Home Depot

The book, The Founders Mentality by Chris Zook and James Allen, talks in chapter two about three predictable crisis of growth. A key one that affected Home Depot, and I believe affects many large organizations, is Stall-Out: The Crisis of Low or Slowing Growth. Home Depot, or more specifically the previous CEO Frank Blake, is featured in the book for how he tapped into the power of the founder’s mentality to launch a series of initiatives that focused on renewing bonds with front-line employees and the customer. I would like to share some insights I gleaned from this book and other sources, and share how we can leverage this learning and wisdom to help our organizations grow and prosper. Continue reading Home Depot

Check Engine

Many of us treat our spouses like our automobiles. We wait until the red light on the dashboard lights up before we pay attention to the slowly building problems. Some of us, like me, ignore the light until serious work is needed to repair the issues. Preventative maintenance can help avoid emergencies in our marriage, and with our car, but many of us simply don’t think about it. Continue reading Check Engine