Cupcake beats bacon (beats cupcake)

2010 was a momentous year as cupcake finally overtook bacon, winning all the internets, as measured by Google Trends (chart here). The reign of the cupcake appears to have come to an end with the bursting of “the cupcake bubble”, as evidenced by this Wall Street Journal article on the sliding value of the publicly traded…

When the Bell Curve turns into a Hourglass…

The Harvard Business Review says about JCPenney what I said awhile ago about Sears.  There is increasingly no middle market; retail efforts are going to have to focus on the top or the bottom.  I would not expect this trend to stay isolated within the retail industry.  The bulging bubble of the boomer middle class is giving…

Self-Appraisal and Performance Review Season

It’s “self-appraisal” and “performance review” season. You should have kept a folder, spreadsheet or text file of your ‘greatest hits’. If not, search your email for “can you”, “did you”, “thank you”, or “you’re welcomes”. Those anecdotes are there, if you look for them.

Four more Cs.

I came across a report from the American Management Association (download it as a PDF here) regarding 4 Cs you need to think about with regards to your workforce: •Critical thinking and problem solving—the ability to make decisions,solve problems, and take action as appropriate •Effective communication—the ability to synthesize and transmit your ideas both in written and…

All Aboard!!!

Here at the University things don’t stop just because most of the students go home.  Classes are very much in session, and we also change from being a not-for-profit educational institution to a not-for-non-profit conference operation during the summer months.  We are currently in the midst of designing the training for our summer student staff.…