Business Resolutions

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As the packaging and wrapping from holiday gifts are being placed at the curb for pick-up in overstuffed garbage bins, and our plans for celebrating ringing in the New Year begin to crystallize, many of us are considering what our personal New Year’s resolutions will include for the new year.  For some, it may mean […] [Read More]
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Do Dollars Outweigh Ethics?

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Are capitalists, entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives allowed to use the explanation that, “the market will determine what is right and wrong?”  Does the ability to sell a product give a company permission to not question whether it is appropriate to sell it?  Can one choose to separate their morals and ethics from their business […] [Read More]
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Managers – Learn from Athletics

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One of the most common analogies used by executives is sports.  So much so, that it has become a cliche with people throwing around empty phrases like, “step up to the plate” to refer to being opportunistic, “home run” and “slam dunk” to refer to big victories and easy outcomes respectively, and “throw a Hail […] [Read More]
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Black Friday, Retail and Competition

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This past week and weekend saw news stories about sales, the conflict between familial holiday traditions and capitalism, and online versus “brick-and-mortar” stores.  Around the Thanksgiving tables across the country, shoppers were planning and plotting their strategies to get the best deals, others were engaged in considerable teeth-gnashing about the loss of the family component […] [Read More]
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Perils of Sub-Contracting

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One commonly used business model for small services businesses is to become a sub-contractor for a larger business.  The common reasons why the larger business may seek a sub-contractor are as follows: The larger company may be in need of an area of expertise they do not currently have to complete a project they have […] [Read More]
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Is It Possible Lulumon’s CEO Was Right?

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This past week, Chip Wilson, the CEO of athletic apparel company Lulumom seemed to have stuck his foot in his mouth twice.  That is; after he had to make  amends for a quality issue not too long ago that left customers wearing the product a little more exposed than they had intended while stretching and […] [Read More]
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Just How EDGY Are You?

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Every business leader, manager, entrepreneur, business owner, senior executive, board member of an organization or company, and even investors questions from time to time – what makes this entity a success?  Or, if the business is floundering, they look to the skies and ponder, “what would it take for this to become better or improve?” […] [Read More]
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Did Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Get it Wrong?

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Few of us would think to turn to the rock singers, Crosby, Still, Nash and Young for business advice.  Their popular song, “Teach Your Children” is well-known by “people of a certain age,” however, it rarely is quoted by business pundits.  And certainly fewer of us would think to reverse the lyrics and think that […] [Read More]
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