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Why Our ERP Implementation Went Well

August 7, 2018

We recently implemented a new ERP (enterprise resource planning) system. While the team continues to work on minor glitches, here are the reasons the implementation went well (and I had NOTHING to do with it!). 1. We hired an expert.  Our strategic planning team decided the time had come to implement a new ERP system …

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Everyone Needs Friends (Including Leaders!)

August 3, 2018

One of the things that bugs me is how isolated we are becoming as a society. Don’t get me wrong—we assume that we are more connected than ever in the age of Facebooking, Fortnight gaming, and hosts of other ways to be “connected.” As adult business leaders, we all agree: kids relying on these forms …

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Stop Giving Others the Power

July 31, 2018

Last Thursday I wrote about forgiveness and how it sets you free. Today, I want to write about one of the biggest issues I continue to observe in our modern-day culture: Our willingness to give others power over us. Do any of these get your blood pumping: Your “friend” from high school —that you have …

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Who Do You Need to Forgive

July 27, 2018

“Forgiving is letting the captive free only to realize that the captive was you.” The quote above has been attributed to several people (Smedes, Eldridge, assuredly others) and leads to the question I want to pose today: Who do you need to forgive? I was recently listening to a favorite parenting podcast about teaching your kids …

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Becoming a Better Follower

July 24, 2018
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The Necessity of a Disastrous Prototype

July 20, 2018

I’ll never forget my first sales experience in product development. Our product design engineer had created an incredible concept for a new product we hoped to introduce to the market. It was savvy, sharp, and initial feedback was incredibly positive. Before long a big brand had signed on and we were off to the races! …

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What to Do When Your Boss is Wrong?

July 18, 2018

I recently was reading a Harvard Business Review article about “supporting a decision you don’t agree with.” The article was helpful, and offered the reader wise counsel in advocating that workers should not undermine their boss’ decision. They’re both on the same team after all! But, this got me wondering: What about when the boss …

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Everyone Has a Struggle

July 13, 2018
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The Simplicity of Connecting

July 10, 2018

I have been devouring Daniel Coyle’s The Culture Code lately.  Providing simple actionable advice on creating a positive and effective culture, it is quickly becoming one of the best books I have read so far this year. A chapter that grabbed my attention early in the book is entitled “How to Build Belonging.” In it, Coyle examines …

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Some Thoughts on Traditional Job Roles & Expectations

July 6, 2018

I was recently reminded reading the Harvard Business Review that most organizations rely on workers to fulfill the specific job description associated with the title of the position they are being hired for, rather than allowing them, the worker, to create a role more suited to their skills set. Given the challenges all manufactures —us …

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