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Management by fear and intimidation … it works

I just finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown, and in the book there’s a line that goes something like this: “Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus — and that’s fear.” It got stuck it in my head and caused me to think about how fear plays out in business. This definitely relates to the psychology of the individual investor and the stock market, which is alternatively driven by either greed or fear. (“I’m missing out and I’ve got to get in” when it has gone up or “I’ve got to get out” when it has gone down.) But it also made me think about fear and intimidation as a management strategy. Does it work?

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The key to communication: don't make assumptions

My favorite philosophy-type book is "The Four Agreements." It discusses four basic principles to live by, one being “don’t make assumptions.” I’m sure you’ve seen this happen in both work and in personal relationships; someone meaning no ill will make an assumption that then creates a misunderstanding. Due to the confusion, someone’s feelings end up being hurt, and it may even escalate into a major conflict. It happens all the time, including to me.

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How do you define success? Do you work to live or live to work?

I just got back from my first real cool-weather (44 degrees) bike ride of the year. I only go out if it’s above 40 degrees, and it made me think about how I define a successful bike ride. In the summer I usually judge it by my average speed, which I track on every ride. In the fall, once it gets fairly cold, I measure success by whether or not I dressed appropriately to not freeze while I am out. How one measures success can vary.

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Management — it’s so simple (if you apply the ‘nice-honest’ approach)

That’s right, it is simple ... but it’s not easy. I was reminded of that when I recently saw a best-seller list of top 10 business books. It included three I had read: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. These current best-sellers are all over 10 years old!

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Like Mick, ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ … because I’m focused on improvement

How is your year so far? If not so good, I’m confident you’re already working hard to make the rest of the year better. If good, then congratulations! However, don’t get too comfortable, because this blog’s for you.

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Corey Chambas has over 30 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is chairman of the board of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the board of the United Way of Dane County and the 2018 Campaign Chair.

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