Finance Basics

04December 2017

The “Hat” throughout History: A Story of Efficiency

From ancient warfare to maverick retail, the idea of a “hat” integrated with near-obsessive efficiency has been a crucible for productivity and has changed society itself....

21November 2017

Marketing 101: How One Company is Resonating and Reverberating in the Music World

Whether you’re playing the same three chords or are a seasoned virtuoso, if you’re a musician, chances are you have strong, even fanatical opinions about your gear. One Chicago company was listening....

26September 2017

Pittsburgh, the Pentagon, and Chocolate: One Family's Legacy

The journey of Edward Marc Chocolatier is one of teamwork, ingenuity, adaptability and, above all, family....

11September 2017

From $900 Million to Zero: When Is Too Much Simply Not Enough?

We live in what has been termed the friction-free economy—where labor, information and money move around easily, cheaply and almost instantly....

26August 2017

Leadership Fundamentals: Local Impact, Global Scope

The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” rings true when seeking that elusive commodity called business leadership....

28July 2017

Zealous Users, A Burrito Truck, Parkour—A Glimpse into the Culture of Slack

One company, ironically called Slack, with a firm grip on its mission and market, was the fastest startup to elicit the elusive $1 billion valuation....

19July 2017

Man's Best Friend: A High-Tech and Human Approach

Rover is an online marketplace for canine care, changing the pet services game—and they do it through know-how, policies based upon compassion, and setting the bar high....

27June 2017

Word of Mouth: Your Ticket to Epic and Legendary!

Word of mouth is the Golden Ticket, the Lotto Jackpot and the Holy Grail all rolled into one righteous package that in its purest form costs absolutely nothing....

16June 2017

How Not to Burn Out in Sales!

So, you think you want to be a salespeep or you already are one and don’t know what to do with yourself? Salespeople often take a bad rap and it is so easy to burn out. There are promises galore of making the big bucks and cashing in. And then there are the realities of failed closes and going down the tubes. Salespeople live on the edge, on the very precipice of life, because they are empowered to move the goods, prime the pump, get the products out there. In doing so, they run the gamut and come up with all kinds of ways to “change” the system and make the big bucks. Salespeeps often make the big screen and are “celebrated” in the movies....

14June 2017

The Magic of Surveys: How Warby Parker Disrupted the Eyeglass Monopoly

In this David and Goliath story, David wears stylish, quality eyewear that he got for $95....

05June 2017

Copywriting & Communication: Cutting through the Chaos

In an oversaturated digital landscape, can you communicate with class and get the desired results?...

26May 2017

Financial Planning Tips Applied to a Megabit-per-Nanosecond Economy

The mantra “MAKE MONEY!”—central in our minds and nightmares; motivating millions to do work they don’t necessarily love, burning a candle at midnight and rising before dawn....

20May 2017

"Think Outside the Box!" Worn Out Buzzwords or Clarion Call for Sanity?

“Think Outside the Box!” Worn Out Buzzwords or Clarion Call for Sanity?...

15May 2017

Revitalizing Global Culture through 21st Century Commerce

There’s a direct line from sanity and ethics to organizational acumen and global revitalization....

05May 2017

Honesty Is the Best Policy: The Art of Hard Sell

If there is any professional that gets a hard time, it is the salesperson. From the character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s classic play Death of a Salesman to the gulping realism in the definitive movie Glengarry Glen Ross, salespeople are oftentimes not portrayed in the best light. Yet selling is part of every business and nonbusiness activity. There are any number of definitions of the word sell. To sell simply means to persuade or induce someone to buy, or to win acceptance, approval or adoption. It derives from Old English, sellan, meaning “to give, offer,” and Greek, helein, “to take.”...

01May 2017

From Food Stamps to $19 Billion: The WhatsApp Story

Solvency and prosperity are not mysterious and nebulous accidents emerging from spontaneous explosions of primordial ooze. They are the results of hard work, production of a viable product and adherence to rock-solid basics....