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Jerry Ervin
San Francisco, CA
Jerry Ervin is President and founder of Paragon Strategies.
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If you need to make an argument about an issue about which you feel very strongly, don't use rhetoric. Tell a story instead. For a recent example, think of how Representative Keith Ellison spoke to the press before hearings convened... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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My wife Eleanor and I were visiting some friends on a Saturday when their nine-year-old daughter, Dana*, came home. She was close to tears, barely holding it together. "Oh sweetie," her mom said. "What happened at the swim meet?" Dana... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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In the fall, I wrote a series of posts on the moral concerns raised by the financial crisis and how a business ethics course might address them. MBAs, I said, should not be expected to memorize a subjective list of... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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One of the more vexing problems most managers face every day is how to get involved in the work of their people without doing the work themselves or micromanaging those doing it. You can resolve this challenge with the same... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
"Your head is for having ideas not holding them. Dumping everthing out into a list can have signifcant effect". Dave Allen Have a Brain dump list and then build your To-Do List from there. Register today for It's About Time... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
Every important decision inevitably involves a trade-off. Knowing what you can't pursue is as valuable as articulating what you will. But how do you know which trade-offs are acceptable and which are losing propositions? Here are three ways to help... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
‘JT & Dale Talk Jobs’ is the largest nationally syndicated career advice column in the country and can be found at JTandDale.com. Dear J.T. & Dale: I’m having the roughest hiring experience of my 26 years of life! I’ve worked... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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Town halls, all hands, skip level meetings, the list goes on. Anyone who works in a corporate environment has experienced them. And the more senior you become, the more you bear the responsibility of using these vehicles to cascade information... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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A four-step approach for determining which type of coaching is most suitable given the situation. Article | Wed, 05/18/2011 - 00:00 We are presently in the midst of a full-scale coaching boom. According to recent research, books on the topic... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
Most of us would like to have just a little more time: how much more you could get done if you had just an extra hour or two a day? While I can’t magically transport you to Bajor, where they... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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Silicon Valley culture is built around great pivots — a sudden shift in strategy that turns a mediocre idea into a billion-dollar company. Groupon began not as a local coupon business, but as a platform for collective action. Pay Pal... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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The word micromanagement itself has one of the most negative connotations in all of business management. “He’s a micromanager” is essentially the same as, “He is driving me crazy,” Micromanagement is generally defined as exercising excessive control of a project... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
Hello there, I want to thank everyone who has donated up to this point. I'm excited that the last leg of the journy is happening as well as training, sort of. :-) I'm Riding to End AIDS "It's in giving... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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So you've made it to management. Congratulations! Are you sure you know what you have gotten yourself into? A quote from the management guru Peter Drucker provides some insight into what goes wrong, "Most of what we call management consists... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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It's About Time & Priority Management Class Professionals today are constantly on the move. Conflicting priorities, time pressures and bottlenecks can produce an abundance of stress. This is the seminar for the busy manager, supervisor, administrator or salesperson who juggles... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
Too often new collaborative technologies — though intended to connect employees seamlessly and enable work to get done more efficiently — are misused in ways that impede innovation and hurt performance. Age-old wisdom suggests it is not what but whom... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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As politicians and economists puzzle over America's jobless recovery, managers who have started to hire again face another problem: how to handle all the overqualified candidates coming through their doors. The prevailing wisdom is to avoid such applicants. But the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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By Eve Tahmincioglu msnbc.com contributor Bert Martinez, CEO of a business-training firm in Houston, has decided to blow away the five-day workweek for himself and his staff of 28. Starting next month the entire company is going to work for... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
Saying "No" It can be done! Too many times in work and life situations, we agree to projects and "opportunities" and then end up crunched for time, resenting the "asker" and angry with ourselves. Have you ever avoided an RSVP... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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Have you ever observed an interaction between two people who speak different languages? Oftentimes, they speak louder and louder as the conversation progresses — unconsciously hoping that turning up the volume will cause the other person to eventually get the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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How do you prevent procrastination? By doing it NOW, as soon as you remember it and as soon as you reach the item in your to-do list. Do not give yourself any excuse or reason why it has to wait... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren't sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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When my wife Eleanor was a little girl, maybe nine or ten years old, she needed new shoes. So she told her mother and they agreed to go shoe shopping the following Saturday morning. But when Saturday rolled around, Eleanor's... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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I had gone to bed at midnight. It was now two in the morning. I was still awake, stressed thinking about my book, which — ironically — is about happiness. Trying to unwind, I opened my laptop and started watching... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES
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I recently had a conversation with Franc D’ Ambrosio, the actor and singer who was awarded the title of the “Worlds Longest Running Phantom” (Phantom of the Opera). Franc says that a great performance before the live, ticket-paying audience is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at PARAGON STRATEGIES