Author name: Michael Hoffman

The End of the Road for Two of My Heroes

Two of my musical heroes passed away this fall.  First, my conducting mentor at Arizona State University, conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and former Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Henry Charles Smith; and most recently, the estimable lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim. Both were American intellectual and musical giants who significantly inspired me, both Renaissance men, and both nonagenarians at the time

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Pareto Principle

Looks can be deceiving, so we stick to tried and true Pareto

Looks can be deceiving, so we stick to tried and true Pareto.  My team (steeped in the 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle) came to me with this; Trello’s (new?) way of adding priorities to cards – and I have to say it looks very cool.  Unfortunately, this time Trello got it wrong. Looks can be deceiving.  Ok Trello fans, before you dismiss me

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Lacking Discipline? Get Values Cheerleaders

Lacking Discipline? Get Values Cheerleaders  I’ve been flying for over 50 years. How a plane defies gravity with its own massive weight along with the weight of passengers, baggage and freight is, for me, always mind-boggling. Every time I fly.  Core values of flight  An airplane is designed and constructed by teams of thousands of individuals meticulously following an explicitly detailed master plan. Each step enables it

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Dear M. Bernard Arnault, Leave Greta Thunberg Alone

Dear M. Bernard Arnault, Leave Greta Thunberg alone. Did you publicly criticize climate 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg for “surrendering to catastrophism”?  Really? I am so astounded by your comment, which I read moments ago in Forbes Magazine that I simply had to write to you and make sure that there was no error involved. Surely,

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A Simple Rule to Run Effective Meetings

A Simple Rule to Run Effective Meetings Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their useless meeting schedules. I’ll tackle the former in a future post. For now, I’d like to focus on increasing the value of

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Is Personal Coaching Exclusively for People with Problems?

Is Personal Coaching Exclusively for People with Problems? A potential client wrote me an email the other day. He explained that he had decided that he didn’t need personal coaching nor professional coaching. He said his business was going fine and he didn’t have any emotional issues to work out. His reasoning raised one of

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How to have a great work relationship with your boss? (Spare her the details)

How to have a great work relationship with your boss? (Spare her the details) One common complaint among leaders is that they feel bogged down by verbal details from direct reports.  For this reason, I have created a list of five tips for having a great work relationship and to provide direct reports with just

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