What makes business successful? –A thought and a theory.

If you’ve not read this previously posted page, I highly recommend it. And I assure you, with that post and this, it will be worth your while. I have long questioned what makes some businesses succeed wildly? That post is a fascinating piece on that latest San Francisco cultural craze: $4 toast. –And not only San Francisco, but spreading to other parts of the nation. $4 for toast?...

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Value: What makes toast worth $4?

There are multiple reasons for this latest San Francisco craze. “Tip of the hipster spear” is one; the large amount of money floating around Silicon Valley, is another. But, in an interesting article, linked below, the origin of this is traced to a single individual. And in the end, makes a great study on value and pricing....

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Storytelling as an Art in Business.

There is genius in this link. And on some level, I had already begun to suspect this. Why is it that, as relaxation of choice, I will enjoy sitting and watching a movie–even if it’s for the fourth time? It’s the enjoyment of story. We are drawn to it. In the links below, Nancy Duarte discusses the value of storytelling in conveying the culture of business. More than any other...

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Is Gold Being Manipulated?

Gold, as a commodity, is one of the world’s oldest standards of value. Values rise and fall; however one of the most compelling arguments right now, is whether or not its price is being manipulated — in a downward way. I’ve read a number of articles over the recent months and years that suggest that there indeed are bodies that manipulate the price. But this one below, is one...

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Sales: Increasing Interpersonal Effectiveness and Closing Ratio

I’ve long said that “sales” is really only helping people find what they’re looking for. But usually, people have different personality types that dictate how they prefer the transaction: Some, for example, prefer quick; and others more methodical. But importantly, the transaction is a partnership – a dance, as it were, based on their personalities and how they prefer to walk through the...

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Annual Performance Reviews Are Morale Killers

An interesting perspective is probed in the article below: the concept that annual performance reviews may be detrimental to a company. This annual walk-on-coals may actually do more to kill productivity and morale, than it brings to the company in review benefit. Sure, feedback is necessary. But management, like driving a car, is best done with a light hand: slight continual adjustments, rather...

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Either, either, neither, neither; let’s call the whole thing off.

Just for fun: If you are interested in linguistics and dialects, as in that 1937 Gershwin tune, you may like this article: It’s written by a Harvard professor, Bert Vaux (and former student, now at MIT), who has studied and mapped dialects in various geographic areas — a personal lifelong interest. There are many interesting examples such as the simple #1, pronunciation of...

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