Resolving to Really Change

It’s that time of year again. Whether by choice or mandated by your boss, goal setting and planning are often associated with the end of the calendar year. When I was in the corporate world, this time of year was a time when we set goals for the new year along with our expectations and … Continue reading “Resolving to Really Change”

Toyota, what have you done?!?

Want to see how to destroy a great reputation that took years to build in just a few short weeks?  You might want to talk with Toyota.  In their quest to become the world’s largest car company they made a mistake that GM was often considered guilty of.  They let quality slip. That alone probably … Continue reading “Toyota, what have you done?!?”

Changing the Way We Hire

Throughout my career, I have been on both sides of the hiring scene. I have dealt with the frustrations of finding a position that best matched my abilities and beliefs, and I also played various roles in hiring at every company I worked for. In either case, I would say the objective was the same: … Continue reading “Changing the Way We Hire”

A Discussion on Change Management and How to Make it Work

In my September newsletter I discussed the concept of change. Largely I see the majority of us resistant to change (which I would doubt there would be many arguments against this) and as a society/business community expecting change to happen instantaneously. We are very much in a “now” society. Technology has spoiled us to the … Continue reading “A Discussion on Change Management and How to Make it Work”

Just How Important is Communication?

Imagine you are making a trip to another city. Unfortunately your car is broke down and you have to rely on someone else to get you exactly where you want to go. In an urban area you might call a taxi, take the bus, or ride on a train/subway. If you live out in the … Continue reading “Just How Important is Communication?”

Business would be wonderful if I could just fix all these damn problems!

Is that something that you said to yourself? Maybe even thought it a couple times? I think every business owner or executive has come across a point where they wished they knew all the answers. Every business has its challenges. We may think the grass is greener at another company in another industry in another … Continue reading “Business would be wonderful if I could just fix all these damn problems!”

The importance of buying local to the economy.

Natasha Vora is a friend of mine who owns Indocara. Her company specializes in bringing textiles and furnishings from Southeast Asia to sell in the US. She has a small retail shop located in downtown Madison as well as an online presence at Though Natasha and I come from very different backgrounds, we do … Continue reading “The importance of buying local to the economy.”

Opportunities Exist: Are you ready for them?

Growth is possible anytime, anywhere, in virtually any industry. All too often we miss these opportunities over concerns and fear from what we see occurring in the marketplace. Yet businesses who are poised to grow now will be miles ahead of their competition when the economy shifts. Why would I say this? It’s simple, because … Continue reading “Opportunities Exist: Are you ready for them?”