April Top 5 Roundup
post # 371 — May 4, 2007 — a General post
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make these posts the most linked and discussed ideas in the month of April.
Here are some interesting questions: Is there business advice out there for people and firms that, quite consciously, make a choice that they don’t want to pursue “Olympic Gold”? If not, is most business literature profoundly misleading because it assumes objectives that are inaccurate?
In this client relations post, I quote Dennis Howlettâ€™s AccManâ€™s list of â€œGreat Clientâ€ characteristics, and add to those my own. Readers contribute many interesting opinions and stories.
I have observed that our biggest barrier, as individuals and organizations, is the difficulty in doing what is in our long-term best interest, not just what provides immediate gratification. This post builds on ideas developed in How Not to Manage People and Strategy and the Fat Smoker. Experience has shown me that there are effective ways to get people to do what they (already) know is best for them in the long term.
On the HBS site, Bob Sutton announces that â€œThe War for Talent Is Backâ€ (did it ever end?). Here is my response to that statement and what I think we can do to win the battle.
To this day, I prefer the use of the overhead projector because it is still the best technology I know to minimize the speaker-audience barrier during presentations. Some people wonder if this projects an unprofessional, out-of-date image…