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Entries for month: April 2013

Joe Thornton: Creating a Positive Mood

April 25, 2013 ·

Many managers believe that emotions have no place in business. As a practicing manager, and a scientist, I was always taught that emotions are bad and that they play havoc with our decisions. That is, we should be making logical decisions based on facts and facts alone. The reality of the workplace makes this something that is impossible to achieve. Since ignoring our emotions does not work, the problem needs to be considered as how do we make our emotions and the emotions of others work for us in business. We have all heard that people do better when they are happy, so then we should be striving to create happy work places. But how do we do that.

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Solange Charas: Threats to Board Stability – Understanding Director Behavior

April 25, 2013 ·

For the past 25 years, I have been advising Boards and Top Management Teams, and having served on both public and private for-profit Boards, it did not escape me that each Board has its own characteristic, rhythm, social construct and level of effectiveness.  Boards are a mystery to most people (directors and researchers alike) especially as it concerns the questions of what makes a board good versus bad, active versus passive, engaged versus indifferent. 

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Dave Jones: Is the DM Worth the Price?

April 25, 2013 ·

Twenty two thousand five hundred dollars times 6 semesters is a lot of money for a terminal degree in management.  $135,000, plus expenses; plus lost time; lost experiences with family and colleagues; lost opportunities to pursue other ventures; emotional stress and strain and much more.  The value is almost immeasurable.  But I tried, anyway. 

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Tags: DM Reflections