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Archive for November, 2009

In Case of Emergency

November 26, 2009
In Case of Emergency

This article addresses the need for executives to make sure they take care of their own leadership growth even in tough times. Do not skimp on education even as you cut costs througout the rest of the organization.

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Money talks – BS walks.

November 24, 2009
Money talks – BS walks.

This article discusses the need for the seller of products/services to have significant skin in the game before customers/clients will even consider purchasing the goods.

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By the numbers . . .

November 19, 2009
By the numbers . . .

This article discusses the imperative to understanding the financial statements for your company. There is little margin for error in this economy.

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Productivity . . . how far do we push?

November 17, 2009
Productivity . . . how far do we push?

This article discusses a likely decrease in productivity as people suffer burnout after picking up the workload left behind by those employees let go this past couple of years.

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Planning for growth . . .

November 12, 2009
Planning for growth . . .

I mentioned earlier that now is the time to begin cautiously expanding your business. It’s also time to start looking at what you will do to retain employees. Why? Because of the cost of employee turnover. I have seen it reported that the cost of turnover is up to 150% of an employee’s salary. Here […]

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Expert . . .

November 9, 2009
Expert . . .

Recently, I had the opportunity to serve as an expert witness on corporate governance in an arbitration case. I was called to testify by the defendant’s attorney. The plaintiff’s attorney asked a pretty fundamental question right at the start; “What makes you an expert?” Of course the CV he had in his hand as he asked […]

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The small business dilemma

November 5, 2009
The small business dilemma

Well, the President has been “jawboning” the banks to lend to small businesses. Is that really what small businesses need, more debt? Maybe — money is cheap but . . . where are the sales? Why take on debt if increased revenues will not be realized? Several posts on this blog, and the ELC newsletter, […]

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Education – where are we headed?

November 3, 2009
Education – where are we headed?

I was listening to a podcast discussing higher education around the world. The statistic I heard quoted from the experts on this topic was that 60% of the 26,000 PhD’s awarded to students in a given year from US Institutions are foreign nationals. And these days, foreign students do not necessarily stay here in the […]

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