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Why Teams Led by Nice Guys Finish First

Robert Fulghum has probably made about a gazillion dollars from “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” and all the spin-offs it’s produced. His works remind me of a category that used to be on Kindergarten report cards. Back in the day we were rated on this report card line item: “Works […]

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Will Google’s New Feature Make Lines Shorter at Your Small Business?

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” That’s one of the most famous Yogi Berra quotes and while it sounds funny, a new Google search feature may turn this oxymoron into a reality. For many small businesses, Google now gives searchers a visual picture to help them determine when the business is most packed by […]

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Startup Retailer Jet.com Flys into a Heavy Headwind

Salmon are famous for how they courageously and tirelessly swim upstream to meet their destiny in their generational spawning grounds. Then they die and their rotting carcasses are eaten by a variety of creatures. I’m wondering if the tale of the new online retail startup Jet.com will be a modern, digital retelling of the salmon […]

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Use Twitter to Join Your Industry Influencers

Twitter has taken a beating in the stock market and media in recent months. There have been management ordeals and its growth curve is not keeping up with other social media. But despite the bout of negativism, Twitter is generally the preferred social media hangout for the individuals we now call “influencers.” These influencers range […]

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How to Use the Cloud to Boost Security, Productivity

A friend recently attended the taping of a TV game show – The Price is Right – and none of the audience members could take their phones into the studio. He and everyone in his group left their phones in their cars and they talked about how they almost felt naked for the three to […]

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How To Avoid This New Version of a Classic Scam

With the rise of DJs and electronic music, “remixes” have become extremely popular. They often involve taking a classic older hit song and changing it up electronically into a new work of art. Not to be outdone, scammers around the world are “remixing” classic scams and some of these remixes are proving to be very […]

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A Franchise May be a Smart Startup Shortcut.

Starting a business from scratch is difficult.  You have to figure everything out on your own and in the process you inevitability make mistakes.  Some of them costly.  Some of them just frustrating.  Hopefully, none results in the loss of your business, but there is an inherent level of risk involved. Buying a franchise minimizes […]

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A Lesson in Entrepreneurism: Will a noticeable difference forever change flatware?

There are a lot of personal and professional qualities that come together to make a successful entrepreneur and I think Kyle Donovan, creator of the iFork and a related line of flatware, glasses and plates embodies many of those qualities. Sharing a little of his story can help shape your attitude, product or service and […]

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Value Proposition, Positioning Statement, Elevator Pitch? Know the Difference?

When you’re trying to sell something, you want to have answers ready for any question that may come up. It’s an impossible – but good – goal to have because if you take it seriously, it forces you to understand what you are selling and who you are selling to. Further, whether you’re selling a […]

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My Quest: How to Find Out Who Is Muting You on Twitter

I’ve written once before about the Twitter mute feature. It allows a Twitter user to omit someone’s tweets from the home feed. Of course, if you’re tweeting to build your brand and do some social media marketing, you don’t want your followers muting you. That’s why you need to keep the content you post relevant […]

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