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  • A planned rally is lame; forge onward onto light
    3/27/2020 Tired of working for less money than you think you’re worth?
    Then march in to the boss’ office and demand at least, at the very least, a 10 percent raise.
    Tell them that you are not going to be taken advantage of anymore.
    Tell them that you are better than most of the clowns you work with.
    Tell them that you have paid your dues and it’s time for you to be paid back.
  • Give your business an overall check-up
    3/13/2020 Let’s talk about your business by talking a little bit about mine.
    Perhaps you’ve heard of my business? I work in the newspaper industry. You know, it’s the business that’s dying a slow, agonizing death. It’s the business that is sliding down the drain. It’s the business being bludgeoned to death by the Internet.
  • Use little humor at work to ‘lighten’ the load, mood
    2/28/2020 For the next few weeks we’ll share some oldies but goodies that, hopefully, give you cause to smile. As regular readers of this column know, management and work in general should not be all that serious all the time. Of course it should always be about moving forward and accomplishing goals. However, sometimes the best way to get there is to get people to relax a little – and humor can be a big help.
  • You don’t want to turn into a weather forecaster
    2/21/2020 Not too long ago, it was a Thursday I think, TV weather people started sounding the alarm . . . snow, freezing rain, wind, ice. You know the drill.
    Schedules started going in the toilet. Schools, businesses, churches, everyone started canceling. Milk and bread disappeared from the grocery store shelves faster than a brownie on my kitchen counter . . . you know the drill.
  • Don't 'expand' comfort zone, blow it up
    2/14/2020 A friend of mine started her own company a few years ago. We met at an executive management seminar at Northwestern University and you could tell, she just had a lot going for her. Over the years we’ve lost touch, but I still remember an e-mail she sent to help promote her new gig.
  • Take lesson from Nancy Pelosi
    2/7/2020 I am hesitant to bring up politics when it comes to a management column. It’s not that I mind having a political discussion – I actually enjoy those. But the issue is that some people are so narrow-minded that they can’t get past the point of view expressed, so they never get to the lesson.
    I know you are all better than that.
    Did you watch the State of the Union speech earlier this week? Whether you like the president or not, you probably noticed the actions coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
  • Fighting way past negativity
    1/31/2020 As I may have mentioned once or 12 times, I’m a nerd. Ask my wife or daughters, and they’ll back that up. Quickly.
    I tend to read lots of management books and articles. When I do sit down to watch TV, I usually end up on The Learning Channel, Discovery or one of those channels. To be totally honest, I’m very sure that five decades ago my parents would’ve been absolutely delighted if I had enjoyed learning this much, but unfortunately for them, that particular passion didn’t strike until way past the end of school.
  • The sky was the limit
    1/23/2020 Smithsonian Magazine, which by the way, is one of my favorite reads, had an article a few years back that looked at the year 1908.
    It was an exciting time. America was the land of infinite possibilities. It would seem the only thing that held anyone back was the reach of their imagination.
  • Ready . . . fire . . . aim
    1/17/2020 My grandfather was a farmer. He farmed in Boone and Clinton counties. Some of the land he tended was owned by a rather well-known Wabash College alum, Allen Saunders. Saunders was one of a group of Wabash men and artists known as the Sugar Crick Boys. His most recognizable work was probably the cartoon Mary Worth, but he also created cartoon strips Steve Roper and Kerry Drake.
  • Hammer says Democrats are opening door for retaliation
    1/8/2020 There must be a million songs written about Saturday. From Jukebox Saturday Night that Glenn Miller and his boys did so well to Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night and the Sandpipers Come Saturday Morning to Chicago’s Saturday in the Park . . . sensing a theme here?
    Yeah, Saturdays are the best.
    Back in the day it usually meant a softball tourney with my favorite softball team of all time, the old Boswell Photos gang. Later, it meant swim meets and the opportunity to watch daughters in the pool. Waaay back when, it was fishing with dad and grandpaw.
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