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Kent Blumberg
Interests: travel, learning, reading, photography, new zealand, asia, manufacturing, leadership, dog rescue.
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My first PhD course is on data collection and analysis in organizations, taught by Dr. Reid Bates. The course covers the use of interviews, focus groups, and surveys in order to drive organizational decisions and actions. This is different from the sort of data collection methods used in social science... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Doctoral Journey
My PhD research must be grounded in those who have gone before me. A full chapter of the PhD dissertation will be devoted to an annotated literature search. I want to begin work on that now, and continue (pretty much forever). I'm using EndNote to keep track of journal articles.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Doctoral Journey
In January 2012 I began course work on a PhD in Human Resource and Leadership Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). I expect to complete my course work by the end of 2014, and my dissertation in 2015. The purpose of this blog is to capture what I'm learning in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Doctoral Journey
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Sometimes life gets too busy and I can't make it to a Monday evening meeting. But whenever I can, I'm going to hop in the car at 6:40 pm and head to the meeting of GSU Baton Rouge Toastmasters. I keep coming back for ten reasons. For the same ten reasons, you should consider visiting your local Toastmasters club. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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My business is built on referrals. That's pretty much the only way clients find me. I have a website, and this blog, but both serve more to build credibility than they do to attract new clients. Word of mouth is it for me. And I am convinced that the way to build that word of mouth is by helping others - my referral sources - build their businesses. That's why I don't need a referral fee. In fact, a fee would be deter me from giving referrals to you. Here's why Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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Not long ago I gave you nine reasons you might want to fire a client. In this post, we'll explore how to do that - how to pink-slip a bad client. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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Not every client is your ideal client. In fact, some clients are downright toxic. They sap your energy, undermine your brand, waste your time, keep you too busy to take on better clients, send your staff running for the hills and send you running for the Valium. In spite of the revenue toxic clients may bring in, I can think of at least nine reasons to fire them. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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Chester Reed retired from the US Postal Service at the age of 95, still loving his work. Do you love your work? The post provides a few suggestions for finding work you love. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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Who is a great client for you? I'm not talking traditional market segmentation here. Rather, the question is, "What client behaviors do you love, and which do you hate?" Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
I grew up learning the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, treat other people the way you want to be treated. Sounds like a great suggestion for managers, doesn’t it?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Kent Blumberg
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Mar 15, 2010
Lui, It is constantly surprising and exciting how things seem to happen just when they should, isn't it? Kent
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Sandhya, Thanks for the comment. I agree that once I figured out how to serve others, my calling became much more clear. Kent
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Brian, Great idea! Will you be cinematographer? Kent
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Thanks for the link, Mike! Kent
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Thanks Paul!
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Erin and Igor, Thanks for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed it. Kent
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Mike and Joan, Thanks! Joan-good catch. This quick and interesting set of responses might just goad me to post more! Kent
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2009 on Don't wait! at Kent Blumberg
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Larry, Roj, Frode and Karin, Thanks for dropping by! I haven't posted in a long time, so it is a real pleasure to see a few friends still at the party! Have a great week, Kent
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2009 on Don't wait! at Kent Blumberg
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Alternative #8: Checkout Jim Vacuolo's Life Designer tool at http://jimvuocolo.com/special-new-years-gifts/
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True enough!
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Karin- Happy New Year to you, too! I hear you on alt#1. My favorite is #4.
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Thanks for the shout-out Mike! Looking forward to seeing your writing in the new community.
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Dave makes a good point. Given that decisions are often required before full data are in, it's pretty important, I think, to be aware of our tendencies toward optimism, and make contingency plans. And as Nickerson shows, we need to be sure to watch for new data after we have made our decision, and judge whether or not those new data require a change in direction.
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Steve's short article at the designdirectory link is a nice summary of the approach.
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