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Smaller houses and bigger lives, the time of quality essentials.

by Abe WalkingBear Sanchez

Some younger people fear that in their future they will not do as well materially  as their parents’ generation and because of that they face a bleak future. Well I have good news and better news, so fear not.

GM (General Motors), the old GM that once roamed the world stage like a 900 pound gorilla not the “new” smaller and more humble GM that filed for bankruptcy, came up with the idea that the car you drove defined who you were and created different brands for different classes of consumers. If you were a doctor or lawyer you drove a Caddy, successful business types drove Buicks and Oldsmobiles, up and comers drove Pontiacs and for the common man there was the Chevy. (more…)

July 7, 2010 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

Two minute attitude check.

from George M. Adams

He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day… needs to reorganize his life.

(1878-1962, American author)

June 30, 2010 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

What motivates employees to work hard?

The easy answer used to be “money”. Is it still? I invite you to take a look at an April 15th report by Paul Solman on PBS Newshour. If it’s true that today’s employees are looking for something different, how can you incorporate their wants and needs into your strategic plan?

What Drives Motivation in the Modern Workplace? | PBS Newshour

June 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Thoughts on leadership.

from Abe WalkingBear Sanchez

In business, those leaders who set the example by living the example become the example.

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May 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Does teamwork stifle innovation?

from “How Group Dynamics May Be Killing Innovation” Knowledge@Wharton

To come up with the next iPad, Amazon or Facebook, the last thing potential innovators need is a group brainstorm session. What the pacesetters of the future really require, according to new Wharton research, is some time alone.

In a paper titled, “Idea Generation and the Quality of the Best Idea (PDF),” Wharton operations and information management professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich argue that group dynamics are the enemy of businesses trying to develop one-of-a-kind new products, unique ways to save money or distinctive marketing strategies.

Terwiesch, Ulrich and co-author Karan Girotra, a professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, found that a hybrid process — in which people are given time to brainstorm on their own before discussing ideas with their peers — resulted in more and better quality ideas than a purely team-oriented process. More importantly for companies striving for innovation, however, the trio says the absolute best idea in a hybrid process topped the Number One suggestion in a traditional model.

Continue reading on Knowledge@Wharton.

May 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Why is change so difficult?

Last week, I facilitated a discussion with a group of CEOs. The topic was technology and how it affects their businesses. They came from a wide range of industries and, as often happens, they identified several areas of shared concern.

One common thread was the need to overcome employee resistance to change when new technologies are introduced to improve productivity or enhance competitive advantage. This morning, I came across the following summary of an article by by Jeffrey D. Ford & Laurie W. Ford in the Harvard Business Review.

When a change initiative falters, the knee-jerk response can be to blame those who won’t get on board. Jeffrey Ford, of the Ohio State University, and Laurie Ford, of Critical Path Consultants, examine why that type of reaction is not only pointless but potentially destructive.

Drawing on their years of research and consulting work, the authors recommend seeing resistance for what it really is — feedback — and propose five ways for leaders to use that feedback to effect change more productively. (more…)

April 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

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