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Week of April 15, 2019

How to “Heimlich” Yourself The Heimlich maneuver has saved thousands from choking.  Unfortunately, we often “choke” on more than just food.  It’s the rare individual who hasn’t “choked” at a critical moment due to fear, anxiety or some other emotion. There usually isn’t someone around in such situations willing or able

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Week of April 1, 2019

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller 1880-1968 The Useless Class  The introduction of machinery into agriculture in the 1800s freed millions from the farm to flock to the cities where, fortunately, an industrial revolution was also occurring

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A Little Fun: Amazed and Amused

Entertainment is at its best when we’re amazed and amused.  If you’re open to 3 minutes and 15 seconds of both, check out four women who offer a stunning musical combination of talent, comedy, and teamwork. If you never played a musical instrument you’ll be amused; if you have, you’ll be amazed.   Spend a

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Days of Disruption No. 24 –  Both Ends Against the Middle

Amazon rocked the grocery world two years ago when it bought premium grocer Whole Foods.  The distribution giant is now looking to secure the other end of the grocery market with a new format that is sure to disrupt mainstream grocers like Kroger and Wal-Mart. Amazon offers interesting lessons in strategy for

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Genesis of a Mess

When you’re trying to understand a problem you’re trying to solve, it sometimes helps to ask why it’s your problem.  When it comes to providing healthcare benefits to employees, more than a few CEOs have wondered how they ended up with this mess on their desks. Harvard Business Review recently published a short and excellent article tracing the

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The New Minority

Do you know what will happen in less than a year?  A minority will become the majority.  2020 will be the year the Millennials become a majority of the population and not long after, a majority of your employees, customers, suppliers competitors, and vendors. Boomers will now be the minority and Millennial dominance will

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16 Sales Tales

It’s been said there are very few business problems that more revenue can’t solve, as all too many startups have found to their sorrow.  Quite often entrepreneurs in both startups and established ventures become so focused on developing or making the product they forget it has to be sold. Peter Levin,

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We Didn’t See This Coming – Bill and Melinda Gates

Great CEOs spend more than a little time watching the world outside the walls of their enterprises because that’s where the need for their offerings emanates.  Even though Bill Gates relinquished the CEO job at Microsoft years ago, he and wife Melinda now lead the Gates Foundation which manages their philanthropic

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Is Your Company “Haunted?”

Many companies are experiencing a scary phenomenon known as “Ghosting.” This occurs when desirable job candidates fail to show up for interviews, respond to job offers or even show up at all for the first day of work after being hired…without so much as a phone call, note of apology

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Economic Reconnaissance

A Solid Finish: The government shut down has also stopped the flow of data from Washington that economists rely upon for analysis and forecasting, but that hasn’t stopped Dr. Brian Wesbury from offering his best estimate of fourth quarter 2018 GDP growth.  Check out his one page summary of why he sees solid

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