Investing: Is it News OR Noise?

Many stock market participants are becoming frustrated by the power of “news” sound bites and media releases to move today and tomorrow’s stock prices. How does one improve their odds of making correct stock...

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EXCELLENCE: Executive Summary.

Employees are often so fed up with changes within a corporation that they seldom react to new directives, strategies and innovations until forced to do so. This 11-part series is intended for leaders who want to make major...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 1-ACHIEVERS.

Changing of the guards. If your change is a major one for your corporation there is much to be said for the New-Year’s adage of “out with the old and in with the new”.  No. I certainly do not mean to fire...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 2-STORIES.

When making changes a powerful reinforcer comes in the form of stories. I’ve written Nuggets about the importance of story telling during your job interviews, but this same sense of importance and symbolism applies when...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 3-ALIGNED.

Small steps can create big changes. Similarly, small actions create big impressions. When making change, check your alignment, and, of course, the alignment of others. Are you sending an email to someone internally? If so, do...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 4-SYMBOLS.

Your employees are watching you. Are you behaving in ways that are consistent with the changes you are pushing throughout the corporation? Do your memos reinforce those changes? Do you host meetings to reinforce those changes?...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 5-CHECKUPS.

Accountability accounts for success. Though checklists can be overdone, there are times when checklists are warranted and ought to be enforced until such times as actions become habitual, or processes fully automated. But the...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 6-TEAM.

In any sport, it is the TEAM that wins. If every member of the team learns to work with each other, adapts to each other’s personalities to feed strengths and mitigate weaknesses, and if they rally around workable...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 7-EXCUSES.

Accept no excuses. Muscles don’t grow unless they are sufficiently challenged with heavier and heavier weights over time. Marathons are not won by giving in to aches and pains and succumbing to fatigue before the finish...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 8-INFLUENCERS.

Do you have the authority to make change? Do you have the full support of the board and all your executive stakeholders? When that day arrives when you stand before your entire employee population to announce your agenda and...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 9-TRUST.

Okay. So you are the new CEO. The chief honcho. The big cheese. The board hired you so they expect change. You have the authority to make almost any change you desire to the company. You have that magical power as if to wave a...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 10-PULL the CARPET.

As long as an ineffective, expired or even a  bad process is resourced, it will continue. Yet, few executives have the courage to pull the carpet from under an undesirable process. They sometimes fear the disruption that may be...

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EXCELLENCE. Step 11-CHASM.

A new process or program can only succeed when employees clearly recognize, accept, and believe in, the need to change from an existing, adequate program or process to a new one. Often, employees do not recognize a need for...

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Best and Safest INVESTMENTS.

It’s YOU. Invest in yourself and you’ll reap the greatest rewards, from personal to financial. Steps to making yourself a richer and more valuable human being: Take courses relevant to your objectives and...

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Discover Your Future JOB: Selling WEED.

Finding work in the real America is a tough full-time job that often lasts more than 24 months. So, if you have a job, but have not followed the advice I offered in my previous Nuggets, you are likely heading for a world of hurt...

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GAVE UP…Tossed In The Towel!!!

The economy is NOT REBOUNDING as the bobble-head business reporters are claiming. The significant index to monitor is The Labor Participation Rate, (LPR). The Federal Reserve and the bobble-heads who fail to dig deep are using...

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PRIORITIES: Why Low-Value C-s Captivate

“A” priorities are the ones that get you increases in pay, noticed, and promoted. Yet, employees, executives, and especially small-, and medium-business owners pour their time into the “C” priorities and...

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Cover Letters: Foreseeable Care

ABC and NBC news today are reporting that beverage manufacturer Red Bull is responding to possible concerns alleging its drink may not give you wings.  It struck me as frivolous that anyone would try to grab a moment in the...

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Recruiting AGENCY–Disruptive Innovator

It happens almost every day in high technology.  A disruptive technology turns a marketplace onto its head and creates buzz and excitement for the consumers of that technology. 3M did it. Apple did it. I’m sure you can...

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8-CRITICAL Points for your RESUME

In a recent LINKEDIN post “presented by XEROX”, the point is strongly made that the typical resume is dull, dry, and fails miserably to appeal to the human reader. While providing endless lists of day-to-day duties...

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No Photo? Why the Profile Mystery?

Okay. Let’s see if I understand this correctly? The majority of LinkedIn profiles feature photos, but your profile doesn’t? All your connections know who you are and what you look like, but you are hiding your photo...

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Job Search: Should You Use LinkedIn?

I’ve often been asked if job seekers should bother to upload their information to LinkedIn and use LinkedIn. The short answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. If you are looking for a job, certainly you must be on job boards like...

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Follow the Money: Upcoming GREAT Jobs

As you know, I read extensively so my readers won’t have to. One of the areas I pay attention to is the job front, looking for tips to provide to my readers to help with everything about the job search from resumes to...

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Great FUTURE Jobs? People Serving Machines

If you think unemployment problems are bad now, the years ahead are going to be BRUTAL. Various studies done in 2013, and this year, in 2014, are pointing out that about 50% of jobs in North America AND in Europe are going to be...

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Should You Use Head Hunter?

Reader “P”  asked: “I plan to aggressively apply to new job postings everywhere I can. Should I also use a head hunter, and if so, should I use more than one?” If you are going to aggressively apply to...

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Will YOU Soon Be Scrapped, Also?

Back in the 1980’s, it was identified that there was 33% more cars being manufactured, globally, than the demand ever called for. Back then, hundreds of thousands of cars were let to rust or being dumped into the ocean....

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