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Always Chasing Change?

“The decorative aluminum grill market moved to pre-finished materials and it took us three months to get our designs straightened out and a new set of standard inventory items set for distribution. We have finally made the initial run and sent the stock to the field six months after our competitors. Now they want custom…

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Another Use for Virtual Reality

During discussions of change I often ask coaching clients how they think Artificial Intelligence may become standard in their business. The answers make it clear that for those of us embroiled in managing business every day not much thought goes into AI yet. It will not be long, perhaps 5 years until several forms of…

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Bill Strong’s Business Adventure

Bill Strong, CEO of Strongfab Corp., left the house he and Joy had purchased in Elmhurst the year he took over the company from his father ten years ago. Now, both kids were in college, Christine at Coe out in Iowa and Bill Jr. at the University of Illinois in engineering. Bill was now focused…

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On Knowing When to Stop

Patricia Deck, my wife and inspiration, is an artist. She has studied for decades to increase her painting skills. Color, texture, composition and brush stroke are languages and she is fluent in all. Patty can produce wonderful works in oil, acrylic, pastel or water color. However, those marvelous skills cannot alone or even in tandem produce art. When art emerges,…

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Leadership Team Coaching

Because it is sometimes hard for CEOs to navigate alone, I began offering Leadership Team Coaching about a year ago. It has proven to be a very valuable tool for my clients. If you as CEO are feeling that something is missing in your management team performance or cooperation it may be just the thing…

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Words, Words and More Words

We are deep into a political campaign to top them all. The very nature of this particular debate process is divisive. Harsh words fall like rain from virtually all of the candidates. We cannot look up without encountering vitriol from all directions. I’ve been a life-long persuader, but for the past couple of years my…

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It’s All About Teamwork

To depart from the usual business stories and athletic metaphors, come with me for a short journey into the performing arts, where teamwork is every bit as important in aesthetic pursuits as it is in more familiar areas. This past weekend, along with over 50 other singers, a dozen members of the orchestra and another…

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Enlightenment by Sunshine

Near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on Prince’s Inlet, rests a dilapidated excursion boat. I understand it was used in the 1940s and 50s as a whale watching craft. We are here again this year on a painting vacation staying in the home of a friend. The house overlooks the water of Prince’s Inlet. This small bay…

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