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    In the beginning, all five or 10 of you move in the same direction, inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and the founder’s clearly articulated ...

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  • Taxes today: Higher, lower or just different?

    I remember the tax-cutting years in previous political eras. Those were the good old days. Now it’s easy to get the impression we ...

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  • 2014 Top 10 Most Powerful Salespeople

    Sure, these charismatic folks know how to network their tails off and could probably sell the Brooklyn Bridge to a New York native. But being ...

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  • Executive edge: Sherry Ray

    In the 1970s and 1980s, Sherry Ray ran operational divisions of Fortune 1,000 companies. Through the early-mid 1990s, she was a leading sales professional at now-defunct ...

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  • Stop those hang-ups!

    The sound of being hung up on is the bane of every telephone prospector and sales person's efforts to sell. We try to be ...

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  • Profiting from play

    I was fortunate to spend 20 years helping grow Kinko’s. In our “formative” years, we had lots of fun. Perhaps too much ...

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  • Think tank experts

    Currently 27 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world—more today than in any other time in history. About 80 ...

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Operational excellence and reality

Where’s the vision when you’re far from the front line?

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

(1) Reader Responses

Taxes today: Higher, lower or just different?

Steps taxpayers take to cope

By Mira Finé

Stop those hang-ups!

Don't people know it's rude?

By Sam Dobbins

(3) Reader Responses

Top 10 acquisition considerations

Perform your due diligence

By Rodney Rice & Ben Barnes

Profiting from play

Fun is a crucial part of business

By Todd Ordal

(2) Reader Responses

Business development: All in, all the time

Use office collaboration to grow

By John Genell

Think tank experts

Kimba Langas and Dave Terpstra

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Unintended consequences of low interest rates

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Use this mental toughness skill ...

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Chef Laura: FIFO that FOMO!

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By Laura Cook Newman

(6) Reader Responses

Government disrupt, take two

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Operational excellence and reality

Great article, great points. By CFO on 2014 08 01

Profiting from play

Thanks "CFO!" While we can't put "fun" on the balance sheet, it is a desirable asset! By Todd Ordal on 2014 07 31

Tech startup: PrintReleaf

@Mike - thanks for your comments. I clicked on your link, but there was no text in the article; maybe it's for subscribers only. As for PrintReleaf, I obviously disagree. Planting trees does A LOT in the 'real world'...especially given where we're planting them. Through tree planting, we provide jobs, restore water tables, rebuild local economies, all while certifiably reforesting paper. About only 1 out of every 10 sheets of paper is certified for reforestation. We, along with our partners and customers, are changing that and making an impact. You are correct when you cite that forests are cut down every day and others are planted. Unfortunately, net-net, on global scale (not 'National'), we've cut down far more than we've put back...and that's where our value proposition takes hold. Feel free to contact me at jdarragh@printreleaf.com. By Jordan Darragh on 2014 07 31

Stop those hang-ups!

Perfect timing, I am of those that will hang up perhaps in less than 1 minute. Why is it so hard for a "cold caller" to summarize to me what they are selling in three or less sentences when I directly ask them to do that within the 1st minute on the phone? I promise not to waste even one more minute of our joint time if I do not wish to hear more about what is being offered. But how do I not waste time if the caller cannot in nutshell (3 or less sentences) tell me what is being offered? After I know what the “nutshell” is then I can decide if I want to crack it open or not, pass it along to someone else I know or maybe later have someone get back to me. By Christy Yale on 2014 07 31

Stop those hang-ups!

Time article. I've received the same call for three days from the same company/solicitor for services that I don't want or need. They've been pushy, rude and inattentive. Even if I wanted or needed their services, they would not earn my business. By CFO on 2014 07 31

Stop those hang-ups!

Once again Sam you nailed it. Sad thing is that the "bad" technique you talked about is STILL being taught and used. Then sales people wonder why they cant't get people to call them back or respond in a positive way. Great article. By liz wendling on 2014 07 31

Profiting from play

I could not agree more! A fun work environment builds strong teams, productivity and satisfaction of both employees and clients; all of which support growth of the bottom line. By CFO on 2014 07 30

Chef Laura: FIFO that FOMO!

Love your articles Chef Laura. However as for this one I sure hope you and your chef friends have it wrong.....except for the Beer in your Keurig. As a simple Texas Boy I am ok with most of the traditional meals are see being pushed aside. Hopefully there is a innovative chef that will find a way to make meat & potatoes on-trend and fun! By James Redou on 2014 07 28

Tech startup: PrintReleaf

I have come to see that the offset business model is just marketing. If you want to help someone, donate your products and services. Planting a tree doesn't do much in the real world, when the National Forest Service is busy spending tax dollars to clear-cut 1000s of acres. Really. http://www.summitdaily.com/news/12164808-113/clear-county-summit-everyone By Mike on 2014 07 27

Chef Laura: FIFO that FOMO!

The future is here! (and we all benefit!) http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140719-keurig-machine-for-beer-garners-crowdfunding-interest.ece Terri - I will check out those sardines at The Source. By Chef Laura on 2014 07 25
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