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Warning: Speed may not be good for our health!

“Speed, for lack of a better term, is good”. That’s not quite what Gordon Gekko said in the original Wall Street movie, but it’s close enough for our purposes. So, who’s complaining about the super-fastest fiber-cable ever? Nobody that I know of, but here’s what caught my attention. It isn’t just the extraordinary speed extolled…

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The Zen of Goal Setting: Don’t tell anyone

How many times have we been told to write down our goals so we can keep them in focus … and make sure we tell everyone around us so they can support us and cheer us on. Derek Sivers strongly disagrees and shares what he’s learned from psychologists going back to the 1920’s. His TED…

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Ignore the Wine Supply/Demand Cycle at your peril

My friend and colleague, Steve Fredricks, President of Turrentine Brokerage, Trusted and Strategic Advisors to Growers, Wineries, and Financiers in the wine industry, did a terrific job at this year’s Wine Industry Financial Symposium, Competing in a Rapidly Changing Global Wine Market. His presentation, The Supply/Demand Balance in the Global Market and California Bulk Market, thoughtfully described these…

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Warning: Sell Wine? Ignore Cash? Adios!

New here? Get more useful information by subscribing for free via email or our RSS feed. Let’s get started. ——————— Why is this so hard? We find ourselves entrenched in the quagmire of a lingering and painful recession … more companies than ever need stronger financial management … and yet so many of them remain painfully…

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The Shocking Truth about having fun!

Wanna have some fun? How about logistics? Now that’s some fun, ain’t it? Social media has stimulated countless phenomena … but connecting with our communities is probably one of its most valuable outcomes … which is why this new UPS commercial really caught my eye. Remember the lesson that if the railroads realized they were…

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Small Businesses – Stop Worshiping Them?

Doesn’t a lot of this jawboning about job creation make your brain explode? I’ve never read articles by Rex Nutting before, who writes for MarketWatch on the WSJ Digital network … but a banker friend of mine referred me to his “Time to stop worshiping small businesses” article. I’m not sure where Rex gets his…

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Leadership Lessons: Scribbles on an Envelope

It’s exciting, isn’t it, when we stumble across crumpled notes that have been lodged in our wallet for years … to discover timeless gems that we may have forgotten? I’ve earlier reported on the piece of paper carried in the wallet of  John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, which bore the words written by his…

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Small Business Finance Bill passes – So What?

Do you often wonder how this country gets along with the Pollyanna views inside the Beltway, mostly comprised of those who have never had to meet a payroll? The Senate passed the Small Business finance bill last week as a few Republicans crossed the aisle to provide the needed votes. The House is expected to…

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