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It seems like there’s always a better time to do something, and that time is “later.” Many companies believe that improvement initiatives – like Lean, … Continue reading

As the days grow shorter and cooler, I find myself reflecting on a week I spent in sunny  Florida at an Alan Weiss thought leadership … Continue reading

At this time of year, many companies conduct their annual off-site planning retreat to develop strategic plans for the next year. Then it’s back to … Continue reading

I subscribe to the theory of, “Only the paranoid survive.” Put forth by former Intel CEO Andrew Grove in his 1996 book, Only the Paranoid … Continue reading

Recently I had the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout for three days on the Grande Ronde River in northeastern Oregon. The Grande Ronde, a … Continue reading

Recently on a morning show on TV the commentator brought up the dangers of texting and driving and mentioned that he often tells his children … Continue reading

I was talking to a friend who is a retired senior partner in a very successful advertising agency. We were discussing what drives profit and … Continue reading

Communication with suppliers is a vital element of forming a supplier partnership program, yet many (I would say most), companies don’t establish a solid foundation … Continue reading

A stock analyst recently declared Amazon a “buy,” because Jeff Bezos has “a very solid vision of where he wants to take the company.” Vision … Continue reading

I’m pleased to announced that my new book is available on Amazon. Moving into the Express Lane: How to Rapidly Increase the Value of Your … Continue reading