Archive for February, 2011


Ditch the Flipcharts

Next to Powerpoint slides, flipcharts seem to be in every business meeting. Sometimes, they are simply a presentation tool. But when the purpose of the meeting is to create and organize ideas, the flipcharts fall short. Storyboarding, a method borrowed from Walt Disney, can do much better. Let me share a couple of experiences to […]

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Sacrifice Precision for Relevance and Accuracy

I value information that is accurate and relevant. Accurate information is free from mistakes or errors, it is correct. Relevant information satisfies the needs of decision makers. Perhaps this is why my background includes training in accounting. But I’ve since blended this accounting background with systems development and a lot of management experience.

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Cashflow or Business Financing – Which Comes First?

I received a telephone call today from a salesman. Normally, I would have cut the call short. But, today, I was out getting some exercise. Since it was light exercise and I wasn’t breathing hard, I decided to listen to his presentation.

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Grasping for Profit

Some years ago as a young cost accountant, I was sitting in a meeting when the Vice-President of Sales announced that we needed to establish a multi-million dollar reserve and exit one of our major product lines. Of course, this came as quite a shock.

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Sometimes You Just Have To Have Some Fun

Sometimes you just have to step back and have some fun. Better yet, have some fun all the time. Employees are much more productive if they’re happy and enjoy their jobs. Too many businesses tell their employees to, in effect, “Check your brain at the door” when they come to work. Some fun and good […]

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Stop Arguing About Practical Capacity

A few years ago, I participated in a research group to study capacity. At first, we spent a lot of time trying to define what seemed to be basic capacity terminology such as “Theoretical” capacity and “Practical” capacity. The discussion went this way and that way depending on the power of the last presentation. We […]

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