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Stifled leadership and blindly following

In my day job I have been increasingly doing what can best be called management consulting. Over the decades in multiple organizations I have marveled at individuals and teams who get themselves into trouble - sometimes seriously - because they just 'followed the rules' or 'followed the process' or 'completed the checklist properly'. And the... Continue Reading →

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There are several Bible verses that suggest that you should avoid making decisions on your own. And clearly the more serious the issue the more time and attention is needed to ensure that the matter is dealt with correctly. In a large organization, you will find teams who specialize in certain problems. Some are fairly... Continue Reading →

The Rat Race

Some days are a grind, and I needed to be reminded that the rat race is not why I am here: Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all... Continue Reading →

Wealth

I'm working through the Bible, and came across this passage concerning wealth. It is a reminder that no matter what position we find ourselves in, we must acknowledge that it is the Lord who has brought us to this place. It is a reminder to never forget that the Lord gives us the ability to... Continue Reading →

Plan

Over the course of my career I have worked with many different managers and product development teams. They are all different and unique. But there is one constant predictor of success for a project - how well planning is applied. And this does not just mean for the project teams themselves, but to a whole organization... Continue Reading →

Gossiping

With the news today that The President of the United States is sharing information with foreign powers, I'm prompted to discuss the issue of gossiping. Information feels like power, and there is nothing like having information that you think no one else has, and showing off by sharing it. It does make you feel more... Continue Reading →

Tools and Methods

One of the responsibility of a manager is to build the capability of a team of individuals. Especially in highly competitive environments, it is necessary to always seek ways to get work done faster with less effort. The teams that do this best usually arm their company with a competitive edge. These 'ways' can mean... Continue Reading →

Politics

Whoever heard of office politics as something that is said in a constructive manner? In my experience if you are really good at your job, the work that you do speaks for itself. Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. Proverbs... Continue Reading →

Priorities, Priorities

It is essential to ensure that you invest money, time and effort first to that which ensures a return. After that, once a return on investment is in play,  you can spend money on things you need or want. If you own a farm, this means get the fields ready to ensure harvest will come.... Continue Reading →

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