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Social networks as the new leadership?

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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks… Continue Reading Social networks as the new leadership?

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by Jonah Lehrer, c.2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The painting you hung on the wall near your desk relaxes you. Looking at it reminds you of a happy memory, and you wonder how the artist managed to create such a vivid emotion with colored goo. It’s pretty amazing, and it makes you wish you could paint like… Continue Reading Book review: “Imagine: How Creativity Works”

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The most rewarding part of owning a consulting firm has been helping business owners improve their companies and see tangible results. On the other hand, the hardest part has been meeting someone who had allowed problems to progress to the point that their business was in desperate trouble. In many cases, it was questionable whether… Continue Reading Don’t ignore your business’ danger signs — get help!

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Getting the kinks out

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Imagine a nice piece of lumber — strong and dry, ready to be of service in any construction project. It’s strong, and it will be strong every day. Good ol’ reliable lumber. Now cut that lumber on an angle and add a bracing plate. It’s still strong, but it’s not as strong. Now replace the… Continue Reading Getting the kinks out

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Entrepreneurs have the courage and ability to seek out, identify and capitalize on opportunities. At the same time, of course, entrepreneurship is not easy. It comes with assorted challenges, like staying focused on the customer, finding the right employees, keeping costs under control, innovating, gaining access to necessary credit and capital, and dealing with government.… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that works, Part II: Crowdfunding

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Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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Warren Buffett is super-rich, one of our American billionaires who is ready to exit stage left. As he’s planning to depart, he has given the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the responsibility of disposing of his billions for good causes. Delegating is an art, not a science, and Buffett seems to be masterful at finding… Continue Reading Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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I was recently in a client’s office and observed a supervisor asking one of his direct reports, “Can I give you some feedback?” The supervisor had a smile on his face, his body language was open, and I thought his motives appeared sincere. The direct report initially seemed happy, but once the question was asked… Continue Reading Feedback & feedforward: effective leadership tools

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You hear a lot about work/life/balance these days. In fact, a Google search on that combination of words yields more than 36,000,000 results. People are busy and none more so than business owners. Busy entrepreneurs have to balance running their companies with having quality family and personal time, taking care of their health, and simply… Continue Reading Life, work, family — How full are your tanks?

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Book Review: “The End of Money”

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by David Wolman, c.2012, Da Capo It was hardly worth picking up. Yep, there was once a time when that penny you spotted on the pavement was worth something more than just one cent. You could buy lots of things for a penny back then, and saving them was rewarding on many levels. Now they’re… Continue Reading Book Review: “The End of Money”

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Is Congress capable of broad bipartisanship that would benefit the economy and the nation? Amazing as it might seem these days, the House of Representatives recently showed that constructive bipartisanship is possible. Consider the Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1433). Jim Sensenbrenner is a conservative Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that makes sense, Part 1 of 2

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