Michael R. Yogg, Ph.D., CFA worked in the investment business from 1978 until 2012, the first eighteen years at Paul Cabot’s company, State Street Research & Management, as an analyst, research director, portfolio manager, and chief investment officer. He was later a managing director at Putnam Investments. Following graduation from Yale and navy service, he worked as a teaching fellow in history while earning his Ph.D. at Harvard. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife Joan.
The most successful people in the world share a common characteristic. What’s their secret? They look at the triumphs and tribulations of their lives as opportunities to learn and grow. They reflect on their personal moments to guide them along the way. And, they see the lessons in these moments as wisdom to share with others.
Each week, in her wildly popular weekly blog, “Thoughts for Tuesday,” bestselling business author and CEO coach Suzanne Bates has been doing just that – sharing everyday experiences and translating them into stories that inspire her readers. As a speaker, leadership coach, CEO, and former award-winning television news anchor, Suzanne has a unique lens through which she views life’s little moments. This anthology of Thoughts for Tuesday “fan favorites” will make you laugh, cry, and reflect. Suzanne shares compelling, inspirational, and sometimes humorous stories that will make you look back at your own personal experiences through a whole new lens.
This book supplies a simple, memorable, and effective formula to solve problematic behaviors in the work environment and life in general. An invaluable guidebook, it will help readers move beyond mediocrity and achieve happier, more successful lives.
This book offers readers something they can’t find in today’s most popular business books: a practical, tested perspective and strategic planning process that works for the legions of companies that don’t have the resources of an Apple, GE, or P&G. Readers will gain a deep understanding of what strategy and strategic planning is; why it’s critical to their organization and their own success; and how to create, implement and sustain a strategy that literally turns vision into reality.
Executive teams are searching for the magic elixir of success. The appeal of such alchemical magic is obvious. If a company’s managers do just this one simple thing, or follow this simple, easy plan, they too can enjoy profit margins and stock prices just like the “it” company of the moment.
The process of successfully growing an organization is like mixing chemicals together to create a reaction. Ask the typical executive to name the most valuable tool in the process of creating a chemical reaction, and they’ll offer such answers as the quantity of certain chemicals, the quality of the lab facility, the combination of two or more elements and so on. That’s because we tend to be so rooted in tactical thinking that we miss the larger equation.
The reality is that the most important tool in creating the desired chemical reaction – or growing a company – is the formula that describes its “big picture” results.
The primary formula for strategy is simple enough:
(What + Why + How) → The Future What do we want the company to look like in the future? Why do we want to look like that? How do we get there? (What + Why + How) = Strategy
This strategic planning approach derives from the author’s own alchemist-like professional search to find the magic formula for transforming the value of companies.
Remember the Lone Ranger? The legendary Masked Man fought evil and stood up for the little guy. But he was generally hated by the authorities. He didn’t fit their mold or play their games. He couldn’t be turned, bribed or stopped … so they treated him as an outlaw. That’s the position of small business owners and executives today. No longer seen as providers of opportunity, creators of jobs, makers of wealth; instead they are seen – at least by most in Washington and many in state capitals – as greedy oppressors of the “working class.” Someone to be jealous of, untrusting of, careful about, watched with a wary eye. And as a business owner or executive, you can either pay attorneys to get you out of the trouble that bureaucrats are just waiting to spring on you – or you can empower your Human Resources person to be the defensive walls in your castle and avoid the trouble in the first place. That one person – generally underappreciated – is the first bulwark of defense against the hostile hoards of bureaucrats eager to plunder your wealth. Jim Edholm is President of BBI Benefits, and he’s been working with entrepreneurial employers for over 30 years. For many of those years, as a group benefits (health, dental, disability, etc.) advisor he primarily focused on helping employers reduce the cost of their benefit programs. But over the last decade he’s seen the ever-encroaching reach of government bureaucracies, and he’s coupled his benefits work with services that empower the employer to help reduce turnover, enhance productivity, and allow the small HR department to have the depth of HR and compliance resources that their much larger competitors have. In this book, Jim reveals his secrets of how that smaller employer (10-150 employees) can fight back and gain the power necessary to prosper.