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Top Secrets of Emails That Open Networking Doors

November 6th, 2010 No Comments

INTRODUCTION–WHAT’S UP WITH THIS? What’s up with this? Emails that actually get a response from strangers? Most people think it’s hard to send an email and get a response from a contact person they haven’t met, especially if they have no introduction or referral. But really it’s possible to connect with leaders in the field or a center of influence via email, even if you haven’t met them and have no introduction or referral. If you just know what to

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Our Job Security is Our Network

October 13th, 2010 No Comments

I attended a sad farewell for an association that at one time was truly a great organization. It was vibrant and growing. This group was quite impactful for me throughout my career though particularly in the early stages. Over the years the association had lost membership and struggled to keep going. I myself had not been an active member for years. It was not a huge surprise that the decision was made to discontinue meeting, though still disheartening, especially for

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What I Learned From Coach Wooden

July 14th, 2010 1 Comment

John Wooden recently passed away. He was the long time UCLA Basketball Coach with record wins and unmatched honors. Beyond his accolades and honors, he has said that the letters from his individual players are his treasures. That absolutely fits what I have come to know about Coach Wooden. I always mention John Wooden when I talk about leadership. I don’t even know much about basketball other than enjoying a game or two here and there. My interest in Coach

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Agile Methods and Process/Quality Standards

June 15th, 2010 No Comments

In a nutshell, agile methods give the development team a great deal of freedom as to what activities to carry out; if they choose activities, including documentation and review/approval, that conform to the standard, then they can claim conformance and obtain any certification that may be available.

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Baseball and BP

June 13th, 2010 No Comments

Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham asks: why can’t the Gulf of Mexico oil spill be handled more like the missed-call (non) perfect game in Detroit? The umpire admitted he blew the call, the pitcher who had his perfect game taken away shook the ump’s hand, the fans cheered, eyes grew damp. Good sportsmanship, apologies, “be honest, admit mistakes, and keep moving.” My reaction was: why wasn’t the non-perfect game handled more like the oil spill? Why didn’t the pitcher sue the

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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