Friday, May 11, 2012

Connecting another business to social media

Yes, it is a lot of work.  No I cannot promise that it will create sales.  But can promise that working with social media will make you a better business owner.  Forces you to think about your customer.  That is critical to sales.

Preston O'Connor
The Knight Group

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Bet on Horses; Not on Races: Food for Thought

In my opinion, the essence of diversity.

Preston O'Connor
The Knight Group

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Food for Thought - April 2012


Bet on Horses; Not on Races



Dear Preston,


Food for Thought is our way of sharing interesting concepts on corporate leadership and management with others who might find it useful.  The thoughts offered are intended to be controversial and thought provoking.  They always follow our motto of helping develop logical leadership.


Last week we launched a new program called "Seven Secrets for Successful Leadership."  In this month's Food for Thought, we elaborate on one of those secrets: Bet on horses; not on races.


When filling an open position in your company, it is common to have a job description that describes the responsibilities and duties of the job, and the skills and competencies required to execute it.  We then recruit people that might have those qualifications, assess their fit for the job and fit with the company through a series of interviews, and choose the individual that seems best qualified for the described position.


Have you ever wondered why the job is fixed and why we try to find the right person to fill that job?  What if instead, you found the best person available in the marketplace at the time and explored how that individual could contribute to your company?  Might that individual restructure the job responsibilities based on the strengths they bring to the team?  Might the distribution of workload and responsibilities in your company be shifted and redefined because of that individual?  Would that be good for your company?


Undoubtedly, if the job is for a welding technician in a machine shop, the individual would need to be adept at welding.  But is competency in welding the definition of the job or merely a basic requirement for consideration?  If you define your basic requirements more narrowly, you can be broader in the people you consider.  You might then find people that bring the basic skill, but also a variety of other skills that you did not even know you could use.  Instead of finding people to fill specific jobs, consider defining jobs to suit the good people you have or finding good people that happen to be available in the marketplace.


It was this concept that motivated us to conduct the musical chair exercise for succession planning, described in Food for Thought May 2007.  What that exercise showed, was that hiring managers were specific in their job descriptions and narrowly focused on the candidates that they would consider.  Yet, when forced to interview any interested candidate, often with significantly different backgrounds, the hiring managers were amazed at the new and novel perspectives they brought forth to executing the job function.


Finally, in today's fast-paced world of business, the jobs that need to be done will change over time.  If you find a good person and structure their job to best suit the needs of the company and their unique abilities, you will be able to change with the needs adeptly.  Bet on horses, not on races. 


We have received many responses to our Food for Thought mailings, asking if you can freely share and forward these thoughts.  Indeed you can.  All we ask is that a clear attribution to LogiStyle and our contact information are included.  For the interested reader, we have archived some of our recent Food for Thought mailings at our website, and can be viewed at LogiStyle: Food for Thought Archive.  As always, we welcome your comments.  We hope your business is doing well.  If we can be of any assistance please feel free to call - even, if just to chat.


Best Regards,

Balaji Krishnamurthy

LogiStyle, LLC

310 SW 4th Ave., Suite 510

Portland, OR 97204

Office: (503) 789-1338

Cell: (503) 894-3880


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nothing Changes until Something Changes, SO TRUE

Please take a look at this link….forward as necessary.

Ready for a Change

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

If we all pass this along, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.  This is one idea that really should be passed around.

  Congressional Reform Act of 2011

  1. Term Limits.

  12 years only, one of the possible options below..

    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
  B. Six Two-year House terms
  C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

  2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

  A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

  3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

  All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

  4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

  5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

  6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

  7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

  8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

  The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

  Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

  If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.  Maybe it is time.

If you agree with the above, pass it on.   If not, just delete

  You are one of my 20+.  
Please keep it going.


Please notice - We've moved our offices

Preston O'Connor

The Knight Group, Inc.

Technical People with Excellent Business Skills

1004 S. Olde Oneida Street

Appleton, WI 54915

office:  920-968-5333

fax:     920-968-5308

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