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Union or No Union?

Unions have worked to provide enlightenment and social legislation to make U.S. businesses better places to work. Ongoing legal actions, legislative proposals, and bluster all challenge the status quo that labor and management would both like to change. But there is another point of view, as illustrated by these straightforward answers to often misunderstood (or misrepresented) aspects of the issue:

Is It Too Late To Make A Change?

In March of 2020 – just one year ago, our lives changed. Borders closed, stores closed, restaurants closed their doors with some keeping their take-out windows open and business – well…some thrived and some faltered.

We remember where we were when we got the news. My husband and I had just arrived for a three-week vacation in a Hilton Head condo on the beach. It was a short vacation – the beach closed, the pools closed, the restaurants closed and there was just a scant number of open grocery stores.

Facing Uncertainty

Have you ever been confronted with a problem that literally threatened to sink your business, burdening you with so much uncertainty that you did not know where to start?
I remember one such situation particularly well. I was given the opportunity to jump from running 2 businesses to all 6 businesses of a company after the responsible VP/GM was suddenly terminated. The owner of the company looked at me and said, “It’s all yours. Fix it”.

Your Best Employee Is Leaving

Your best employee just accepted a new job. If you can’t reverse this loss (and maybe you shouldn’t try), how do you avoid the next one – and there will be a next one. To complicate what may be next, we’re now in an environment where job security is more uncertain and people are more receptive to job alternatives. Plus we’re early in a new year which is an annual venue for elevated turnover.

Leadership in a Crisis and Beyond

COVID-19 caused many businesses to feel as if they ran straight into a stone wall at full speed. The economy was rolling along, unemployment was low, and there was a sense of optimism.
In an instant, everything changed. We have lived through a few months of the pandemic, but business leaders are concerned about their companies long-term. This is a new, uncertain environment.

The Guts and Resolve to Defy a Recession

In 2020 we’re looking into our next recession.  From 2008 – 2010, we saw the courage and tenacity of one business owner demonstrate that you can survive and even reposition a company during extreme adversity.  As we look back at the fear and pain of that Great Recession, it left us a legacy of one New England business leader on how to deal with extreme economic challenge – like we now face again.

Do You Have The Right Ingredients To Build a Great Leadership Team?

A natural instinct for some CEOs may be to bring in the people they know well and with whom they feel the most comfortable working. This may be a good place to start, especially if they have had success with these people in the past. It is important to ask yourself: Is this or was this the right approach?

Big Wave Thinking

Growing up as a kid on California beaches, I wasn’t a great surfer. In fact, I was goofy-footed. This term means that I stood on my surfboard with my left foot in back, which is opposite of most surfers who put their right foot in back.

The Keystone for Successful Baby Boomer Succession

If you are or have been the parent of a teenage child you may have read the book by Anthony E. Wolfe, I Hate You, But Will You Please Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? You probably got a chuckle out of the title, but after reading it, found it totally relatable.

A Succession Case Study

Three years ago, Malcolm Cooper Jr., second-generation owner of J.K. Adams Company, made a serious assessment of future leadership prospects at his Vermont-based company.

What Happens When the Track Outruns Your Horse?

As businesses mature and position for growth, change or succession, the people who had been good leaders may still be good leaders. But as you look ahead they may no longer be the right leaders.

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