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Leading in a Crisis

WSJ recently carried an article, Seven Lessons for Leading in a Crisis. Here’s my short version, which is consistent with the advice I’m sharing with clients every day and sharing during public speaking events. Get real! Get rid of the rose-colored glasses. Build cash (maybe next time). Be transparent; get everyone to chip in to…

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Finally, the Fed’s Small Business Program

Many of us wonder if the Administration’s new Small Business program will work, or be too little too late? It’s a wonder that it’s taken so long to focus on the source of the largest job creation engine we have, the source of more than 70% of new jobs. $15B is being devoted to purchasing…

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Is Warren Buffet crazy?

This is the title of a recent blog entry from James Surowiecki’s blog on The New Yorker. He poses an interesting notion that banks will be doing better than ever with rates so low – Wells Fargo average interest cost in Q408 was 1.44% – and spreads so high. 

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Get the best talent you can!!!

The NY Times carried a poignant article today about Talent: The Secrets of the Talent Scouts. Here are 2 key  messages that bear repeating:     1.  Get as much advice as possible about new hires. The McArthur Foundation known for its “genius grants” interviews thousands from across myriad disciplines. A candidate at Gilead Sciences…

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Straight Talk. All the Time . . . for Entrepreneurs

We’re proud of the “Straight Talk. All the Time” mantra on this site. Jason Calacanis of Maholo.com and founder of Silicon Alley Reporter stays close to that line in his recent newsletter that BW republished. It describes his brutal experiences with the dot.com implosion and offers the hard cold facts for entrepreneurs in this tumultuous…

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Vol. 37: “Shell the Beach”

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.   ********************************************************************************** Article published – March 9, 2009 BUILDING A BUSINESS: Planning, pre-emptive…

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Do you really want to be an entrepreneur?

Several years ago I sat on a panel at an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp to evaluate the business plans of fledgling entrepreneurs. While there were several gifted business owners in the group, most of the presenters were passionate about their ideas but had done very  little to assess the competition or carefully measure the level of…

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Warren? Can you sit on my Board?

Warren Buffet’s Chairman’s letter in the annual report of Berkshire Hathaway is always a good read and offers a glimpse into the mind of America’s investment éminence grise. It has been extracted from the 100pp page BH 2008 Annual Report.

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