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  • You don’t want to turn into a weather forecaster
    Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:35 AM
    Not too long ago, it was a Thursday I think, TV weather people started sounding the alarm . . . snow, freezing rain, wind, ice. You know the drill.
    Schedules started going in the toilet. Schools, businesses, churches, everyone started canceling. Milk and bread disappeared from the grocery store shelves faster than a brownie on my kitchen counter . . . you know the drill.
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  • Take lesson from Nancy Pelosi
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:46 AM
    I am hesitant to bring up politics when it comes to a management column. It’s not that I mind having a political discussion – I actually enjoy those. But the issue is that some people are so narrow-minded that they can’t get past the point of view expressed, so they never get to the lesson.
    I know you are all better than that.
    Did you watch the State of the Union speech earlier this week? Whether you like the president or not, you probably noticed the actions coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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  • Fighting way past negativity
    Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:54 AM
    As I may have mentioned once or 12 times, I’m a nerd. Ask my wife or daughters, and they’ll back that up. Quickly.
    I tend to read lots of management books and articles. When I do sit down to watch TV, I usually end up on The Learning Channel, Discovery or one of those channels. To be totally honest, I’m very sure that five decades ago my parents would’ve been absolutely delighted if I had enjoyed learning this much, but unfortunately for them, that particular passion didn’t strike until way past the end of school.
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  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:32 PM
    Smithsonian Magazine, which by the way, is one of my favorite reads, had an article a few years back that looked at the year 1908.
    It was an exciting time. America was the land of infinite possibilities. It would seem the only thing that held anyone back was the reach of their imagination.
    Consider:
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  • How much time are you spending on e-mail?
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:33 AM
    Someone sent me an e-mail (which, as you read this story, is amazingly ironic) that I thought worth passing along as we roll into the New Year. So much of our time at work ends up being wasted, and it’s hard to think of too many things that waste more of our time right now than frivolous use of e-mails and the Internet. So without further ado . . .
    An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.
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  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:51 PM
    In about a week our nation will celebrate Memorial Day. Here in Indiana we’ll get fired up for the Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing. Some families will go to the cemetery and honor loved ones.
    It’s a wonderful holiday and I hope you get to enjoy it.
    So let’s use the “memorial” portion of the holiday to talk a little bit about a common mistake managers, especially new ones, make.
    They don’t remember those who came before.
    I’m reminded of the old – and less than positive saying that someone wakes up on third base and thinks they hit a triple.
    Chances are new managers are not the second coming. They may be good. Heck, they may be great. But chances are that there were good – and great – managers before.
    We’ve all seen it, right? The new manager points out all the improvements and fixes they’ve made. This can be dangerous. Many a youngster has thrown their arms out of socket patting themselves on the back to a degree that they missed work (HIPPA regulations prevent me from sharing names).
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