Business Control

(This is an excerpt from,  Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less.) Several years ago we had problems with two Centratel employees. The first one’s work was very good, but he failed a random drug test. The second one’s work quality was also exceptional, but she violated our computer privacy […]

This post, on the surface and in the details, is specific to employers. But the fundamentals are absolutely germane to employees or anyone who operates a one-person show. In fact, the more important message is the illustration of the “work the system” approach to any work-related task. Presuming the leader can provide a terrific work situation, the next challenge is to find good people […]

Photo by egor.gribanov This is the first part of a two part series. For this topic I started to write a brand new post and then realized my best analysis is right out of the book. So, here it is, modified a bit so it conforms to the expected comportment of a blog post. Note […]

Part 2 of a 2 part series In Part 1 of this series on employee drug testing, I suggested that a manager/business owner should ask this question: Notwithstanding all the positive attributes that contribute toward the success of my enterprise, am I sabotaging myself elsewhere?

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series I am beginning a series of posts on business and work and this two-part drug testing series is a very good place to start. Why? This is counter-intuitive: Drug testing is not “the secret of our success” but it’s the most important reason we are not failing. There’s […]

The systems insight arrived because I was under enormous mental and physical pressure. Until that late-night revelation, my strategy was to approach life with a bulldog, damn-the-torpedoes, pound-the moles, I’m-so-damn-clever persona. It was a toxic brew of arrogance and ignorance—perhaps the most noxious combination of negative human traits. The seething chaos had reared up and […]