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Archive for October, 2009

Healthcare is big business

October 31, 2009
Healthcare is big business

Healthcare is big business and getting even bigger. I’m interested, since as a “boomer,” I will likely be up for lots of healthcare costs in the future. Luckily, I’m healthy at the moment and dealing with only minor health issues (knees hurt, cholesterol is problematic and such). Yet, despite reasonable planning, I know that a […]

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How did we get here anyway?

October 29, 2009
How did we get here anyway?

According to some brief research, I’ve discovered that employer provided healthcare is really an accident. Apparently, the combination of advances in medical technology, hospitals in the early 20th century needing to make sure their beds were filled, and people wanting to pay a fixed amount for hospital care resulted in the formation of the precursor […]

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Tin ears . . .

October 27, 2009
Tin ears . . .

Unlike some, I am not one to advocate punishing the “upper class.” There are calls for punishing those who consume conspicuously, take home many hundreds of times more than the average worker and insulate themselves from those who “do the work.” And there is a very wide disparity between some CEO pay and that of […]

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The beat goes on . . . .

October 22, 2009
The beat goes on . . . .

A friend volunteers a the local public library where he sorts and prices the donated books for the used bookstore portion of the library. He knows I speak on Business Ethics and so he called the other day to announce that he had a “really old book” titled “Ethics in Practice.” It was first published […]

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Curiosity and Imagination

October 20, 2009
Curiosity and Imagination

I admit to being curious about most things. It doesn’t take much to get my mind wondering: “How does it do that?” “Why did they program it that way?” “I wonder what would happen if I . . . ” This curiosity has stood me in good stead most of the time and has gotten me […]

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Networking . . . Some last thoughts

October 16, 2009
Networking . . . Some last thoughts

[Updated 9/21/14] If you’ve been following the posts on this blog, you will recognize the similarity between the comments I have made about the art of networking with the comments made on the sales process. The sales skill ladder has four rungs: Product Base Selling, Solution Based Selling, Consultative Selling and finally Trust Based Selling. […]

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Networking . . . Continued

October 15, 2009
Networking . . . Continued

[Updated 9/21/14] Yesterday, I got on my soapbox concerning networking etiquette and what I believe networking really is all about. And that is building trust and long term relationships. I mentioned that it is a long and difficult process. It is also highly rewarding. If you buy into my concept of networking, then you are […]

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Networking . . .

October 14, 2009
Networking . . .

[Updated 9/21/14] I’ve managed, somehow, to develop a network of colleagues who will often refer folks to me for many different reasons; potential clients, business owners, and increasingly executives in transition. This economy has become very challenging for everyone. What strikes me is that there is so little knowledge about what networking really is all […]

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The Sustainable Company – A Few Simple Rules.

October 13, 2009
The Sustainable Company – A Few Simple Rules.

In a previous post, we looked at the work done by Ram Nidumolu and M.R. Rangaswami in which they stated that there is no alternative to sustainable development. And they identified the five stage process on the road to sustainability. In this, the final post on this article, I summarize “A Few Simple Rules” on […]

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The Sustainable Company – Stage 5

October 12, 2009
The Sustainable Company – Stage 5

In a previous post, we looked at the work done by Ram Nidumolu and M.R. Rangaswami in which they stated that there is no alternative to sustainable development. And they identified the five stage process on the road to sustainability. This post discusses Stage 5 of 5. In this stage, the company is creating next […]

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