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Lessons from the business of baseball

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Ignore the snow and the cold. Even though it’s only February, the hope of spring is upon us. That is, the hope that comes with Major League Baseball’s Spring Training. It’s been a long three-plus months since the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. But pitchers and catchers are reporting… Continue Reading Lessons from the business of baseball

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We’ve really enjoyed both of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies and Laddie has read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on his Kindle. The fictitious Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries, seemingly with ease. A famous quote attributed to him is “Elementary, my dear Watson,” but it turns out his character apparently never said that.… Continue Reading “Elementary, my dear Watson” — back to business basics

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Managers need to hold employees accountable

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If you’ve been a business owner for any length of time and have employees, you’ve most likely had this scenario occur: You asked someone to do something, thought you had made your instructions clear, and expected it to be done. But it wasn’t done correctly or at all. You felt frustrated, annoyed and maybe downright… Continue Reading Managers need to hold employees accountable

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To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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My husband and I often have the same discussion while watching the NFL; he feels that we should replace all players with robots to prevent injuries. After the disastrous missed field goal in the Ravens/Patriots game last Sunday, it seems like a decent idea –a robot may have been able to make that kick. (Go… Continue Reading To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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Shouldn’t public servants face questioning?

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When I wanted to write about City of Colorado Springs’ police budget, former police chief Richard Myers refused to talk to me unless Steve Cox, who was the city’s chief of staff at the time, were present. I thought this would be a waste of taxpayer money, and wrote about the department’s budget without Myers’… Continue Reading Shouldn’t public servants face questioning?

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Effective leaders reach four generations

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As you look out on the landscape of those that you lead, what do you see? Can you identify with the characteristics, attitudes, values, and beliefs that are present amongst all these “different” people? Is there a core group that look, walk, talk, and act just like you; and are there two or three other… Continue Reading Effective leaders reach four generations

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When we rebranded our consulting firm a number of years ago, we decided to call it BusinessTruths because we believe certain business adages are universally true. Things like “cash is king” or “concentrations kill companies” or “people willing to give advice are a dime a dozen but a good advisor is worth his/her weight in… Continue Reading Business owners should discern between myths, truth

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A daunting task on the federal budget

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President Obama will release his proposed 2012-13 budget in early February. Over subsequent months, members of Congress will debate and attempt to score political points on the budget, especially in an election year, while special interests with their snouts stuck deep in the federal trough will seek to suck up even more taxpayer dollars. Make… Continue Reading A daunting task on the federal budget

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Slow it down

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When your daughter and her friends come home from college during winter break, you catch up on basic popular-culture phenomena. This includes terms, such as “rad” (for radical), music, and television shows, such as “Portlandia” (covered in the snobbish The New Yorker). It’s not that high culture needs to legitimize popular culture, but rather that… Continue Reading Slow it down

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A workout buddy for your business practices

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Have you ever been a coach for a sports team? A team at work? A friend? I coach the Air Force Academy equestrian team in addition to my business and executive coaching roles, and I find many similarities. Coaching both athletes and business people involves encouragement, goal setting, deadlines, and some gentle reminding when necessary.… Continue Reading A workout buddy for your business practices

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