Posts made in July, 2015


My first day as a member of the computer programming staff at a major company was straight out of a comedy series. It was just after 8am, and I was being escorted to my cubicle by the human resources administrator. We walked by dozens of cubicles where my new colleagues were getting settled for the work day. I had to do a double-take as we walked past an office where a computer staff member was sleeping with his head on his desk. This...

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When I was a member of a hand-picked team of superstars, one of the first things we did together was to pick out our chairs. Some of us went for high-back chairs, some chose low-back chairs, but all the chairs were ergonomic and just a little pricey. Our goal, while sitting in our new chairs, was to develop an exciting new company and an innovative new product–by using our knowledge and familiarity of the existing company and...

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Most of us work for or own companies that have multiple competitors. Each competitor has access to a similar pool of labor and has the opportunity to win the business of the prospective clients in their market. Why does one company grow profitabily in the face of fierce comepetition, while many of its competitors stagnate and continually operate on the edge of solvency? I propose that in a competitive marketplace, the company with the...

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We’re made to embrace rhythms. We love music. We thrive on routines. We look forward to annual celebrations. Our American marketplace has its own rhythms, and we’re witnessing that once again during our joyful celebration of our country’s unlikely and daring founding–our American 4th of July. Other than fireworks, hotels, beverages, gas stations and sporting accessories, most non-essential business slows down...

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