Values & Priorities

Management Classic Relevant Today — In Its 50th Year

Only a few business management books still ring true after 10 years, much less 50 years.  But The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker is still a relevant, concise, and compelling guide for any key member of an organization.  First published in 1967, this book, still in print, is now 50 years old.  It is worth your time because its guidance is timeless, valuable, and practical. Jeff…

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How Do Values Help Prepare for the Future? EOS is Part of the Answer.

Nancy Lyons, CEO, Clockwork delivered thoughtful comments on this question at a recent event hosted by Minnesota Business Magazine. I will quote Nancy below and add a few comments of my own.  Everything in quotations below is from my notes on Nancy’s presentation. “Preparing for the future is all about people.  Why?  Our lives and work are intertwined.  Both should be centered around values.  How…

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“Wake us … from the sedative of misdirected frenzy.”

Sometimes a phrase will deeply resonate with me.  ” The sedative of misdirected frenzy ” did so for me on a recent Sunday morning in church.  This phrase succinctly captures a common yet avoidable problem in many aspects of our lives. In companies or organizations Haven’t we all observed the “sedative of misdirected frenzy” in a company or in an organization?  When things aren’t working…

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How Three Moves Quadrupled the Value of this Business

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create some recurring revenue for your business?  You know those automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable, but the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about coming up with a reason for customers to agree to a monthly bill. Take a look…

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Core Values at Opportunity into Revenue

Several years ago, my colleagues at Thomson Reuters in the Government Segment, Law School Libraries, and Global Legal Products helped me articulate some important assumptions about the way we approached our business.  The entire document fit easily on one page — and none of the statements had more than nine words.  But these concise statements of our “Business Beliefs” served as an important reminder of…

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