Category: Planning

Safety Nets and Backup Plans

Plan B

Intelligent decision making requires the use of all weapons in our arsenal. Careless decision making is far easier. Except for a situation that is of so little importance that anything works, or is so simple nothing fails, the route to a less than a stupid decision must always follow a critical path to a goal. …

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Consultants – Part 4: When Not To Engage

Hiring external expertise to solve problems means making a major commitment to select and utilize this specialized resource. It is not inexpensive. On the occasions where internal consultancy will work just as well, there is probably a greater need for careful consideration before committing resources. Just because such a decision would be utilizing assets already …

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Job Search Reality Check (Part 2 of 5) – The Theory of Relativity

This has happened to most of us: While sitting in a window seat on an airplane at the gate, the plane at the adjacent gate begins to back out onto the tarmac. For a second, there is a momentary feeling of panic that your plane is slowly rolling forward toward a crash into the terminal …

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Defense Against Dismissivism

I have not done an exhaustive study on the subject, but it seems to be human nature to simply dismiss people that are not like us. The first lesson in my [almost] adult life was when I was working a summer job between my freshman and sophomore years in college. Looking back, I can see …

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Institutional Archaeology

Often overlooked in the undeclared war between generations in the workplace is the fact that most people are not stupid. Thin skinned new entrants into the workforce meet and mingle with the bias of overconfident old timers and chips begin flying off of everybody’s shoulders throughout the organization. Unlike most wars, neither side really has …

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