Category Archives: Enterprise Management

Addresses a variety of issues for managing a professional creative enterprise.

Retaining Your Best People

Retention is a growing concern, fueled by lower unemployment rates and people seeking to improve their position or compensation.  It’s worth it to explore some of the reasons people develop a loyalty to their current firm..  If you want to … Continue reading

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Preserving Finite Resources

I just listened to an excellent edition of National Public Radio’s TED Radio Hour titled “Finite,” which speaks of the way in which we, as a civilization, are squandering so many of our resources. The episode begins with a lengthy … Continue reading

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Conscious Capitalism is Back

It’s energizing to be around young entrepreneurs with exciting ideas. My wife and I are honored to be mentors to a few start-ups in Reno, a delightful experience allowing us to work with and learn from a new crop of … Continue reading

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How would YOU answer?

A start-up company I’m mentoring here in Reno asked if they could profile me in their online database. The start-up is a networking company set up to help people in the commercial real estate industry connect with each other and … Continue reading

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Believe It: Quality Counts

It’s my experience that too many firms give lip service to quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC). Quality assurance is the process or set of processes used to measure and assure the quality of a product, while quality control is … Continue reading

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Getting the Best from Each Other

I was born in 1944, a couple of years before the Baby Boom. But my values and my approach to relationships align pretty well with that generation. My challenge as a young professional was to communicate with “the greatest generation,” … Continue reading

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Getting value from your strategic plan

How much does a strategic plan cost? If you hire a consultant, pull your senior folks away from client-facing business and team leadership for a couple of days, conduct the session off-site to avoid day-to-day distractions, pay for hotel rooms, … Continue reading

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How Do You Know When You’re a Principal?

In working with clients, I’ve often been asked this question, most frequently by a senior person who thinks he or she ought to be made a principal in their firm, or by the firm’s leadership team when they’re considering elevating … Continue reading

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Fresh Look at Employee Evaluations

I’ve always been skeptical of the “performance review” style of evaluating. I believe in a strengths-based method of casting – placing people in roles that take best advantage of each person’s unique mix of talents. Preparing for and then delivering … Continue reading

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Confrontation and Conflict

What kind of a trail do you leave behind when you’re pulled into a conflict or confrontation? If you have a leadership role in your organization — if you’re the place where the proverbial buck stops — you’re going to … Continue reading

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