Posts Tagged ‘knowledge’

How Do You Define Failure?

The question of how do you define failure is an important one. The way you think of failure strongly impacts the results you get. Consider this quote of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” In other words, Read the rest of this entry »

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Perspective Requires Multiple Views

When you are told you need a new perspective how do you respond? Some of the definitions of perspective include the state of one’s ideas and a way of picturing something spatially. So, we hear statements like, “That’s your opinion, but I have a different perspective.” There in is the rub. We have a tendency to reduce others’ perspectives to opinions. But, what if we look at this a little differently? Read the rest of this entry »

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Change and Adapt to Grow

Take some time to think about how you are now versus how you were 5, 10, 15 or more years ago. If you are like me you see someone very different. We all change and adapt to grow whether intentionally or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hiring versus Training

Should you hire new employees or train existing employees? This is really a trick question. Why? Well, there is no actual right or wrong answer as the hiring versus training decision depends largely on the actual situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confidential Information

How we designate information as confidential and maintain this confidentiality is often overlooked. Yet confidential information needs two things: accessibility to those who need it and protection from those who don’t.

What Needs to Be Confidential?

I suggest that we work backwards in this process. That is, start with Read the rest of this entry »

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Company Grapevine Pros and Cons

The company grapevine is unavoidable. That said, how can you make it work for the company and not against it? To address this let’s take a look at the company grapevine pros and cons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas Revisited

Have you ever worked at a place where all decisions were top down ones and employee ideas were ignored? On the other hand, perhaps you are managing a company that operates this way. Companies that do this put themselves at a distinct disadvantage.

Nobody Knows it All

By cutting off employee input management is limiting the knowledge they have to make decisions. They are effectively shutting down Read the rest of this entry »

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Excess Information

Information is vital to any business, but just how much can you process and make useful? In the past few years a couple of phrases have been tossed about concerning the information people are receiving. One is TMI, which stands for Too Much Information. The other is Information Overload. Interestingly, the issue of excess information exists at the same time that people also struggle to get Read the rest of this entry »

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Internal Communication

Nearly all of us are familiar with the saying, “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Let’s look at that a little. This comes from the Bible in Matthew 6:3 in regards to giving. In essence it is saying that our giving is a private matter not to be done for show or to impress others. However, there is another way of saying the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing that is somewhat different.

A Little Story

Quite a few years ago I worked for a company that acquired another company. After the acquisition the management of the acquired company became the dominant group. While my role changing was fine with me, there was one thing that was troublesome. There were certain things that Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Questions

We all have heard the statement, “There are no stupid questions, only unasked ones.” But how often do we fail at this? This post was prompted by an online conversation in a group I belong to. Someone had started the conversation mentioning they had a few questions and some were stupid ones. Oh, really? Read the rest of this entry »

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