I often speak to executives about how the obsolete and ineffective Annual Performance Appraisal has outlived its usefulness. And yet, I still receive pushback from their HR professionals who believe that trimming the bushes of this dead plant will somehow … Continue reading
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I wrote in past articles how the odds of a business surviving two or more generations are statistically very low. However, in Borden-Carlton, PEI we have a thriving business that is now on its third generation. In fact, The Guardian wrote … Continue reading
As many of you are aware, this past summer I have been writing about a diversity of entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island (PEI). What I have discovered is that we have some of the most brilliant and hardworking business owners … Continue reading
According to Forbes Magazine, less than one third of family businesses survive the transition from first to second generation ownership. Another 50% do not survive the transition from second to third generation. That means only 12% of family owned businesses make it to the third generation.
Last week, I was talking to a business owner who said that hiring the right people continues to be one of his greatest challenges. In my experience, most businesses wait too long to fill a vacancy, then hire too quickly. … Continue reading
In many of my seminars I speak about the importance of using power to get things done. But first let me say, all power is good, yet power can be bad. It is the utility of power that makes it … Continue reading
The Dalai Lama commented that what surprises him the most is: So many people sacrifice their health in order to gain money. Then later in life sacrifice their money to regain their health.
Recently, Barbara Mayhew commented in a blog about the P.E.I. WCB ruling that awarded benefits to a widow after her husband’s death was linked to workplace bullying and harassment.
I popped into Anna’s Country Kitchen in Crapaud, Prince Edward Island which is one of my favorite eating places, for lunch this past week.
I know I have discussed this in earlier blog postings, but now I see evidence that more and more companies are abolishing the Annual Performance Evaluation (APE).
I am sure many of you have been noticing that PEI is now catching up with the rest of the world and installing more traffic circles or “roundabouts.” I highly commend this move. These efficient, traffic movers have been used … Continue reading
Being an entrepreneur is not the glamorous life some people believe it is. Many people only see the end result of someone who has paid the price and made it. They are not aware of the stress, the risk, the … Continue reading
Years ago I asked a young relative what he wanted to do after he completed his education. His response was: “I want to own my own business”. “That’s great,” I said. “But why?”
At a morning business meeting with my colleague Mike Cassidy, we were reminiscing about how hard it is to find time to connect. We discussed how the latest technologies are causing many of us to work seven days a week. … Continue reading
After reading my last article, my niece Belinda Campbell Roth remarked: “Conflict is a result of the most important diversity – diversity of thought. Without diversity of thought, creativity is stifled. When we realize conflict isn’t innately negative, and we … Continue reading