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6 August 2013 0 Comments

Your Link in the Value Chain

Part 2 of 2 in a Series on Good Value Since Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter first used the concept of Value Chain* it served as a framework to help business leaders understand how specific activities can combine in unique ways to create value. Organizations that can maximize and sustain that differentiation can maintain a [...]

26 June 2013 0 Comments

One Man’s Trash…

Part 1 of 2 in a Series on Good Value The median income in my neighborhood is about $33,000; Unemployment is at least double that of the rest of Minneapolis; Roughly one child out of every eight lives in poverty. So it is not surprising to see my neighbors seeking every opportunity to “make a [...]

20 April 2011 0 Comments

Running on Empty?

My friend was distraught, growing more anxious with every turn. He was grateful for the ride from the airport, but concerned about the gas gauge indicator, which looked as if it had passed “E” sometime last week.  It didn’t help that the surroundings were unfamiliar and that the driver appeared unconcerned (or unaware) of their [...]

28 November 2009 1 Comment

1 – 1 = 1

No, it’s not some kind of new math, but it is a challenge to those who think life is a zero sum game.  When following our natural tendency, I think they are right.  But I also believe there is a better way to act that almost always produces more. A great illustration of this principle [...]

14 November 2009 4 Comments

Buttoned Up

Do your best; look your best. Pretty basic stuff, right? So you can imagine my chagrin to look in the mid-morning mirror and see my button-down collar unbuttoned! Then I started to recount the day: Up at 5:30, catch the 6:15 into downtown, then the skyway, the coffee shop, the guard’s desk, the elevator, three [...]