How the Monkey, Chicken, and Pig Relate to Managing Change

In discussing change with some colleagues recently I recalled a conversation with a client who combined the stories of “Who’s Got the Monkey” (1) and the story from the “Kingdom Agenda” (2) about the Chicken and the Pig, by Tony Evans. As a refresher, the Monkey discussion was from William … More

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“What Your Competitors Hope You Haven’t Learned About Negotiation”

On August 16th, Tim Larkin of Crestview Communications and I co-presented at the EBITDA Partners Summer Speaker Session. Our topic: “What your competitors hope you haven’t learned about negotiation.” We explained what we considered were the top attributes to a successful negotiation, and then each explained through a story one … More

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Who Needs Leaders?

We all need leaders to help focus our spiritual, professional and social lives. Leaders play an essential role in defining, communicating and galvanizing the collective consciousness of an organization or community. In turn, this collective consciousness serves to inspire action, motivate commitment and focus a group’s energies on the accomplishment … More

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Work In Progress Throughput Time

What are the benefits of having a superior Work in Process (WIP) throughput speed? Whenever I mention improving throughput speed in a manufacturing environment, business owners often show concern and tell me they cannot afford to go too fast and impact quality. When I explain that I’m not suggesting increasing … More

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