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“There you go again” ….

I think that line is attributed to Ronald Reagan’s impressive debate performance against Jimmy Carter in 1980 … but just the same, it applies to the stream of recent articles about business lending in the middle market. The WSJ discusses a report that banks have eased their credit standards in recent months. Of course, there’s…

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Unicorn meat? Delicious!

Tim Berry called my attention to a great post on the ThinkGeek site. If you’re hungry, dig in … dig in, that is to the hilarious post showing the “cease and desist” letter they received from the National Pork Board claiming that they infringed on the slogan “The Other White Meat”. You’ve got to read…

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Start-Ups Create Lasting Jobs

A recent report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation entitled After Inception – How Enduring is Job Creation by Start-ups?”, uncovered several notable findings about the job creation power of start-ups: The number of start-ups that flourish and create jobs balances the jobs lost by companies that close. 80% of the jobs created in the…

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Luddites Unite – You’re History!

If you don’t think social networking is on an intergalactic trajectory, you haven’t met my nieces and nephews. Ages 8-11-14. NOT from a technology-driven family … so for those of you who are, strap in! Facebook – old news! Facebook chat – “call me on my cell, Uncle Lary, and I’ll boot up my laptop…

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3 Tips to enhance your Elevator Speech

With thanks to Carmine Gallo, his recent post, The Three Elements of an Inspiring Pitch, reminds us of the power of emotion in telling our story to an interested community. The three critical elements of a pitch that he identifies – Understandable, Memorable and Emotional – are valuable in all forms of communication … and as…

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3 Simple Keys to Productive Meetings

A recent NY Times interview with Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, a firm that rents textbooks online and by mail, brought some valuable but simple tips about meeting discipline to mind.   1. Leave technology on the other side of the door. Be present, engage in hearty conversation. Phones, texting, communicating outside of the room is…

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After Action Reviews = Successful Execution

In an article entitled Five Ways Pixar Makes Better Decisions, Tom Davenport, a Babson College professor, refers to what I call “after action reviews” as a critical element of the creative decision-making used at Pixar. In my earlier post, Powerful After Action Reviews, you can learn more about this concept, built and nurtured by the…

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Lead with what’s possible

A recent NY Times interview with Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, a firm that rents textbooks online and by mail, prompted me about the power of the entrepreneurial spirit. We’re not reminded often enough about the inspirational force of asking what needs to be done … rather than thinking about all the reasons something can’t be…

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