Category Archives for Business

Become “The Most Likely To Succeed”

Were you voted “most likely to succeed” back in high school?   That moniker had mixed implications.  A recent survey reported in The Wall Street Journal showed that about one third of the respondents described the award as a “burden,” creating pressure to live up to expectations.  I suppose that could create some uncomfortable moments […]

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Don’t Give Up Too Quickly When New Employees Lag

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (better known as Coach K) recently became the winningest coach in college basketball Division 1 history.  However, he almost didn’t get the chance. Coach K was nearly fired after his first three years at Duke University after going 21-34 in his second and third year, and 7-21 in the powerful Atlantic Coast […]

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Are There Really Just Two Alternatives?

We live in a culture where compromise seems impossible.  A meeting of the minds may consist of agreeing that the other party is wrong and the situation is hopeless.  We sure can’t look to our political leaders, the ultimate deal-makers, because the chasms are too great. How did we get to this point?  Can this […]

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The Power Of ‘Why’

Whether you’re managing a team of employees or you’re on your own, remember that although what you do and how you do it are important, it’s the “why” that provides real motivation to succeed. An experiment conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business demonstrates the power of “why.”  At a university call […]

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Giving Thanks For Your Customers

Today’s mail included the first holiday greeting of the season – for Thanksgiving.  One of our vendors sends us an eye-catching Thanksgiving card every year, thanking us for our business.  This is an approach I started my first year in business. What I love about this custom is that our greeting never gets lost in […]

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Prosperity Is Possible In Tough Times

During economic downturns, most folks are content to maintain the status quo, not expecting to really get ahead. Turns out, a defeatist mindset like that stop someone from living the life they really want to live.  And there is a terrific new book that will change attitudes and inspire people to “Prosper,” as the book […]

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2, 4, 6, 8 – Who Do You Appreciate?

A university professor began reflecting on the people who had a positive impact on his life.  In particular he remembered a schoolteacher who had gone out of her way to instill in him a love of poetry.  He hadn’t seen or spoken to her in many years, but he located her address and sent her […]

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A Person Who Loses His Temper Usually Loses

Lately it seems like every night when I watch ESPN to get the day’s baseball scores and highlights, I see another pitcher throwing a temper tantrum in the dugout after a poor performance. San Francisco Giants star relief pitcher, Brian Wilson, had one of the more visible meltdowns when he was pulled from a game […]

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If You Want Life’s Best, See That Life Gets Your Best

It all started with an innocent question at a conference where I was speaking.  After I was introduced to one of the organizers, I asked her, “And what do you do for a living?” “Wrong question, Harvey!” she replied.  “It’s what I do for a life that matters!” Her 10-second answer was enlightening:  She loved […]

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Before You Start Your Own Business, Take This Entrepreneur Test

I have never met anyone who left his or her job, whether fired or voluntarily, who started his or her own business – and regretted it.  What these people always regret is not having done it sooner.  This includes people who eventually failed and had to go back to work for someone else. Afraid to […]

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