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Don’t skip this! Create Goals that Have Meaning

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Creating goals that have meaning “It’s just a goal.” That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort. Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard…

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The Meineke Syndrome?

I can’t say I’ve heard that phrase before … but it refers to the Meineke ads that shouted: “I’m not going to pay a lot for this muffler!” The NY Times article, however, is the latest … and includes some recent market research … confirming what all of us know … that value and innovation…

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We Will Never Forget

Today is a special day devoted to the memory of our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. No matter your political or personal proclivities, the willingness of young men and women to put themselves in harm’s way to defend our nation is an unquestioned personal commitment of the highest order….

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The need for independent directors

As you know, I have long advocated the value of independent directors in the middle market. They bring perspective and diversity to family businesses in particular, and more subtly, help keep the conversation focused on business issues rather than emotional ones. The SEC is now proposing for comment, landmark changes that will allow small groups…

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Seriously? Taxing a round of golf?

The New York Times had some fun with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s idea … I missed it the first time around … to put a $10 tax on a round of golf. It got quashed, thankfully, but I like some of Bill Pennington’s ideas about how to make this really work A mulligan? That will be $1….

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