.…

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The Three P’s of Planning

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People. Product. Profit.

Those were the elements we used for the annual business planning process in the advertising agency where I spent a good many years of my career.

Whether it was because I was part of the finance organization or just the reality of being part of a large, publicly traded entity with quarterly SEC reporting, our planning meeting always ended up being more about profit than anything else. …

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Isn’t it Time to Move Beyond Spreadsheets?

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In a recent study of job postings Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analysis firm, 78% of middle-skill jobs require spreadsheet skills. While they view that as growth in jobs requiring digital skills, I question the reason for such growth in relatively old technology. Many accounting software systems tout the ability to download data and reports to Excel.…

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