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  • Snow, Snow, and More Snow

    By Harry Howe on February 7, 2014
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      With all the snow we’ve had, it’s hard not to think about snow. As one meeting after the other has been cancelled, postponed, or conducted online, I’ve been reflecting on our overabundance of snow. In particular, I’ve been thinking about abundance vs. scarcity, supply vs. demand, and commoditization vs. differentiation. This reminds me of a fitting proverb: “Like the […]
  • The Brutal Truth about New Year’s Resolutions

    By Harry Howe on January 3, 2014
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    The blogosphere is currently replete with the obligatory advice on making New Year’s resolutions stick. This will not be typical of most. Rather, I intend to administer some tough love. Here is the brutal truth: there is no app, 3-step process, or silver bullet for making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. There is no chocolate cake diet, no device you […]
  • Birthdays

    By Harry Howe on November 14, 2013
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    In November, several of my family members are celebrating birthdays – including me! Tuesday was my grandson’s 11th birthday and he got up early to make the most of his special day. As we get older, birthdays take on different significance. I’m reminded of the special events in the life of an organization that deserve recognition on a regular basis […]
  • Leadership Lessons from the American Frontier

    By Harry Howe on September 23, 2013
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    It was a treat to hear Condoleezza Rice give the keynote address at M-Tech on Friday. Afterwards, I went across the street to the Eiteljorg Museum to see the Quest for the West Art Show. It had been a long day and I didn’t plan to stay long, but I was quickly captivated by several artists’ paintings. In particular, one […]
  • The Art of Consulting

    By Harry Howe on September 18, 2013
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    I’ve been reflecting on a blog post this week on the HBR Blog Network by Ed Batista entitled Don’t Inflict Help, Provide It. The author identifies several ways that a helping hand can miss the mark: the wrong timing, too much help, or the wrong help. As I consider “help” in the context of consulting, most of the failures I’ve […]
  • Tomato Economics

    By Harry Howe on August 28, 2013
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    It’s that time of year again when friends and neighbors are desperately giving away their bountiful crop of home grown tomatoes before they take over their entire kitchen. How is it that just weeks ago we would have paid a precious price for a delicious home grown tomato? Yet now we politely refuse yet one more gift of produce. The […]
  • Why I recommend games to my clients

    By Harry Howe on July 3, 2013
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    Lately I’ve been recommending Lumosity to many of my clients and they are reporting tangible benefits. I’ve been using it myself for five months after a demo by my friend and colleague Doug Theis and I’m sold. I’ll let you explore it online for yourself. Here is why I frequently recommend it to my clients. 1. Many of the required […]
  • Time To Get Comfortable With The New Normal

    By Harry Howe on April 12, 2013
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    One of the things that strikes me as I interact with businessmen and women in our community is the degree of wishful thinking that is going on. Though I’m an optimist by nature, I categorize this hope and expectation that our business climate will return to the way it once was as wishful thinking. It time to get comfortable with […]