Business Archives - Amie Devero

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It Won’t Turn Out for the Best

August 31, 2020
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We are optimistic about lots of things –our innovation, our economy, the pandemic and even our own, personal futures. Norman Vincent Peale caused a revolution of optimism with his 1952 blockbuster The Power of Positive Thinking –emphatic that thinking optimistically would bring about good outcomes.
No time […]

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Stop Firefighting and Solve the System

August 17, 2020
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In middle age, most of us eventually need glasses to read the small print. When it finally happened to me, I bought two pairs of reading glasses, one for home and one for away.  Unfortunately, the glasses seemed never to be where I needed them. If I was […]

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Great Managers Are Made Not Born (redux)

June 21, 2020
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In our business culture, we do a peculiar thing. We take people who are extraordinary at their jobs and then give them new jobs for which they have never been trained and in which they have no expertise. That’s crazy. And maybe you suspect that I have […]

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Pandemic Pivot

May 11, 2020
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In the middle of an economic catastrophe, you and your business are facing challenges and obstacles you never expected.

To be honest, while I am incredibly sad and pained by the suffering happening right now there is also a perpetual current of excitement pulsing through me. That excitement […]

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Stop and Build a Strategy

March 2, 2020
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It’s not unusual for a company once to have created a business plan, and then to assume that the necessary work of strategic planning has been done. Maybe there is an annual “strategy session” during which annual goals get set. This happens in both start-ups and […]

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How Can I Get Motivated?

January 15, 2020
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How are your nearly brand new 2020 goals going? Are you still super-pumped and a fixture in the gym 24-7, or madly doing company process reinvention to stoke revenue and profit this year? Most people find that even this early in the year, the bloom may […]

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Videos: Talking Strategy and Strategic Planning!

December 16, 2019
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As we near the end of the year, I thought I would share with you a long video conversation about strategy and strategic planning. Francis Wade (my former consulting partner and dear friend) and I took the time to explore our shared approach to strategic planning in a […]

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Great Managers are NOT Born, They’re Made

August 26, 2019
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In business, we regularly promote our best and brightest performers to positions in which they have absolutely no expertise, experience or knowledge. Yes, we do. Not only that, we expect them to perform brilliantly although they have received no instruction, training, practice or correction.

“Nonsense” you say. “People […]

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