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  • First of four myths about business success:

    Barbie. What better symbol of bland perfection? Perfect hair. Perfect make-up, perky boobs, great fashion.  If she could talk, she would always say exactly ...

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  • Connecting the arts and business

    From startups to Fortune 100 companies, a growing number of businesses are leveraging creativity to rethink, restructure and reposition their leadership, collaboration, communication and innovation. To ...

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  • Don’t Dodd-Frank your business

    The best business environments are self-regulating or as close to self-regulating as you can get them. Ten-to-one reporting relationships are manageable and profitable when the ...

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First of four myths about business success:

You have nothing to learn from Barbie

By Jane Miller

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Don’t Dodd-Frank your business

Simple but elegant is the answer

By Todd Ordal

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So, you want to be a public company director?

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By Taylor Simonton

The hard and soft edges of leadership

Steel and velvet

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Readers Respond

Chef Laura: Down with upspeak!

Oh, well, Peter Piper picked a pepper, I guess I did! (Thanks for the memories and the insight.) By Randy on 2014 04 24

Chef Laura: Down with upspeak!

Great article. One of your best. I particularly "like:" "In professional kitchens, if someone was fluent in upspeak, they would also be well-versed in unemployment." "You know" is another unnecessary popular verbal tic - also seeking affirmation, I presume. By PF on 2014 04 24

Close your mouth to close the sale

Thanks Liz for your insight. I try so hard to be a better listener. I can tell right away when I am not. I hear myself formulating my answers before someone is done talking. I catch myself and pay attention. By Marlene on 2014 04 23

10 ways to handle online reputation management

There's a free service I use to somewhat influence and manage the results that come up for a Google search on your name. Thought I'd share it with you and your readers. Give https://brandyourself.com/ a try. (PS. I do not work for them.) They also offer a concierge premium service but I haven't tried that. By Pashmina Lalchandani on 2014 04 23

Close your mouth to close the sale

Great Article........as you stated, Listening is key in building trust and creating a solid foundation to a business relationship. I can always improve in my listening skills. By Sam Dobbins on 2014 04 23

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