One Persistent Person, Innovation and Change

This is the story of how one persistant person overcame the conventional wisdom and groupthink in his organization to create one of the greatest household products ever produced. It all started in in April, 1931, when Robert Duncan, an engineer with Procter & Gamble, visited some plants on the European continent.  He was scouting to see […]
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Are Good Ideas Always Good for Business?

Great ideas pop up at the most interesting time…in the shower, driving in the car, during a morning run. They always pop up when we are relaxed and don’t have our daily pressures on our mind…this is a good thing. This is how new and interesting ideas develop. The question however is…when do you know […]
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A Short Team Lesson from 2×4’s

The construction industry is fascinating to me – from forests to lumber mills and on to the design and building of structures.   In the Northwest, most of the large, easily accessible trees have already been cut.  This leaves a huge problem for both the lumber mill and the construction industry.  How does one get timber […]
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Defying the Laws of Groupthink

There are teams…and then there are teams. Each of us knows the challenges and struggles that are inherent in forming a team to do something, whether on the playing field, in a manufacturing facility, or in the corporate headquarters. That’s why my antenna goes up whenever I hear an executive declare, “We need to put […]
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Raison D’être

The foundation of an organization is its reason for existence, its raison d’être. Since an organization consists of people working together for a common purpose, without purpose, there is no organization. And yet there are those who disparage efforts at crafting an inspiring statement of organizational mission as fluffy stuff. Yet others will ensure there […]
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