Risk Management ― Making a Difference

Which conditions, situations, events or people have the potential of posing significant hazard to a going concern, thus warranting the installation of a risk management function? In business, the extent of one’s success and failure is measured in monetary equivalents. Consequently, risk is measured in monetary equivalents as well. What is Risk? Risk refers to …

The Misperception of QUALITY

The word “misperception” means a wrong or incorrect understanding or interpretation, whereas the word “quality” means the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. So, what IS the “standard”, the “measurement”, or the “degree of excellence” that is being misperceived? Let’s investigate. What IS Quality? Robert Pirsig argues …

Stupid IS as Stupid DOES

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PLEASE, stop making problem solving overly-complicated―the complication is hardly in the problem or in the situation; it’s in your approach, your perception of what’s going on. Stop listening to self-proclaimed experts or gurus who profess to have discovered a secret solution to your problem, coaxing you to adopt their proprietary n-step best practice. You may …

Success Assured

On December 15th 1903 Wilbur Wright telegraphed his father and sister “Success Assured”. Mind you, that was two days before he and his brother Orville made the first successful manned, controlled, and sustained flight in a heavier than air flying machine in history—the birth of aviation. You may ask, what bolstered Wilbur’s confidence? I’m telling you, there’s …

PREDATORY CULTIVATION ― AN UNFORTUNATE BEST PRACTICE

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It cannot be stated often enough, repeated again-and-again, business IS a system. As a matter of fact, we live our lives in relationships to systems, whether they be economic, social, educational, political, geographic, or family. WHAT IS A SYSTEM? A system is a network comprised of COMPONENT PARTS—including people—and their CONNECTIONS. Every part contributes its own unique …

To BE a Leader

Today, on my walk with my dog Enzo, I was wondering about the meaning of BEING a leader. How does one become a leader anyway? And, what is its significance for other people? How does it affect their lives? These musings were prompted by the daily avalanche of descriptors of leadership—what it IS—provided by nearly every leadership adviser, …