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Principles of Graphic Design

One of the biggest changes of the internet age is hardly ever mentioned: people without formal training in graphic design produce a huge percentage of all the visuals we see today. That's not necessarily a good thing.  It started when computerized design became accessible in the mid '90s. Soon, everyone who could figure out the software started calling themselves graphic designers. But one can know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator without any understanding of the principl...
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

Everything You Know About Luxury Has Changed

Millennials are changing everything we know about luxury. Here are 5 key areas your luxury business must master to stay relevant.
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

What I Wish Consumers Knew About Buying Designer Jewelry

When you introduce someone to the joy of buying art the experience can be transformative. Consumers should have that experience buying designer jewelry.

Ethics

Your (Character) Slip is Showing

The most powerful thing a small business owner can do is be an effective leader, and ensure his entire organization conveys a strong message of character and integrity to his business community
Merchandising

The Real Real Thing

Gone are the days when a company could build a brand around things like good service, fast shipping, low prices, high quality, or good selection. Those things are now the minimum standard necessary to compete.
Marketing

You Can't Fake This

Here's an example of what happens when even one detail of your operations, sales, or marketing fails to be consistent with the brand you have created.
Retail

What I Wish Consumers Knew About Buying Designer Jewelry

When you introduce someone to the joy of buying art the experience can be transformative. Consumers should have that experience buying designer jewelry.
Branding

Change Mismanagement

The types of changes you should – and should not – make during a recession are the same types of change you should consider during a strong economy.

Leadership

Help is On the Way! (but did you ask for help?)

Knowing you need help and willingness to ask for help are very different. Only those who truly want help can benefit. And help often determines success.
Management

The Gift That Keeps On Giving? Technical Skills

You already know that reading, writing, and an education are a requirement for success. Now you must add technical skills to that list.
Management

The Rudiments of Engagement

Getting a management team engaged is both financially and personally rewarding. The concepts described here will help get you started.
Management

Karma Crackers in My Soup

Push people because you owe it to them, not because they’ll appreciate it – because they won’t.
Management

The Administrative Answer to Wisdom at Work

The larger a business grows, the more difficult it is to manage communication among all of its constituents. Some policies are unavoidable, but it is desirable for an environment to operate on sound principles rather than rules and policies to the greatest extent possible.
Management

Being a Better Leader Part 3: Be a Student of Business

To be a better leader, be a student of business. This article gives advice on what areas to study and where to go to find that information.
Management

Hello Kitty

The question of how to create and sustain accountability for behavior is one that comes up regularly in business. The answer to this question is clear, but it’s not easy.
Management

Make Time to Plan

Making time to plan is the most important thing you can do.
Management

I Had This Wrong for 20 Years: Profit is Not a Purpose

Had I stopped to think deeply about it, I would have realized much sooner that profit and a higher purpose are not mutually exclusive.
Management

Who Says Purgatory's Just for Catholics?

Tips on how to make meetings more powerful, to develop strong facilitators, and to become more effective as a management team.
Management

No Poo Throwing

Better decision making starts with accepting requests gracefully and responding to them logically. Read on too see if you are guilty of a deflection strategy that gets in the way of good communication and results!
Management

Molecular Transformation Begins at Home

Many people become so overwhelmed at the notion of transforming their entire organization that they never get past thinking about it. Think much smaller.
Management

Past Time for Change - A Post to the Jewelry Industry

A business living on auto-pilot ultimately dies of its own apathy. In business, every time is a time for change, and change is the only way to grow.

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2020 is total pants.

If you ask why before deciding what, who, how, or when, you will come up with a stronger answer every time. Why is the essence of strategy.

It's not usually the first person with the idea who makes the money, but the first person who invests the cash - and more importantly, the discipline - who does.

"Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”
William James

Perfectionism is a luxury for (starving) artists, or artists with benefactors. The rest of us must learn the difference between being in love with our own ideas and being in love with progress.

Maybe the reason its so hard to remain in quarantine is that it's hard to outrun sadness when you're forced to be still.

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