Bob MacDonald on Business

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Bureaucracy Can’t Be Eliminated—But It Can Be Beaten

August 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments






The very intransigence that gives bureaucracy its power is also the weakness that allows it to be circumvented. Bureaucracy is presented as a benign way to bring order out of chaos, but often that is just a subterfuge for a variety of darker objectives. A key goal of bureaucracy is to enable those who have done things […]






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“Copycats” Validate the Value and Need for Real Leaders

August 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments






You know you are on the right path when those who most vociferously opposed your ideas and actions begin to echo and copy them. We live in a political and business world dedicated to making “being different” difficult. This is human nature because we humans tend to function with a herd mentality, believing consistency and […]






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What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

August 16th, 2015 · 10 Comments






Communication is essential to leadership and failure to communicate dooms any effort. We all know the famous line, “What we’ve got here is . . . failure to communicate,” spoken by the prison warden (Strother Martin) in the 1967 Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke. Almost 50 years later the line is even more poignant […]






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