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Anybody got too much time on their hands?

If you wonder whether your facial hair, or where you part your hair, has any relevance to your success, you’ll be glad to know that Fortune magazine has taken their journalistic razor to the strop! First, in an article about the technology world, they explore the whiskers of some of tech’s leading lights. If you…

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Use adverse times to your advantage

Most of you know Jim Collins as a result of his Good to Great bestseller, which catapulted metaphors like the “hedgehog” and “people on the bus” into the business vernacular. Writing in the current issue of Fortune magazine – the Fortune 500 edition – he discusses The Secret of Enduring Greatness. He challenges the assumption…

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The world’s first Billion Dollar Home

Forbes magazine showed a stunning picture in their new May 19, 2008 edition. It is a home in Mumbai, India built by Mukesh Ambani. You’ve never seen a home like this before . . . 27 stories (down from the original plan of 45 stories), 400,000 square feet – no, that’s not a typo –…

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For you graphics nerds – Starring the CPI!

In today’s New York Times, there is an eye-catching picture that will make the nerdiest graphmeister weep. It’s a very unique graphical depiction of the Consumer Price Index. You may not know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices on 200 products every month to calculate the Consumer Price Index. See it here…

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How to lead during a recession!

Jack Welch doesn’t need kudos from me, but I appreciate his recent column (with his wife, Suzy), Keeping Morale Up in a Downturn, in the recent issue of Business Week. It focuses on 2 key characteristics that I think good leaders possess: 1] Transparency, referring to a willingness to talk openly and honestly with members…

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Hiring Outside the Box

Forbes magazine ran a timeless article in their April 10 edition about critical errors made in the hiring process. In short – 1] ask well-considered questions to assess critical competences and 2] don’t be the only interviewer. Since the development of your leadership team is the most important step you can take to accelerate your…

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Cash Crunch: April 14 Column – Extended Version

For those of you who read the recent column in the April 14 edition of the North Bay Business Journal, entitled A cash crunch necessitates a trip to the bank for a loan, here is the extended version with a more complex borrowing calculation which takes into account the Minimum Cash Balance required. Please feel…

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Family Business Survey

For readers of my January 14th column entitled Small businesses lead economy, but often neglect their own needs, I promised to provide a copy of the 2007 Mass Mutual Family Business Survey.

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Exkalibur Advisors Launches!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lary Kirchenbauer is pleased to announce the formation of Exkalibur Advisors, Inc., a firm that will provide financial and strategic advisory services to family businesses and other middle market companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Exkalibur will help companies enhance their success by focusing on the leadership, strategy and financial capabilities…

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