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The Landry Principle

Guest post by Doug Stilwell, originally featured as a post at  https://sites.google.com/site/dcintrial2/.    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Doug. Landry I am the proud owner/friend of a one year old 75 pound golden retriever named Landry, affectionately named after the former and well-respected coach of the Dallas Cowboys football team, Tom Landry […]

“Nailed it.” A lesson in overcoming project complexity

Guest post by Lori Fry, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. When your project shows signs of trouble, go basic first. It was Benjamin Franklin and not 70’s musician Todd Rundgren who first admonished us to pay attention to the basics or be willing to […]

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Post by Bill Bellows Long before Adele and Lady Gaga spoke their first words, The Beatles and The Beach Boys were music industry leaders in the US and UK, as well as worldwide airwave competitors.   While neither group may have heard of Alfred Politz, a pioneer in the field of market research, they would have […]

Tis the season….for performance appraisals

Post by Bill Bellows Some years ago, I read an article on performance appraisals and was inspired to contact the columnist in response to their invitation for feedback.    While I did not receive a reply, here is my feedback, which may inspire others to seize a moment in the coming months (or years) to […]

Deming’s Principles of Professional Practice

This post is an excerpt from Ed Baker’s book (pages 104-105), The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, which was created in partnership with Aileron.org. About Aileron At Aileron, we fervently believe privately held business fuels free enterprise and raises the quality of life for us all. As businesses move beyond the start-up phase, a systematic approach to your […]

Book Review – Profit Beyond Measure

Post by Bill Bellows H. Thomas (“Tom”) Johnson stands at the forefront of a world-wide community of business thinkers who are unveiling the limitations, as well as assumptions, of the old economics that underlie the mechanistic decision making and planning practices of corporations and organizations. Upon co-authoring his 2001 book, Profit Beyond Measure, (with Anders […]

Post-Harvey Restoration: Consider a Deming-Based Approach

Guest post by Lori Fry, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori.   The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be felt for years. AccuWeather has reported the cost of recovery efforts will exceed $290 billion. That’s BILLION. With a “b.”   And that’s […]

Management by Extremes

Post by Bill Bellows In the spirit of standardization that is growing in popularity in organizations around the world, is there room for diversity?   That is, is variety really the spice of life, or does it represent a non-value added effort, if not simply waste?    In other words, should variation always be reduced to zero?   […]

Are you a systems thinker?

Post by Bill Bellows A few decades before The Big Bang Theory introduced television audiences to fictional theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, with guest appearances by Stephen Hawking, astronomer Carl Sagan was one of the most well-known non-fictional US physicists.   Amongst Sagan’s research interests was the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, including the odds of finding it […]

The Transformed Map of a Recovering Management Accountant

This post is an excerpt from Ed Baker’s book (pages 140-141), The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, which was created in partnership with Aileron.org. About Aileron At Aileron, we fervently believe privately held business fuels free enterprise and raises the quality of life for us all. As businesses move beyond the start-up phase, a systematic approach to your […]