Category Archives: Build a Culture

Presco Fresco!

A story about Snakes and Ladders Tom arrives at the office at 7:45AM, five days a week, Monday though Friday.  Tom leaves the office between 6:00PM and 7:00PM, five days a week.  On Saturdays Tom comes to the office at … Continue reading

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Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 2 of 2)

Previously on Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing… I’m going out to seek my fortune!  That’s what Nikolas told his parents as he left the relative safety and conformity of his carefully selected college preparatory school.  His parents were shocked … Continue reading

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Rippling

A friend died recently.  It was really a fluke that we met at all, let alone became friends. I got her name because of a pick-up sticks-like jumble of intersecting acquaintances and business relationships.  We lived in different cities, so … Continue reading

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Scrooge 15 Years after the Graveyard

For Immediate Release: Announcing an International Media Event:  Sir Ebenezer Scrooge interviewed by Sir David Frost (the spirit of). London – December 23, 2014 – The Financial Times has arranged for the ghost of Sir David Frost, OBE to conduct … Continue reading

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Motivating With Numbers? or You Get What You Expect Parts 2 & 3

(See Part 1 May 30, 2014 blog entry) What follows are two dialogues between the same two people about the same subject. I have chosen to present today’s story using this format because goals are good, and goals beget goal … Continue reading

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You get what you Expect

The problem is? The problem is that he’s lazy. Really? Yes really…. Wait a minute, how do you know he’s lazy? I just know!  I have to keep on him, to push him. Push him? Push him yes! You know, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Nordstrom

or “Right in Front of your Eyes” Photo from Nordstrom’s blog Men’s Shop Daily “Get it Custom: Made to Measure Suiting” 2013 Mar 5 I went to buy a suit (this was thirty years ago).  I needed a dark, conservative, … Continue reading

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James the Great (Abuser)

Not a happy story…  Here he is! Crossing toward center stage, a spotlight struggling to keep up, he takes long energetic strides, long strides for a short man, long for a short plump Seville Row be-suited man, an older, plump … Continue reading

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Why Exactly Are We Doing This?

One day, about thirty-five years ago, the following happened at our seven year old computer services business.  At the time, we employed 75 people, working out of two floors of an old office building in downtown Seattle.  We were successful, … Continue reading

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The First Week of the New Year: Get Yourself Ready for Tomorrow

The new year finds me writing a piece about the entrepreneur’s journey, a kind of parable.  It’s turning out to be a longer piece than I originally intended.  But as I write this parable, and as I remember and relate … Continue reading

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