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Using Culture as a Competitive Weapon

This is a copy of the article appearing in the Portsmouth Herald 5/7/2012 (see here):

© 2012 Brad Lebo – brad.lebo@vitalgrowthllc.com © 2012 Don Sweet – don.sweet@vitalgrowthllc.com

If we view the marketplace as a battlefield where organizations fight for customers, then an organization’s culture can be its most important weapon. This is because a [...]

Five People Challenges to Master

This is a copy of the article appearing in the Portsmouth Herald 4/2/2012 (see here):

I’ve come to rely on “top-five” lists for just about everything. Perhaps too much. On the other hand, the top five of anything doesn’t completely overwhelm my ability to keep all of them in mind. Like with juggling, five [...]

Human Capital, aka People, Investment

by Dr. Donald N. Sweet

Human Capital investment is stressed in an HBR article this March by Thomas Kochan.  As you know, human capital is “multinational speak” for employees, fellow workers, teammates and friends.  Therein lies one of our smaller privately held companies’ advantages: we see human capital as people.  People with families, likes, [...]

Vital Growth Newspaper Column on Leadership

See here for a Portsmouth Herald Business Monday column on Leadership.

Complexity Can Kill Competitiveness

by Dr. Donald N. Sweet

Harvard Business Review’s March issue has a special report about reinventing America’s competitiveness.  Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin argue that a nation’s competitiveness hinges on its long run productivity.  Productivity is defined as the value of goods and services produced per unit of human, capital and natural resources.

A [...]

Jim Collins and Brad Pitt

by Dr. Donald N. Sweet

What can business owners and CEOs learn from Moneyball?

The recent movie Moneyball has a number of examples for business owners and CEOs.  First and foremost, there are times when we need to redefine how we do business.  Sometimes long time employees can’t see that need.  New ways of [...]

Vital Growth Newspaper Column on the Importance of Self-Awareness

See here for a Portsmouth Herald Business Monday column on the Importance of Self-awareness.

Vital Growth Newspaper Column on Retaining Key Employees

See here for Portsmouth Herald Business Monday column on Retaining Key Employees.

Vital Growth Newspaper Column on the Great Recession

See here for an article on the relationship between a depressed economy and a depressed public by Brad Lebo, Ph. D.

Vital Growth Newspaper Column on Facing Uncertainty

See here for an article on facing uncertainty (economic or strategic) in your business by Brad Lebo, Ph. D.