The Common Sense Guy

Monday, November 20, 2006

Be Everywhere, Do Everything, Astonish the Customer

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US. Besides a day to give thanks for all of the blessings life has sent my way, Thanksgiving has always meant three things to me– football, turkey and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We have a new Macy’s in Denver. Actually, Macy’s is just extending is Macy’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

USA Today 2006 All USA Teacher Team

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I find a lot of topics in the newspaper – especially USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. When I see an article that I might want to blog about, I clip it. About a month ago, (October 19) I clipped an article from USA Today... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Use Your Common Sense -- Communicate Your Strategy

I saw an amazing piece in today’s USA Today. It was in the lower left corner of the front page of the business section called USA Today Snapshots. Here’s the exact quote. "Most employers don’t share company strategy – Of the companies with a formal strategy in place, 70% describe their performance... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Motivating Mediocre Performers

I subscribe to Kevin Eikenberry’s Power Quotes Plus. I love the quotes and the provocative questions that accompany them that Kevin asks. I also get Kevin’s newsletter. The other day, I found a great article written by Kevin entitled I Just Wish they'd... Seven Keys to Helping Mediocre Performers.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Great Leadership Tips

The November 2006 issue of The Motivational Manager has an interesting article entitled Do You Have What It Takes to be a Great Leader? It was adapted from an article on high performance leadership by Brian Ward on the Affinity Consulting web site. According to Mr. Ward, great leaders possess the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Audacity of Hope

As this is a business and leadership blog, I am intentionally apolitical in what I post here. However, I’ve just finished reading Senator Barack Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope. I liked the book’s title (and the book, for that matter) very much, and decided that I would do a post using it as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Innovate Purposefully

All organizations need to innovate. Without innovation, organizations stagnate and die. Today, I’d like to discuss an interesting idea about innovation – Innovate Purposefully. I picked up this idea in Gary Harpst’s great book Six Disciplines for Excellence. Mr. Harpst suggests five innovation... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

My Career Booklet Got a Great Review!!!

I got a nice surprise in my e mail in box this morning – a link to a review of one of my Common Sense Tips Booklets: 101 Common Sense Ideas for Building a Great Career. The review appeared on Reader Views, and was written by Richard Blake. Mr. blake gave the booklet five stars (out of five). Read on... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Encourage and Explain

I read a piece in the November 2006 issue of Executive Leadership about Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. When Ms. Ash was seven years old, she was at home caring for her father who was suffering from tuberculosis. One day, he decided that he wanted potato soup. Most seven year olds, Ms.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Common Sense Book Tops Charts

A while back, I did a post on Bob Prosen’s book Kiss Theory Goodbye. I liked the book a lot. Apparently, so do a lot of other people. Last Friday (November 3), Kiss Theory Goodbye became the number 1 selling business and investment book on, beating out other great books like Donald... Sign in to see full entry.

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