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Too much stress? Time for a break?

I am not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate. Read the full description before looking at the picture. The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary’s Hospital. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The…

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Is the Worst Over?

There are certainly some who think the tailspin is ending and the flight path is leveling out. The NY Times reported that more than half of the companies surveyed say they do not plan layoffs in the next 12 months. Sixty-seven percent say they do not expect any hiring freezes. Check out the graphic to…

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Hope is not a Strategy: FREE Live Webcast

On Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, we are hosting a FREE Live Webcast for CEO’s and business leaders in the middle market. I believe middle market businesses need to do 2 things immediately: Evade the distractions of contradictory economic news and focus…

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Business Plans don’t matter?

Wow! According to a NY Times report, a recent study at the University of Maryland found that business plans really don’t matter! Their study found that VC’s pay little attention to the business plan and rely upon their instincts, networks and other sources to vet business plans and assess the wisdom of an investment. I…

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Cut Costs or Invest in Growth?

The Wall St. Journal reports today on growing tension at venture-backed companies over whether to save money to reduce risk or invest to take advantage of new opportunities. You can never gain enough perspective on this issue, which represents one of the most pervasive struggles faced by growing businesses, and one of the most vexing…

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Obama Admin unveils small business help

The Obama administration has unveiled a program to help small businesses, including R&D and innovation credits, ELIMINATING capital gains on small business stock … we really need to see those details because that will attract investment at an accelerated pace … extending Net Operating Loss carryovers. A lot of this money will reportedly be taken…

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Deliberate Practice – NOT Genius

The New York Times carried an Op-Ed piece today extolling the more mundane interpretations of genius. It turns out according to several new books cited there, that the appearance of “genius” is really more a function of “deliberate practice” than a divine spark. So, don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Get out there and practice!

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PowerPoint? No. Complete sentences? Yes!

The New York Times feature, The Corner Office, generally provides practical advice from CEO’s. This week’s interview with Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, stresses the value of communication and his belief … correctly, I would say … that communication skills are more important than ever with the advent of the Internet and the…

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