The Failure Of Our Government

I was angry and embarrassed to hear about the failure of the finance super committee. The group of six democrats and six republicans was tasked with reaching an agreement that would improve our federal budget by $1.2 trillion over ten years. In other words, from 2012 to 2021, the United States is projected to spend … Continue reading The Failure Of Our Government

Management Skills: Be Strategic

In three weeks I'll be finished with my last MBA class, the strategy capstone. I never thought of strategy as something limited upper management. Sure, big decisions are made in the big offices, but I always felt I could affect the big company through little actions in my part of the organization. Strategy begins with … Continue reading Management Skills: Be Strategic

Submissive, Assertive, and Aggressive Management

An employee shows up to work slightly out of dress code. He is wearing a midnight blue shirt when the policy clearly states only light-colored shirts are acceptable. I find that if the manager says nothing he will communicate that the new acceptable standard is to be out of dress code. If he screams and … Continue reading Submissive, Assertive, and Aggressive Management

The Symphony: Reacting to the Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs died this past week. I heard the sad news in my car, and was surprised by how much it upset me. When I got home, I read his now famous speech given in 2005 at Stanford's commencement. Steve spoke with gravity and struck a somber tone for a graduation. Having survived his first … Continue reading The Symphony: Reacting to the Death of Steve Jobs