Management Archives - Page 6 of 8 - Amie Devero

Bigger May Not Be Better

March 18, 2016
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In my practice, I talk to a fair number of founders of small and medium size businesses that have reached levels of size, revenue and scale that the owners themselves could never have anticipated when they first started. The progression from one-man shop to 2000 employee company […]

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Be a Mad Scientist

March 14, 2016
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If you think back to your seventh grade science fair project maybe you will recall the color of your poster-board, the Kodak or Polaroid pictures you taped to it, and the hand-written captions that went under each photo to combine into a (hopefully) award winning project […]

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Don’t Be Too Optimistic!

March 3, 2016
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There is a very interesting innate human psychological tendency toward optimism.  In fact, as humans, we tend not only to be optimistic, but overly optimistic, even in the face of countervailing evidence.  That irrational optimism is called the “optimism bias” and it is extremely well-documented in experimental […]

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Where There’s Friction

February 23, 2016
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Anyone who has ever worked with machines knows that friction between moving parts is to be avoided at all costs — unless you trying to start a fire with two pieces of wood. Even then, it’s an ineffective method of lighting things. The same principle applies everywhere we […]

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Diagnosis without Treatment

February 19, 2016
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We spend a lot of time as consultants and coaches observing how things are, whether they work and what is broken. This isn’t just a consultant’s pastime, it is also a favorite past time of most human beings — not to mention,  politicians. We are all […]

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Self-Delusion

February 15, 2016
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There’s a curious phenomenon in social psychology, one well-illustrated by the experience of mentalists — magicians who appear on stage a create the illusion of clairvoyance.  If you have ever seen one of these masters work, they are very convincing.  Their illusion is made all the more […]

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Put on Your Thinking Cap

January 19, 2016
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Most people arrive at their desks and the only thing scheduled in their calendars are meetings; that is, places to put their bodies.  If you are slightly more evolved in the management of your time and productivity, then along with meetings, you also have scheduled actions like writing […]

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Elevating Others Makes Them Better

January 15, 2016
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Are there people in your team or life who are coasting?  I think we all have experienced this principle, that a few folks on a team do most of thew work while a larger percentage do what seems like the bare minimum to get by.  The challenge for […]

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