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The Importance of Meetings: You don’t know what you’re missing

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While I often loathe meetings, I do realize and appreciate the importance. There are things that will not always be effectively accomplished over the phone, on a conference call, in a WebeEx, or with certain individuals not able to be present or involved.

The Value in having a “Meeting”

I think the real value of “the collective congregation of people in the effort of accomplishing business”, or simply defined as “a meeting”, is to make sure that those people don’t miss the opportunity to hear or speak on something critical.

The cartoon does illustrate the irony of the dinosaurs missing the boat. They missed out on continuing the existence of their  species! But it also reveals what the boat missed out on… the existence of their species!

Deliver Value, Bring Value, Share Value

So while you have meetings to disseminate information, do not disregard the more important value of allowing others to be involved to engage and share their own ideas of what will and won’t work!

Without the exchange of ideas we all have the potential for good ideas and works to become extinct!

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Reprint: The Wheel of Innovation


 Reprinted Article from November of 2009

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Innovation in tight times is always hard. It can be especially difficult in the tough economic times we face now. To be the innovative person/business now is like being Noah facing the task of building an ark in the middle of a desert. You can compare it to the Wright brothers taking their first flight, and the preparations they took in the 1800’s to their inaugural flight of 1903. You could even make the argument that even the person who invented the idea of the ‘pet rock’ was innovative, while a huge stretch. What are you mad!Innovation not only takes time and dollars, but also a grain of insanity and a number of pennies to throw into a wishing well along with your prayers. All in the hopes the idea you created with will be successful.


wheel Reprint: The Wheel of InnovationThis brings me to the wheel. The wheel is probably the most important mechanical invention of all time. Nearly every machine built since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution involves this single, basic principle embodied in one of mankind’s truly significant inventions. It is hard to imagine any mechanized system that would be possible without the wheel or the idea of a symmetrical component moving in a circular motion on an axis. Various references all over the internet state that from ancient drawings, the earliest known use of this invention was a potter’s wheel that was used in Mesopotamia (part of modern day Iraq) as early as 3500 BC. You can find a wheel like component in every part of your life. It has been reworked, downsized, enlarged, given spokes and saw like grips. Yet everyone says “don’t reinvent the wheel.”

People have their reasons for saying this because it may be easier to go with the status quo or do what has been supposedly proven and repeated time and time again. Yet, I say, when there is an opportunity to change things, make them better and become innovative in what you do or how you think, by all means – reinvent the wheel. You can use the basis of many proven ideas and build upon them to create your own success.

In times like these, when everything around you seems like a desert, you may have to build an ark just to change things up a bit!

HR, S&P and the Downgrade of the U.S. Economy @DriveThruHR

I was once again a guest on the famous DriveThruHR daily a few weeks back (Aug 8, 2011). We had scheduled my appearance about 2 weeks before and how funny was it that on the Monday they asked me the question “What keeps you up at night?” that Standard and Poor’s had just announced the downgrade of United States from AAA to AA. Ahhh… well here we are; William Tincup, Bryan Wempen and I discussing Work, Business and the affects of the S&P downgrade. I am no economist but I am aware!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

(A short commercial may run before the interview begins)

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The Debt Ceiling Story – An analogy (From the MarketingHeadHunter.com):

The U.S. Congress sets a federal budget every year in the trillions of dollars. Few people know how much money that is so we created a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms. Let’s put the 2011 federal budget into perspective:

  • U.S. income: $2,170,000,000,000
  • Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
  • New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
  • National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
  • Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000 (about 1 percent of the budget)

It helps to think about these numbers in terms that we can relate to. Let’s remove eight zeros from these numbers and pretend this is the household budget for the fictitious Jones family.

  • Total annual income for the Jones family: $21,700
  • Amount of money the Jones family spent: $38,200
  • Amount of new debt added to the credit card: $16,500
  • Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
  • Amount cut from the budget: $385


The S&P Downgrade – Background: AAA to AA+ 

  • Standard & Poor’s – AA – remember that this group also helped hurt the markets with their AAA ratings of the mortgage backed securities
  • Moody’s - AAA
  • Fitch - AAA
  • The highest rating for the first time in 70 years
  • The rating change is and should not be a surprise but there are 2 main reasons: (1) We spend more than we have coming in and (2) politics (It is clear that the rise of the Tea Party and the pledge of Republicans in general to never raise taxes, along with the Democrats unwillingness to cut Social Security, produced the downgrade)
  • We should not be worried but we should definitely become aware.
  • More than just an indicator of US politics, business practices and personal debt

So there will be two things we will need to focus on

  • Employee Motivation
  • Leadership Challenges (99% of the company looking for 12 people to decide)

Business (Leadership Challenges): China complained but is still buying US Treasuries. Why? Out of safe bets we are still the safest.

  • I am not an economist - China keep its currency value artificially low
  • One way they do this is by buying US treasuries
  • This low value of the Yen keeps their goods and services low and marketable globally
  • Being able to sell your goods globally at a much lower rate than other competitors keeps you more competitive.
  • This affects US companies in their ability to be and stay competitive
  • High Competition leads to the potential of Lower margins and possibly an increase in operating costs
  • This affects a business’s ability to maintain staff leading to the situation we are in now.

S&P Work (Motivation – Physiological and Safety):

  • On average countries with lower ratings have higher interest rates.
  • So borrowing costs of not only the U.S. gov’t but also American consumers is likely to go up, even if not significantly at first.
  • What’s more, Treasury bonds, long one of the most stable securities in the market, are likely to get more volatile.
  • Stock and retirement will definitely be affected in the short term
  • Consumer and employee confidence (leading to speculation) which is the main reason we went into a depression (Oct of 1929)


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