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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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As a writer, I value the editors in my life. They find my errors, recognize when I need to clarify, and push me to be better. An excellent editor approaches the task without self-involvement or ego – she seeks excellence … Continue reading

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What’s your Network IQ? If you’re an entrepreneur, then you know what it’s like to receive unsolicited advice. Your family, customers, friends, vendors, and the guy next to you in the grocery store line are all willing to offer you … 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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Help is a funny thing. We often – in fact, almost always at some level – need it. But we don’t always get it. Is that because the universe is unkind? No. It’s because we only get help when we … 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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People avoid leadership responsibility for many different reasons. Perhaps the most powerful reason is that true leadership involves the most humbling personal sacrifice. Continue reading

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Without the support of wild growth based on expansion, we must return to offering things of inherent, comparative value. Relationships are once again essential to business success. Relationships within the business, and relationships with the customers, vendors, and communities the business depends on. But has our understanding of relationship become superficial? Continue reading

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Though cost-based accounting methods can be credited with advancing organizational ability to dissect operating processes and analyze where change might be most beneficial, cost accounting also has a downside. The very process of apportioning costs applies component-based to thinking to system-wide problems. Does this mean that cost allocations are bad and should not be done? Definitely not! (though I have discovered that this topic has a strange knack for bringing out the argumentative extremist in far too many businessmen). The solution is to recognize that component-based thinking creates a certain type of bias, and that bias can be offset by approaching the same problem (or, ideally, set of problems) with system-based thinking. Here’s an example of an actual problem Continue reading

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