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From my earliest days as a business leader, I understood that a business had to have a clear, unified purpose in order to be successful. It was drilled into me – in school, by business thought leaders, by my Boards … Continue reading

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Look in a thesaurus for synonyms for integrity and you get a lot of stuffy, judgy words. Probity and rectitude on the mildly gross end, virtue and purity on the annoying end. So as you might imagine, it’s hard to … Continue reading

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If you go online and search for information on business ethics, you’ll find a few interesting things. The first thing you’ll notice is that the people doing the most thinking about ethics in business happen to live and work in … Continue reading

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When it comes to survival, innovation, and evolutionary improvement, no business theorist has anything on Mother Nature. Her success record running the business of Earth is quite undeniable. Even as her most destructive creatures grow increasingly effective at polluting and … Continue reading

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Why Character Matters in Small Business I love going through my daughter’s mail. Oh, I wouldn’t go through it without her! But her mail still comes to my house (that’s another story – she has had her own place for … Continue reading

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Thoughts on avoiding knock-off designer jewelry for custom jewelers The subject of whose idea was it anyway is a sore one in the world of jewelry design. Designers throw their life savings and energy into creating a jewelry line, and … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I even have to say this, but . . . Now that the election is over and we are all moving forward with our lives, I just have to call out one form of business owner behavior … Continue reading

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It takes a certain amount of ego to start a business, own a business, take a job as the president or CEO of a business – a healthy ego is a prerequisite to a lot of success stories. But what … Continue reading

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Any conversation about religion, politics, or divisive social issues between employer and employee can become a form of abuse due to the imbalance of power and the implied threat of job stability to the subordinate. If you want to maintain a creative and harmonious workplace, leave the proselytizing at home. Continue reading

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I’m a big fan of consultants, and not just because I launched a consulting firm this year. I’ve hired consultants often throughout my years as a chief executive at several large firms, and have found their assistance to be invaluable. … Continue reading

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