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26August 2018

Business Advice from a Knockout Artist

In the fifties, George Foreman grew up in the slums of Houston, Texas. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and ran with street gangs. A life of crime was written in the stars. Today, George is worth $300 million. What went right? ...

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23September 2018

Innovation & Invention—from the Himalayas to Detroit

In India’s far north, a story emerges, one of a personal quest, ambition minus arrogance, unlimited energy, life-giving water, and a will to make the world a better place, soundly and economically....

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26February 2019

From Rebel to Multimillionaire—A Recipe for Success

He was an angry self-starter and a rebel. He was warned by his father not to go into the restaurant business. Today, David Chang is one of the most famous and richest chefs in the world. His success path broke all the rules—except one. ...

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19June 2019

How Dyson’s “Purpose and Intensity” Helped Create a Multibillion-Dollar Business

Sir James Dyson: You know him from his Dyson vacuums. But Sir James is much more than a vacuum inventor. He’s an entrepreneur and leader extraordinaire. How he got there is something every prosperity-minded person will want to know....

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01February 2017

How Men's Shavers Engineered Word of Mouth

You have heard the story of how one friend tells another friend who tells five more friends and pretty soon you have an economic revolution. Product reputations are built this way. It does not really matter how much money you spend on promotion; what does matter is doing what it takes to get the BUZZ!...

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01February 2017

From Space Stations to the Stars—Moving the World with Purpose

The poster for the film The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s novel, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, reads “BRING HIM HOME.” The phrase drives the plot and prompts rival nations to cooperate. Like the moon landing of 1969, untold millions of people planetwide were captivated with a cohesive message....

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17January 2017

How Does a LEGO Life-Size X-Wing Fighter Relate to the Ascent or Crash of Your Company?

Communication is a two-way trajectory. It means asking questions, listening, and acting where necessary on what you hear. And it isn’t just externally facing—i.e., you and your customers; it’s internal, management to manufacturing, marketing to sales, and so forth, throughout an entire company. L. Ron Hubbard gave the core definition of public relations in his article of 13 August 1970, “Liabilities of PR”:...

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03January 2017

Catastrophe and Raw Survival in the Age of Unicorns

[UNICORN: A tech startup that reaches a $1 billion market value as determined by private or public investment. The term was originally coined by Aileen Lee, founder of Cowboy Ventures.1]...

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07November 2016

Anna Bissell—America’s First Female CEO and Why She Was a Sweeping Success

Who had it better—the turn-of-the-century executive or today’s tech-savvy managers? Without a doubt, the workplace of yesterday had its drawbacks—from working conditions to lack of technology, and of course the horse-and-buggy transport system was a bit slow. But then again, there were certain advantages to the lack of electronic interruptions generated by cell phones, text messages and e-mails (and rush hour just wasn’t much of a problem)....

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05November 2016

How to Maximize Company Longevity Through Organization

In the previous article in this series, “Proper Organization Is the Fountain of Youth in Company Longevity,”we described how faulty organization contributed to the ultimate demise of Pan Am, the once monolithic giant of the skies. The airline’s reign lasted throughout most of the twentieth century; but after the retirement of its president Juan Trippe in 1968, internal mismanagement led to the company downsizing itself into bankruptcy in 1991....

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14September 2016

Tips & Tools: A Tip Regarding Executives

Competent and loyal executives are solid gold to a business owner. The following is a vital tip you can use as an executive yourself—and with your junior executives—to help them create a more effective team....

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14September 2016

Tips & Tools: Finish What You Start

Ever found yourself going off in all directions at once? Ever experienced what the Red Queen, of Alice in Wonderland fame, once said: “…it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” Then you need to finish what you start....

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06May 2016

Proper Organization is the Fountain of Youth in Company Longevity

What do Lloyd’s of London, Japanese construction company Kongō Gumi, Swedish newspaper Post-och Inrikes Tidningar, and Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Company all have in common?...

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03January 2014

America's Last Chance: Administrative Know-How

Splashing water on his face, he looked up over the marble sink. In the mirror he saw a haggard face and sunken eyes staring back at him. Tie loose around his neck, exhausted but too tense to think about sleeping, he wondered what he was going to do. Tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars depended on what he decided. If he picked wrongly, people would die. However, if he picked correctly people would still die....

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16August 2016

Staff Education In Business

My profession as a management consultant involves the education of business owners and their staff. Having been at this for 30 years, I wanted to pass on something I’ve learned along the way....