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Dial That Number


One of my annual process checks is to revisit my personal Disaster Recovery Plan. I usually try to develop a thorough way to recover from any personal disaster that could affect how I work in my business and how I keep my life sane.
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The Fog Of Decision Making


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.


I attended the most recent session of the Rotman’s School of Business training program for Corporate Directors over the past year. During the course of the program I had time to both read and think about senior level leadership decisions.
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Plan, What Plan?


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.


In our last post we talked about the activities that can assist in developing an operational budget plan. Today we look at the types of plans you may be involved with and the reasons why you need to understand this.
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Do You Know Where Your Budget Is?


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.


It’s annual budget time again for those of you who budget on the calendar. A typically painful effort for many people, though usually self inflicted. There are ways to make this difficult but necessary effort at least a bit more palatable. We’ve commented before about budget preparation and this contribution is going to focus on some ways to assist you in structuring your budget preparation.
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Decision Action Event Threshold Part 2


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

You might recall in prior post we discussed the concept of the Decision Action Event Threshold (DATE). Check this out for a quick refresher course.
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Wrote Notes?


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I work with many senior leaders and am often amazed by their frustration at keeping track of all of their notes collected outside of their normal electronic environment. I usually coach them to follow a formula I’ve used successfully for years.
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Meeting Bleating


I was reminded last week, once more, that some individuals, who choose to run meetings, have no clue how to organize, manage an agenda and end on time with a satisfactory (at the least) outcome. As an independent consultant who charges for time spent on projects I am always conscious of what productive work is being done while I sit in a meeting (whether I am being paid or not).
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Executive Assistants run the Universe


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I have had the privilege of working with a number of excellent Executive Assistants (EA) who tried very diligently to keep me on the straight and narrow. From these folks I learned a great deal of how to make that relationship work. Most of the foundation of an Assistant’s success in managing with an executive comes from effective commitment management.
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Decision Action Threshold Event


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

Recently we were archiving some notes from a prior consulting engagement and having thumbed through the mounds of data and reports, that made up the effort, we stumbled across some statistical results that caused us to pause. Have you ever considered how to measure the effectiveness of a business in making and implementing decisions?
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Tasks To Go


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I’m a dedicated Outlook user and a follower of Getting Things Done (GTD). I routinely add tasks to my to-do list that have been collected while in meetings or on the road. It’s easy to do—you can use your PDA or mobile phone (that synchronizes with Outlook) but during those times when it’s either not convenient or there are a long list of tasks to add what do you do?
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