What Does the World’s Most Successful Investor Want?

What Does the World’s Most Successful Investor Want?

When making an acquisition, what does Warren Buffett, widely considered the world’s most successful investor, want? Consider the following true story: (We left out the CEO’s name because he told us the story, but we didn’t think to ask him if we could use...
Does Management Style Really Matter?

Does Management Style Really Matter?

A famous case study shows the answer to an oft-asked question, “Does management style and competence really make a difference in the workplace?” The answer is a resounding “yes”. One corroborating case study is that of NUMMI, the joint partnership between GM and...
Don’t Forget Project Communications

Don’t Forget Project Communications

Anyone in business for more than a few weeks usually concludes that communication is at the root of most employee, project, or even decision-making problems. One tip: when doing a project plan, don’t forget project communications. We often develop elegant Work...
Been There: Done That!

Been There: Done That!

I get it. I understand. I have been there. I have been right where you are; struggling with your new role as a leader in your company. Early in my utility career, I was an engineer thrust into leadership. I was leading a team of engineers on a significant...
What To Do When Your Career is Being Eaten By Weevils

What To Do When Your Career is Being Eaten By Weevils

In Enterprise, Alabama, in 1915, a tragic event took place. The cotton crop, which was the mainstay of economic stability for many in the area, failed. An infestation of boll weevils destroyed the livelihood of the community. This led one entrepreneur farmer to plant...
What Is Business Acumen & Why Do You Need It?

What Is Business Acumen & Why Do You Need It?

Business acumen is a buzz word you hear all the time. “He has great business acumen.” “Build me a team full of people with business acumen!” “That young employee needs to learn some business acumen.” So what is business acumen and why do you need it? The word acumen...