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Cheating? Who, me?

Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, is an insightful guy who recently performed some studies regarding cheating. (You’ll need to scroll down to the 3rd article.) What he found suggests that some predisposition toward cheating may come from events that occur just prior the incident. He discusses, for example, one case where people were found…

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Who cares? You should!

Patrick Lencioni has got it right in his guest column in Business Week recently: There’s no substitute for taking an active interest in the lives of your employees. The MBWO – “managment by walking around” theory has always been popular in these pages as a simple, no-cost tool to stay in touch with employees ……

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No substitute for Leadership Team

I mentioned here before about the regular Sunday NY Times feature called the Corner Office, which summarizes conversations with various CEO’s about leadership, lessons learned, interviewing techniques, etc. Here are 4 key lessons. Build your Leadership Team Sunday’s column interviewed Lawrence Kellner, CEO of Continental Airlines, who reaffirmed several points emphasized on this blog. First,…

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Vol. 49-Sinful Excess – Greed, Gluttony, Lust

The North Bay Business Journal, a publication of the New York Times, is a weekly business newspaper which covers the North Bay area of San Francisco – from the Golden Gate bridge north, including the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa counties. This page provides the Print-Friendly Version of the article, as published. Any related…

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Say no to conventional wisdom

There’s no better time to re-examine our assumptions about what works and what doesn’t. How many times have we seen the power of unconventional thinking (quit using the tired “out of the box” thinking metaphor) … and how frequently have our traditional beliefs been skewered as a result? Here’s a story about a high school…

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More Accountabilty for Directors?

Gretchen Morgenson, a NY Times columnist, reports that shareholders are speaking out more than ever as they seek to hold directors accountable. It’s a welcome trend, as we know that too many directors are really just cronies of the owners and don’t provide the unbiased, independent feedback that’s expected of them. As you build your…

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More tax? More government? NO!

Thomas Friedman’s Op-Ed in the Sunday NY Times entitled Real Men Tax Gas, makes sense in many ways, mostly in arguing that we have not proven to be very “tough” in making the difficult decisions. At the same time, Friedman presupposes that a gas tax would provide significant funding that the “government” could then deploy…

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Innovative Financing Alternatives

Whenever I find an article about innovative or alternative financing, it’s worth sharing. Creative financing has never been more needed as businesses seek to preserve and protect their franchise. While these alternatives may not be applicable to your business, use this information to jumpstart your creative juices to consider different tools in the financing arsenal….

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