Ethical lapses continue at astounding rates in all aspects of daily lives. Ethics are lacking in political discussions, media reporting, religious organizations, use of electronic devices, etc. It is imperative that ethical behavior becomes the norm as opposed to the exceptions. A lack of ethics throughout our everyday lives will only perpetuate the negative atmosphere that is so prevalent. If you organization needs ethics training, invite Jim to discuss practical examples of ethics vioulations and practical application of ethics processes.
Jim Lindell and Thorsten Consulting Group help improve you , your people and your organization. Jim helps people to their next level of success by providing practical training, useful coaching, and pragmatic consulting. Bring Jim in for your next Keynote Speech, your next seminar, to Coach you or your employees, your next Corporate Retreat or your next special project.
Thorsten Consciousness Tool
If you have followed my site and blog in the past, you know that I am interested in creativity and methods to increase the creative thought process. I made an interesting html page which is based on the Twitter post search feature and entitled it the "Thorsten Consciousness Tool". The concept is fairly simple. If you watch a series of discussions that are of interest to you, the following will happen: very quickly you will see an article, a concept, or a link that will further advance your understanding of the topic. Will there be garbage? Of course - it wouldn't be the internet without it. I have used this technique on a regular basis and am constantly expanding my knowledge of the particular subjects that appeal to me. Check it out - I think you will find it useful Thorsten Consciousness Tool.
Do you have an Executive Coach?
Do executives need executive coaching?
Consider how our business models take a divergent path in contrast to professional football teams (which by the way are business models and are driven by the same goals of acheivement and excellence.)
Pro football players have multiple coaches. In addition, they practice the entire week and then play (perform) 3 hours in the game. In work settings, employees "play" 40 hours per week and rarely are given the opportunity to practice (receive training).
Would you like to experience an executive coaching session? Call Jim for a complimentary session to see if executive coaching is for you. If you run your own business or are responsible for a business operation, TEC is an excellent resource. TEC helps executives make better leaders, decisions and results. Call Jim to attend a TEC meeting and receive a complimentary executive coaching session to see if TEC can help you make it to the next level.
Check out some free tools
- Economic Charts
- Are you considering Open Source Software to cut down on your IT costs? Check out our comments on OpenSource.
- Visit Jim's Blog (Thor's Hammer)for practical business and economic observations.
- If you are familiar with the Z-Score bankruptcy predictor, Jim has just uploaded 3 different versions of the Z-Score. Please check for your "business health"
How are you doing with the Recession or Green Shoots Recovery?
(March 2011) Despite the NBERs proclamation that the recession ended in June of 2009, the general public still beleives that we are in a recession. The concern today is government deficits, underfunded pensions and the potential for runaway inflation. The global economy remains uncertain and has significant outside pressures impacting a future recovery. There are:
- Continued Wars
- New Wars - Libya
- Japan Earthquake and resulting Nuclear power plant uncertainties
Prudence and caution are still the watchwords.
(Sept. 2009) We continue to hear how things are improving. My bet is still on difficult times. I do not see us recovering in the near future. My concern is how you survive the current recession and position your company to move forward. If we do not turn the corner (and there are many reasons why this could be the case) remain in a defensive position with emphasis on protection of cash. Should we turn the corner, be prepared to jump on the opportunity. However, I would prefer to be late to the party on this turnaround as opposed to being early and then caught in another, more severe downturn.
What have you done to protect your business?
- Keep in constant contact with your customers, suppliers and bankers (yes your bankers - no surprises!)
- Preserve cash
- Reduce debt
- Look for opportunities for acquisitions over the next 6-18 months (www.bizbuysell.com)
If you haven't taken any steps to prepare, talk to your advisers and map out your strategy!
How are your employees doing with the Recession?
Be sure to take the time to help employees cope with the stress of the recession. Remember,
- They are afraid
- They do not know what your plans as the owner are
- They probably feel out of control with the entire situation - especially with continued employment
- If you have never been good at "hand holding" now is the time to improve on that skill set.
[09/30/2008] The AICPA has released video versions and self study courses for the "Controller's Annual Update" as well as "Minimizing the Effects of a Recession on your Business". Both are courses that Jim authored for the AICPA. They can be purchased at https://www.cpa2biz.com/
View the closing comments from the Recession video.
The skills, talents and time of the following folks made the videos possible (From L to R: Jim Lindell, Frank Ryan, Ron Rael, Eric Wukitsch)