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Failure, Luck, and Hard Work

Jan 01, 2019 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments Tags: luck, success

When I see successful people, I see failure, hard work, and lots of luck. Especially the sensitivity to know when to exploit the luck.

Record, Create, Help

Dec 30, 2018 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments Tags: Creating

All of us are creative, responding to new situations, spitting out new ideas every day.

Old Rules, New Behaviors

Dec 27, 2018 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Business, Management 0 comments Tags: CapEx, Finance, GAAP, OpEx

Sometimes old rules help promote new behaviors.

Punch Drunk

Dec 26, 2018 by Barc Category: World 0 comments Tags: Deception, Magic

used to really be into magic when I was a kid. At one of my birthday parties, I put on a rented tux, assembled a bunch of tricks on a card table, pulled a stuffed rabbit out of my felt top hat, pretended to cut off my finger, and other fun things. I wasn’t very […]

Catch Someone

Dec 25, 2018 by Barc Category: Management, People Management 0 comments Tags: cleaning, habit

Catching someone doing something well that they enjoy doing—often without even getting paid to do it—is the kismet of a good manager.

All Games Get Boring

Dec 22, 2018 by Barc Category: Leadership, People Management 0 comments Tags: games, motivation

’ve become more and more intrigued with gaming theory lately, particularly how it applies to motivating people. I don’t know all of the complex math and psychology behind gaming theory (yet), but as a very basic metaphor for motivation, I get it. It’s never a great idea to be your employee’s psychotherapist (even if you […]

Who Knows?

Dec 13, 2018 by Barc Category: Management, People Management 0 comments Tags: health, hiring, inclusion

The manager of one of our stores slacked off this summer. We’re not sure why. It could have been personal issues, disinterest in the job, dislike of the people who work for him, or their dislike of him. Who knows? Whatever, he lost focus. Schedules and time sheets went unfinished and merchandise never got unpacked. […]

I Smooshed a Squirrel

I smooshed a squirrel while moving the BBQ grill yesterday. I didn’t know he was hiding under there when I started to move it. But then I heard him squeal. I guess he fell out of the oak tree above it and, waiting to clear his head before re-ascending, was hiding, traumatized. It was traumatic […]

Pursuing a Hope

Nov 27, 2018 by Barc Category: Business, Leadership 0 comments Tags: dreams, politicians

My dad was a politician, first an Ohio State Representative (48th District, northwest side of Columbus), then Speaker Pro Tem (he raised the gavel when the actual Speaker was out), then sat on the Court of Appeals (in Ohio, an elected, non-partisan seat), then was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ohio by Jim Rhodes, […]

Jump the Net. I’m Ready.

Nov 16, 2018 by Barc Category: Management, People Management 0 comments Tags: feedback

There’s an approach for giving feedback out there that says you should only talk about what you feel and observe, and not assume or imply the other person’s intentions. A tennis metaphor is used: “Don’t jump the net,” meaning, when giving feedback, say what you see, not what you think the other person’s motivation was. […]

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