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No Time To Be Nice

23 Jun

Well, I’m back – but only occasionally. Finding a topic every week is tough. Sunday the NY Times had a great article, No Time To Be Nice, with interesting links and a workplace assessment worth taking. Once again the “manager from hell” is described in excruciating detail   Goto:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/opinion/sunday/is-your-boss-mean.html?_r=0

Sabbitical

21 Jan

John LanghorneDear readers:

I began this blog on November 17, 2009. Since then I have posted 250 blogs.  Over the last couple of years, between 75 and 150 visitors have tuned in each week. I am running out of steam.  It is time for a Sabbatical. I intend to return in the near future after rethinking the refreshing the content. If you have any ideas, suggestions etc. please send me a note. See you in the Springtime?

Sincerely – John Langhorne

Listening

14 Jan

 

 

 

The Big Three people management skills

 

  1.   Manage your say/do ratio
  2.   Give and receive feedback
  3.   Listen, listen, listen

 

Listening is the hardest to learn. Great article in the WSJ on listening.

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Christmas 2014

25 Dec

Hanlon’s Razor

10 Dec

 

 

“In explaining any human shortcoming, the first tool I reach for is Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. The kind of stupidity I have in mind has nothing to do with ignorance or low IQ; in fact, it’s often the brightest and best informed who suffer the most from it.”

 

Seeing this quote I chuckled for at least two minutes. Hanlon’s Razor is a derivative of Occam’s Razor. A principle too many people violate. I particularly enjoyed learning that Hanlon was a real person and the law originates from a well known science fiction writer.

 

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

12 Nov

 

Recently the WSJ had an interesting article on happiness and money. Turns out that it isn’t how much you have but how you use it. No surprise to psychologists who study personal satisfaction (aka happiness).

Just For Fun

22 Oct

From time-to-time someone sends me a video that is pure fun.

Behold four minutes of delight:

 

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Parenting and Managing

15 Oct

In meetings, people occasionally ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting?” I pause for a long second and say: Children are shorter. A recent Corner Office article in the New York Times has an excellent conversation about this topic.

For a more explicit  perspective, but one very much in agreement with the former here is 700 words on How parenting and managing inform each other.

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North Platte, Nebraska

25 May

 

Monday is Memorial Day.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video, it will touch your heart.

 North Platte, Nebraska

Decision Making For Managers

7 May

 

 

Recently the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on managerial decision-making. Unfortunately the title was so misleading that you may not have read it. Four quite good ideas:

 

  1. Want innovation? Be wary of deadlines
  2. Big unknowns lead to bad choices
  3. Good thinkers look past facts
  4. Leaders should stay positive

 

The last two of the above are about the power of intuition (aka emotion) in decision-making and leadership.

 

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