Semi-retired consultant, active college instructor, author (6 books for HRD Press in 2007-8), regular contributor to the Cincom "ExpertAccess" business e-zine. I hold one of the early doctorates in Human Resource Development, lectured extensively on project management on an international circuit, worked with clients to install systems, and was heavily involved in civil rights, supervisory, and management training. Came to Lithuania in 1998 as a volunteer, and never left. I live in Vilnius in a former monastery, heat with wood (by choice), and love cooking for friends. Living in Europe is special everyday!
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Sh*t City Chronicles: Tales of Pain, Passion, and Civil Wrongs in America's Recent Past
America is confronting the legacy of anger and hatred from the recent past. Citizens see illusions of unlimited futures against the reality that the social order needed to support those possibilities is fracturing. Probably things have always been as they are now revealed to be -- most of us just didn't notice. These memories mark the times when today's facts began to form. Sadly, fear reigns!
Bull Feather Chronicles: Conversations with an Intuitive Manager
This book features a retired USAF Master Sergeant, now a U.S. State Department embassy administrator. He oversees everything necessary for the Embassy to conduct diplomatic, political, and economic missions, working with U.S. and locally-engaged staff. His management style produces award-winning results by leading people to new levels of individual and group performance. You can learn a lot here!
An Overview of Organizational Culture: Finding the Hidden Key to Successful Change
Culture is the stuff that makes behavior predictable. Like fish being the last to discover water, people often attempt to change work processes and routines without first examining the culture that holds existing patterns in place. Failure happens! Anywhere people congregate, cultures exist and resist change. The issues discussed here provide insights to enhance your success in managing change.`
In the Company of Heroes: Life-Shaping People, Life-Changing Moments
If you were lucky, mentors showed up to guide you through life's challenging times. You owe your heroes and need to pass their favors along to others. You're invited to meet 15 exceptional people who shaped my life. Most are no longer with us, so this book is part of my pay-back. I hope it will prompt you to remember the heroes in your life, and to keep those gifts alive by sharing them.
Creating a Project Management System: A Guide to Intelligent Use of Resources
Much can be done in the conduct of routine work to get the most from project management. This book explains what and how. The "system" is a way of thinking and working that leads to excellence. A common-sense strategy for operational improvement, it requires a little bit of headwork and a lot of discipline, but little actual cost. If you measure $, this book is a winner! Buy it, try it, win big!
How To Plan Work and Schedule Resources
Plan your work and work your plan! Right? No way! "They" change their minds and specs. Why waste time on plans soon to be obsolete? Besides, imprecise plans let us avoid blame. But without plans, there can't be realistic budgets or schedules, no way to refine estimating and bidding for new work, and no way to optimize resource use. Plans are the heart of serious management. How serious are you?
Managing to Make a Difference: Discovering Employees as Colleagues
No manager succeeds without the support of co-workers, but the culture of many work places casts workers as "sub-ordinates" -- people of a lower class. How can employees support management if they are treated as "less than" by managers? Until they are involved as peers and colleagues, employees' great pool of talents will be withheld. Can your company afford those losses? Discover the better way!
Building Effective Work Groups
Why groups, not teams? Because teams are always rooted in authority, usually competitive, and really hard to keep in productive activity all day every day. Likewise, team building is entertaining more than educational, producing questionable ROI. But working on the work people do, helping them to be more effective and interdependent, pays big dividends for individuals and employers. Check it out!
Customer Service is Critical: A Manager's Primer
This book was begun 20 years ago, and shaped by interviews with two world-class hoteliers. They are among the finest managers I've ever met. In the intervening years, I've found that their ideas about management and what managers do are fundamental, no matter what your job or industry, and absolutely essential for providing professional customer service. Reading it will be well worth your time.
Twelve Keys to Management Success: Becoming an Intuitive Manager
Mostly, management is about people skills, getting support (and even appreciation!) from those whose work you oversee. An intuitive manager "knows" the right things to say and do -- reflex actions that keep work moving and build rapport by creating success for co-workers. You already know most of this -- it's just about getting it organized. These 12 keys lead you to become the best of the rest!
The World's Shortest Management Course
Fat books and academic over-writing suggest that only the college-educated can be managers. NOT! What does it really take to lead a group to great performance? Here's the answer, based on observations of 100s of top managers, doing things that mirror the textbooks, but making it look simple -- and human! You can do this stuff. You can be a star manager, and your people will love you. Seriously!
Managing Projects: The Master Skill Set
No matter what work you do, your value will be enhanced if you can manage projects -- a skill set every employer is looking for. Here are the essential steps in managing projects -- mostly things you already know how to do! What's required? The discipline to attend to a lot of details ... easily done if you think ahead. You CAN be a project manager! No bull, no joke! This book shows you how.
Developing Your Human Resources
Every employee has potential to become more effective and productive. Developing that potential is an organizational choice and challenge. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it should be intentional, the result of a managerial philosophy, and can be the key to retaining the best employees. The author's doctorate is in Human Resource Development, and the approach he offers really works!