Unforeseen Consequences

I had a fascinating discussion with my son-in-law the other day.  He is transiting to a new job with a new employer and one requirement was to have a drug test.  He easily passed but he described the discussion he had with the person administering the test.  It appears […]

Learning Priorities

I’ve been reevaluating the activities I have been performing in light of my wife’s stroke.  It’s been just over two months since she woke up and saw two ceiling fans – we have only one in our bedroom.  Fortunately, it was a small stroke and she’s expected to make […]

Hillary’s Suit and Meredith’s Hair – Dealing with Biases

I was listening to my local radio morning show last week when the discussion got to the clothes that Hillary Clinton wears.  The consensus was that she dresses horribly – she’s a multimillionaire and could afford better clothes so why does she wear dumpy pant suits?  This brought to […]

Three Mistakes for Someone to Die

Back in the late 80’s I fortunate to have the opportunity of attending a submarine design class held by Harry Jackson, CAPT, USN Ret. – perhaps the foremost American submarine designer of the second half of the twentieth century. While I still remember many of the principles of submarine […]

Firing a Client or Bring Me a Rock

I finally had enough – I fired a client. After spending months carefully identifying requirements, presenting concepts, getting agreements on draft designs, and countless hours coding and editing content, I present the initial draft website to the organization’s board of directors only to be told by one director, “I […]

The VW Software Scandal Gets Bigger

The news today is that VW is in bigger trouble – their software evading of pollution testing appears to be not limited to their 6-cylinder diesels but also extends to the their 4-cylinder diesels. The company denies this but I suspect it’s true. Why?

First a little background. I have […]

Social Structure Influences Behavior

Most people believe they are capable of independent thought and action. But are they really? Doesn’t the social structure determine our behavior?

In Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War there’s a discussion of Pickett’s Charge – thousands of Confederate men lining up and charging straight at the Union forces on […]

The Beer Game

The Beer Game does not involve drinking beer – sorry if you’re disappointed.  The Beer Game is a business simulation developed by professors at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in the early 1960s to demonstrate a number of key principles of supply chain management.  It’s used by Peter Senge […]

Learning from Experience

Oscar Wilde was reported to have said, “Second marriages are proof of hope over experience.”  Peter Senge speaks of the illusion of learning from experience.  But so much of our education system and training is based on providing experience in order to facilitate learning.  So we must learn from […]

A Recipe for Boiled Frog

You likely have heard the parable of the boiled frog – if you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out.  If you put the frog in cold water and gradually heat the water to boiling, you will cook the frog.  It’s a metaphor for the need […]

Explanation for a 10-year old Girl

I’ve worked with a lot of women over the years – some were my bosses; others co-workers and some worked for me. Generally, I had good working relationships – to the point that I would often be the recipient of discourses on many topics that left me wanting to […]

5 Business Lessons I Learned in the US Navy

October 13th is the official birthday of the United States Navy. 239 years old as of today, the US Navy is the crucible that many persons have learned important lessons in leadership and life. While I rarely make a point of being a retired naval officer, today I want […]

The Model T or “Now Anyone Can Do It”

106 years ago today, the Ford Motor Company first offered the Model T for sale. The Model T wasn’t the first automobile – Nicolas Joseph Cugnot built a steam-powered “auto-mobile” in 1769 and Karl Benz the first gasoline powered automobile in 1886 – but the Model T was the […]

What Does Legalized Marijuana Mean for Employers & Businesses?

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA:  Now that pot is legal, what boundaries can I ensure are being respected?

At least in the states of Washington and Colorado, it is now […]

What’s More Important than Good SEO? Having Killer-Good Content

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: Can I actually depend on improving my website search result ranking by linking to my blog/articles/etc. rather than buying SEO?

A recent blog post by […]

Absolutely Do This Before You Open a New Business Location

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

When a company looks to open another branch or location, what are the most common pitfalls you see?

When making any significant change to a business […]

#SpokaneAMA Question: Connecting on the Internet

By Frank Hutchison

The question was: On LinkedIn (or any other site for that matter) when someone you don’t know asks for a connection, is it OK to ask the person why they are connecting?  Or is that in poor taste and you should simply ignore?
There’s a new game in […]

Spokane Ask Me Anything and #SpokaneAMA Question: YouTube Strikes

By Frank Hutchison
We held the very first (but not last) Spokane Ask Me Anything (#SpokaneAMA) at ITT Technological Institute on April 16th.  We had a blast and all the attendees said they wanted another one!  Well, you will!  We’ll announce the date, time and place when we have […]

Succession Planning and Buses

What has succession planning to do with buses you ask?  Everything!  Usually when someone is talking of succession planning they are talking about how a business will continue after the founder is no longer running the show either because of dead or disability.  And that’s very important.  But […]

Strategic Thinking- Everyone needs it!

The Yom Kippur War in 1973 was, in many ways, a continuation of the 1967 Six-Day War, as WWII was a continuation of WWI.  And, as with many wars, there are many lessons to be learned – assumptions lead to surprises, modern weaponry changes the landscape, and strategic […]