Author Archives: John Persico

Innovation, Quality and Beauty

An Interview with Antonio Stradivari Imagine building something almost entirely out of wood and glue. Your employees work on it for several months and you add the finishing touches. You sell it and go on to build several more models. Each model is hand made using primitive woodworking tools. The purpose of each product is to produce musical notes. You ...

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Can there really be an Effective Organization?

Why the answer may be no. by John Persico Warren Bennis once said that a leader does the right things while a manager does things right. One could extend this to mean that you must have both efficiency and effectiveness in an organization. The real question is whether or not it is possible for an organization to be both efficient ...

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Why do so many great businesses fail?

Lets Take Another Look by John Persico A few years ago, I started thinking about all of the “mistakes” that management and organizations have made.  There are several books dealing with the subject and various companies, leaders and managers are noted for the blunders they have made in decision making.  For instance, out of the top ten mergers undertaken in ...

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Do You Really Need a Mission Statement?

We have all been told countless times that a “mission statement” is critical to the success of an organization. I am sure you have heard that “if you don’t know where you are going, any direction will do.” However, the evidence and research shows that many successful companies do not have either a business plan or a mission statement. How ...

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