Timely Insights

  • DBR Direct . . .
This is the Drake Business Review in email format and it focuses on aspects of the human capital needs of organizations as you might expect.  What you may not expect is that it carries some stimulating articles, short and to the point and well worth the effort to subscribe.
The present issue, compiled by Anne Cameron Smith, a very talented editor, is a great example. Take a look and consider adding this periodical to your essential reading list

  • Profit Path – Making Strategy Work . . .
Speaking of good sources of fresh thinking, here’s another to whet your whistle – Jim Stewart’s newsletter, now in its 22nd issue. A warning, Jim is demanding and will expect you to contribute your best thinking too – no free rides!
He is developing a great forum for strategic thinking on LinkedIn as well and will gently, yet firmly, provoke and prod you to share your ideas with other business leaders – for mutual benefit and gain of course.
See for yourself

  • Temptation at Work . . .  
Among the many distractions that keep office employees from their work, surfing the web is arguably the most irresistible time-waster of all. In order to deal with that problem, many companies either prohibit Internet use during working hours, or closely monitor employees' web activity. This means workers must wait until they get home to get their daily YouTube fix. But does forbidding this distraction actually increase productivity? 
This controversial motivational issue is debated in the HBS Working Knowledge paper of the same name just published in March. Check it out, especially if you believe you already know the true impact of this insidious activity.

  • Quotable Quotes . . .
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." 
-- Michael Jordan

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror. We see only ourselves reflected in those around us. Their attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own. The whole world and its condition has its counter parts within us all. Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change." -- Kirsten Zambucka