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Jack Welch – On Differentiation: Or, making winners out of everyone

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JackWelchOn Differentiation by Jack Welch

If there is one of my values that pushes buttons, it is differentiation.

Some people love the idea; they swear by it, run their companies with it,and will tell you it is at the very root of their success. Other people hate it. They call it mean, harsh, impractical, demotivating, political,unfair—or all of the above.

Obviously, I am a huge fan of differentiation. I have seen it transform companies from mediocre to outstanding, and it is as morally sound as a management system can be. It works.

Companies win when their managers make a clear and meaningful distinction between top- and bottom-performing businesses and people, when they cultivate the strong and cull the weak.

Companies suffer when every business and person is treated equally and bets are sprinkled all around like rain on the ocean.

UNDERNEATH IT ALL

A company only has so much money. Winning leaders invest where the payback is the highest. When all is said and done, differentiation is just resource allocation, which is what good leaders do and, in fact, is one of the chief jobs they are paid to do. A company has only so much money and managerial time. Winning leaders invest where the payback is the highest.   They cut their losses everywhere else.

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October 31, 2009 at 5:26 am

NearFEST VI Part III October 2009 Hamfest Deerfield, NH

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Another video by Burt Fisher K1OIK.
An interview with a contester and radio remembered

While watching the latter part of the video one might get the idea that ham radio is at the end of an era.
Check it out for yourself

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October 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

Wrapping your mind around SWR – the perfect match

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swr-reflected-forwardLast night I was listening to a couple of guys try to wrap their minds around SWR.  Very interesting.

New hams are seemingly after “the perfect match”.  An antenna tuner will make your radio happy but it provides no improvement to the natural resonance of the antenna nor the line losses of the transmission line.

And really, is a 2:1 or 3:1 match really that bad?  At a 3:1 match (depending on line loss) with a 100W transmitter you may only lose 20 watts in reflected power.  What is the difference between 100 Watts and 80 Watts at the receiving station?

On a modern radio, 1 S-Unit is 6DB.  A doubling of power is 3 DB.  So, to move an S-Meter at a receiving station 1 S-Unit one would need to quadruple the power.  So, given this, your 3:1 SWR taking your 100 W down to 80 W is not going to make any detectable difference – as long as your tuner keeps your solid-state rig happy by fooling it into thinking SWR is 1:1

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October 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Learn Morse Code the Military Way

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From the treasure trove of You Tube – historical army training film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNLlaE56I6Q

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October 27, 2009 at 1:32 am

Jack Welch on Candor – It just unnerves people… the biggest change for the better

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Jack Welch,  former CEO of General Electric

JackWelchI have always been a huge proponent of candor. In fact, I talked it up to GE audiences for more than twenty years. But since retiring from GE, I have come to realize that I underestimated its rarity. In fact, I would call lack of candor the biggest dirty little secret in business.

What a huge problem it is. Lack of candor basically blocks smart ideas, fast action, and good people contributing all the stuff they’ve got. It’s a killer.

When you’ve got candor—and you’ll never completely get it,mind you—everything just operates faster and better.

Now, when I say “lack of candor” here, I’m not talking about malevolent dishonesty. I am talking about how too many people—too often—instinctively don’t express themselves with frankness.

They don’t communicate straightforwardly or put forth ideas looking to stimulate real debate. They just don’t open up. Instead they withhold comments or criticism.

They keep their mouths shut in order to make people feel better or to avoid conflict, and they sugarcoat bad news in order to maintain appearances. They keep things to themselves, hoarding information.

That’s all lack of candor, and it’s absolutely damaging.

And yet, lack of candor permeates almost every aspect of business.

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October 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

Halloween – Watch (ONLINE) these Movies that were so bad they’re good

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Full length movies that are so bad, they’re good
http://www.amctv.com/videos/b-movies/

Don’t forget to watch the classic “Dark Star” in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section

The Prisioner from the 1960’s starring Patrick McGoohan
16 full length episodes
http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner-1960s-video/

Plus many more in the categories of Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Crime/Thriller on the same site.

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October 23, 2009 at 1:35 am

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Halloween – Watch (ONLINE) these Movies that were so bad they’re good

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Full length movies that are so bad, they’re good
http://www.amctv.com/videos/b-movies/

Don’t forget to watch the classic “Dark Star” in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section

The Prisioner from the 1960’s starring Patrick McGoohan
16 full length episodes
http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner-1960s-video/

Plus many more in the categories of Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Crime/Thriller on the same site.

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October 23, 2009 at 1:33 am

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