Four-star General and Hippie Agree on Leadership & Change Management

This last week I went to the Fortune Magazine ScaleUp Summit in Atlanta Georgia.  The overarching theme of the summit–from General McChrystal’s “Team of Teams” keynote to Ari Weinzweig’s change management presentation about Zingerman’s Deli–is that no one wants to be managed. Instead, our people want and need coaches. If the frontline employees have access to the […]

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Five Myths in Marketing to Business-to-business Purchasers

This summer, world-wide Google searches on mobile devices surpassed those on personal computers for the first time, Amit Singhal, head of search at Google, said at the Recode Mobile conference today.  This is an important milestone for the way that people access the internet, especially for business. See this blog post on the Digits section of the Wall Street […]

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

My new favorite baseball team is the Washington Nationals. This is mostly because, as a father of four former little-league or high school baseball players, I’m a fan of Vegas-native baseball phenom, Bryce Harper. The Nationals didn’t make the playoffs this year, to the surprise of almost everyone familiar with Major League Baseball.  They were a consensus pick […]

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The Value of Business Coaching

Michael Jordan had Phil Jackson. Steve Jobs had Bill Campbell. Meg Whitman had John Thompson High performers in any field typically have a coach or mentor to help guide their major decisions. Several times in my career, I have found value in a business coach both for myself and the senior executives that reported to […]

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U.S. Treasury Awards $3.5 Billion in New Market Tax Credits to Spur Economic Development Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) today announced more than $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards aimed at stimulating investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities nationwide. A total of 76 organizations (Allocatees) across the country will receive tax credit allocation […]

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Pareto Principle: Determining Key Drivers

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in Italy, observing that twenty percent of the people had eighty percent of the wealth.  The principle does not just apply to economics. In fact, the pattern occurs in almost every natural and social system. Pareto himself showed that […]

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