Stop the Madness – Social Networking is not a Panacea

You’re Not Ready for Social Networking A colleague who operates a retail franchise asked me my thoughts about incorporating social networking into his Internet sales efforts. Currently, he tracks about 35% of his sales directly to customers who first contacted his store via the Internet. As I explained to my colleague (without trying to sound(…)

Lazy Kids and the End of Entrepreneurship in America

The Future of Entrepreneurship in America I noticed something strange while sitting on my front porch today: A professional landscaping crew of seven had descended on my cul-de-sac to industriously cut the lawns and trim the bushes at my home and the homes of my neighbors on either side. While this same event happens twice(…)

Proper Filenames are Critical to Proper Business Etiquette

  Sometimes You Have to be a Prick to Those Outside of Your Company   I just received the March 2009 purchase report from one of our company’s 50+ vendors who provide such recaps. This particular vendor chose to name the file MyCompanyMarch.xls. By “MyCompanyMarch,” I mean he put the name of my company and(…)

Secretary Duncan Should Wear a Dunce Cap

  Lessons on Leadership and Humanity from Arne Duncan   As we wrote last month in our post about local school administrators: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, become administrators.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is the administrator of all administrators.   On Tuesday, Secretary Duncan was in Denver(…)

Madoff Accountant Friehling Could Be More Culpable Than Madoff

  If You Want the Swindlers, Get Their Accountants “If you want the Mafia, get their lawyers,” explains Mitchell McDeere, formerly of Bendini, Lambert and Locke. I think we’re missing the real villains in the Bernard Madoff affair. Madoff, in case you’ve been under a rock for the last few months, is the 70-year old(…)

A Snow Decision is No Decision When the Decision Comes Too Late

Leadership Lessons from Snow Days in Georgia (My apologies as I get a little local here, but this stuff really ticks me off.) It snowed in Georgia yesterday; this is news. Some towns, like Athens, received as much as six inches of snow. Gwinnett County, Georgia (north of Atlanta) got a little more than an(…)

The Nerds are Taking Over – What The Terminator can Teach Us About Leadership

  Skynet is Here, and the Nerds are at the Controls (Terminator fans can probably skip the next two paragraphs, as they’re just an explanation of the havoc we can expect in our not-too-distant future.) Skynet, for the uninformed, is a computer-based defense system, created by nerds working for the U.S. military in the 1990s.(…)

Leadership Lessons from the Stimulus and Obama

  The Stimulus, Obama and Leadership Eight Hundred Billion Dollars. $800,000,000,000.00. That’s a lot of money. When combined with the $700,000,000,000.00 squandered by or scheduled to be squandered by the Troubled Asset Relief Project (TARP), we’re talking about one and a half trillion dollars. In round numbers, $1.5 trillion looks like this: $1,500,000,000,000.00. Hard to(…)

Google is Just Like Everyone Else…

  Leadership Lessons from Google – When a Giant Makes a Giant Mistake Google announced last week that they would close three offices and lay off 100 full-time recruiters. Even though these are the first Google-hired employees ever to lose their jobs in a workforce reduction, it’s not news… not in this economy. In fact,(…)

Circuit City, Where Service Was Never State of the Art

Circuit City – We Told You So… In what was probably the easiest call in the last ten years, we told you Circuit City was going to go all the way (read our November 12, 2008 post if you don’t believe us). Back then we said you shouldn’t “be fooled by their reorganization plans; Circuit(…)

Online at 30,000 Feet? Welcome to the World Wide Mile High Club

  Delta-a-GoGo: Wi-Fi in the Sky – Good, Bad, Right, Wrong? It’s Here When I first read about Delta’s plans to add wi-fi networking on some flights I was appalled. Under no circumstances did I want this one last bastion of freedom from emails to escape my personal dead zone. I truly enjoyed my twice-weekly(…)

Leadership Lessons from a Dead Socialist

Leading in the New Millennium: Pay for (Lack of) Performance “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair Although Sinclair’s words were uttered in 1935, they ring especially true when applied to the leadership void we face today. While Sinclair, a(…)

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Freakonomics, The Movie

Freakonomics: The Movie During my extended time off between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I sat down with accomplished entrepreneur and filmmaker Chad Troutwine to discuss the most ambitious documentary ever to pique the interest of the editors of AskTheManager.com. For those of you unfamiliar with Chad’s work, he is a founder (along with Markus Moberg) of(…)

Detroit’s Automakers: Why They Deserved The Money

Why Detroit Deserved Their Bailout… (We understand we’re a little late to the party, but we were on hiatus during the whole Auto Bailout mess, and we felt we would be remiss if we didn’t provide our two cents.) While there is no doubt that the Detroit automakers sowed many of the seeds of their(…)

It’s the Leadership, Stupid – Why the Economy is in the Toilet…

It’s the Leadership, Stupid These past few months have seen the greatest turmoil in the worldwide credit and stock markets most of us have ever experienced. With depression-like drops in equities and recession-like layoffs, foreclosures and bankruptcies, nearly everyone has been too busy bailing water to blame the Captain… until now. While much of the(…)

Leadership Lessons from Fantasy Football

Leadership Lessons from Fantasy Football Tonight kicks off another season of NFL Football. To many, this is the most anticipated day of the year – especially to the millions of fantasy football players. The editors of AskTheManager are fantasy football fanatics and we spent most of our draft last week discussing how fantasy football intersects(…)

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