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Archive for January, 2010

More college, more dumb . . .

January 28, 2010
More college, more dumb . . .

College degrees are only really useful as an indicator of employee potential if we’re hiring them right out of school. After five years in the workforce, they provide almost no insight, instead, it’s workplace successes in which I’m interested.

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Power and corruption . . .

January 26, 2010
Power and corruption . . .

Lord Acton was right: power tends to corrupt. And now there’s science behind what seems obvious from the anecdotal data. Power corrupts, but it corrupts only those who think they deserve it, according to findings of Dr. Lammers and Dr. Galinsky as published in the Psychological Science.

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Book Review: Bounce by Keith McFarland

January 24, 2010
Book Review: Bounce by Keith McFarland

The subtitle of this book is “The art of turning tough times into triumph,” and could not be timelier. Calling the 2008 and 2009 “tough times” could be the understatement of the decade. In the preface, McFarland states as a universal truth that, “It’s often during life’s most difficult times that we discover our most […]

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Book Review: First, Best or Different by John Bradley Jackson

January 24, 2010
Book Review: First, Best or Different by John Bradley Jackson

At the time of this writing, John Bradley Jackson is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University in Fullerton (CSUF). I have had the pleasure of working with him and his students at the center; a wonderful experience. Jackson writes in a conversational style that is easy to read and to […]

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Loyalty . . . to what?

January 21, 2010
Loyalty . . . to what?

We can’t have it both ways. As employees, if we think it’s fair to give two weeks notice and leave an employer to pursue our own self-interest, then it is fair for our employer to have the same privilege. We cannot believe that there is an obligation for a company to employ us as long as we want to work there while we retain the right to leave at will.

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Encouraging conflict . . .

January 19, 2010
Encouraging conflict . . .

This is an article discussing conflict within the high functioning team.

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Innovate your products or your business?

January 14, 2010
Innovate your products or your business?

An article on what will make us successful in the new economy – maybe! What are the foundations we use to launch products and services?

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Book Review: Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman & Joe Knight

January 12, 2010
Book Review: Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman & Joe Knight

In this iteration of their book, Berman and Knight focus on understanding finances for Entrepreneurs. I have read many books on the financial statements, ratios and indices that apply to businesses, and this book is among the best. In one place there is a clear explanation of the various reports, how the numbers are derived, […]

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A year of uncertainty . . . thank goodness!

January 12, 2010
A year of uncertainty . . . thank goodness!

An article discussing how uncertainty is not likely to be causing the slow recovery for small business owners. The slow recovery is due to the certainty that things have changed, and people are studying the “new economy” before they jump in.

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Okay, but what are you going to do that’s different?

January 7, 2010
Okay, but what are you going to do that’s different?

This article is a discussion of what we might do to ensure that we are do things differently in the coming decade.

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