Category Archives: Business Commentary

Forced

Concept in Organizational Behaviour of forced ranking of personnel. Originating from Jack Welch, identified by Fortune magazine in 1999 as “manager of the century”. He describes the technique in his memoir with a telling title: Jack: Straight From the Gut. … Continue reading

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Uneasy Money

Easy money You say I fool myself But better me than someone else Brokered mortgages. When there is no income, but equity. When there is not enough income, but equity. When there is no equity, but anticipated income. When there … Continue reading

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Back to Front

My ex-wife recently attended a major reunion of students of the former Edenview School in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. People who hadn’t seen each other in fifty years or so. Growing up in farms around the hamlet. Asked my ex-wife who … Continue reading

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Contracting The Clean

Why are so many office cleaners on contract? Security issues in many contexts, plus loyalty to organization issues. Once thought that a card reader scam had originated via cleaners at a particular bank branch, since rarely used the card elsewhere. … Continue reading

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When do we know…

…the egocentric likes to feel part of a team of conspirators against “the others”. This often ends up with one team being pitted against another. It is very difficult for such managers to deal with themselves and for subordinates to … Continue reading

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52

In March of this year, Loblaws announced that it would build 50 new stores and renovate 100 more, at a cost of $1.2 billion, in 2015. In July, Loblaws announced that it would close 52 “consistently unprofitable” stores over the … Continue reading

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Ghost of Commerce

When an instructor at Concordia University, 1987-1992, did not venture out into the city much. Felt it was unfair to family, to develop any sort of social life, while away. So stayed around the Guy Metro Building and, later, around … Continue reading

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