Category Archives: Balance

And Now for Some Fun!

I realize many of my blog posts include serious topics, and several of you have wondered: “Harry, what have you been doing for fun?” So, here we go: A short post about “something fun but sad,” “something fun and fantastic,” and “something fun and surprising!” Something Fun but Sad I had the opportunity to see my Chicago Cubs play the

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It’s Time to Take a Stand

I usually avoid getting into political discussions because the extreme partisan positions of many people make it almost impossible to have a truly BALANCED discussion. Values-based leaders truly need to understand all sides of the story. I strongly believe the words of St. Francis who taught us to “seek to understand before we are understood.” However, since I spend so

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Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Just Seeking to Understand Before I am Understood

I always focus on my second principle of BALANCE when discussing any issue…..that is “take the time to understand all sides of the issue,” or as St. Francis stated, “Seek to understand before you are understood.”  As a result, when I am having a debate with someone, I try to never say, “I don’t understand” because that seems ignorant.  I

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Happy New Year 2018!

Since it wasn’t cold enough in Chicago, the “Kraemer Gang” (as usual) drove up to Minnesota to spend Christmas with all of our Jansen and Kraemer relatives — always a fantastic time! Luckily, the day after Christmas, as the Minnesota temperature descended to negative 10 degrees (that doesn’t include wind chill), we all flew down to Sarasota — resulting in

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Remember Thy Customer

As the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar company and a business school professor at Northwestern Kellogg, I definitely understand the concepts of efficiency and economies of scale. I also realize the benefit of leveraging operating expenses and improving the operating margin. Yup, that all makes sense. However, as two recent incidents reminded me yet again, too many businesses take

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The Lifeline

I have yet to meet the person whose life is a forever happy, straight line with an uninterrupted positive slope upward from birth to death. After all, life tends to be an assortment of highs (graduating from school, getting a good job, maybe getting married, having children, getting promoted, etc.) and lows (losing a job, the death of a friend, etc.).

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