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Consider Tebow, Newton and Christmas this season

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As Christmas arrives, believers and non-believers alike participate in the time-honored, all-consuming orgy. Perhaps they believe that once a year their generosity and goodwill goes beyond the personal and spins the nation’s wheels of commerce: About 20 percent of annual retail spending occurs between Black Friday and Christmas. Perhaps we are fed up with bad… Continue Reading Consider Tebow, Newton and Christmas this season

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If you believe the latest doomsday cranks, the apocalypse arrives on December 21, 2012, a date marking the close of the ancient Mayan civilization’s “Long Count” calendar. Don’t ask me — or any reliable historian — how the Mayan calendar became a means for apocalyptic prophesies. It’s another combination of myth making, book selling, and… Continue Reading Business, the economy, the election and the apocalypse of 2012

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by James A. Roberts Your financial goals for the next year are set. On the list are things like “pay off credit cards” and “save for retirement.” You’ll be putting some money away for your business or for emergencies. There will be little splurges, sure, but cautiously. Nothing on the list indicates that you would… Continue Reading Book Review: “Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy”

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A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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The holidays are fast upon us, and as we huddle up for yet another recessive year-end, the thought of lavish corporate celebration is far from our minds. Yet it’s still important to thank clients and strategic partners for their business. Oh! I have it! Let’s make an E-Card. Stop right there. Just stop it. News… Continue Reading A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. In last week’s article we looked at how to complete an assessment on your overall business. In this week’s column we want to address one topic — making money.… Continue Reading Year-end Part 2: Are you any good at making money?

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Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. Over the next few weeks, we want to discuss some areas of assessment that should be considered as you begin to plan for next year. Next week we’ll look… Continue Reading Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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We all want speed, agility, adaptability, innovation and sustainability in our businesses, especially in these difficult, complex and volatile times. To attain these measures of success, our organizations need to take a look in the mirror. We are only as productive and effective as our “weakest link”. For some leaders, this may be a process… Continue Reading Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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Increasing employee engagement, military style

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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring… Continue Reading Increasing employee engagement, military style

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A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has some interesting ideas, and they don’t all make sense but let’s consider a recent one. During a CBS “Face the Nation” interview, Paul said the idea that the U.S. must have 900 military bases spread over 130 countries is an old fashioned. “It makes no sense at all,” he… Continue Reading A couple ideas about bases in foreign countries

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What is “Occupy Wall Street” — along with other “Occupy” movements that have popped up in various spots — all about in the end? Many people seem bewildered. They ask: What does the movement want to achieve exactly? What’s the point? Occupy Wall Street claims to speak for the 99 percent that are not in… Continue Reading “Occupy Wall Street” and the morality of free enterprise

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