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Ensuring that women remain dependent on men keeps us from achieving a world where men and women equally share power. Keeping women out of church leadership ensures that women's voices cannot influence change. Women cannot achieve our full potential when we are economically disadvantaged, burdened with unwanted pregnancies, single-parenting without child-care, emotional support, or economic resources, or locked in terrible or even dangerous marriages.
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.


Dignity At Work Shouldn't Be a Contradiction

What does it mean to honor an employee's dignity?

All Dressed Up But Don't Know Where You're Going

Today's web development tools put the majority of web development tasks within reach of everyone but the most fearful of computer users. Put these six exercises to work for you first, and you will dramatically improve the odds that your website will deliver results.

Social Media: Get in or Get Out

Every technological advancement presents both new opportunities and new demands— and today’s social media conversations are remarkably similar to the answering machine conversations. Some of these technologies fade away, but social media is here—if not to stay, certainly for the near future.

You're Selling to Feelings, Not Reason

Consumers - female and male - buy based on emotion, not logic. No matter how many facts and statistics they cite, they ultimately buy based on how you made them feel.

Hold the crystal goblet, give me the Boone’s Farm

Given a choice between delivery devices and content (assuming the delivery device isn’t required to get at the content) one should choose the content!


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.

Don't Let This Industrial Revolution Pass You By

Do you have enough information to analyze your business from product to price to timing to turns?

What's Your Business Vision?

A thoughtful review of your business vision (the strategic one) will yield surprising insights that can jumpstart your business again.

The Rudiments of Engagement

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

Be a Better Leader Part 5: Be the Brand Builder

Strong brands are a direct reflection of strong leadership. Embrace your role as the primary brand builder for your organization.

The Rudiments of Engagement

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

The Few, The Proud . . . Mostly the Few

An entity worthy of allegiance, clearly defined challenges that require significant effort to achieve, and strong leadership. That’s the recipe for creating pride in a workplace.

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.

Be a Better Leader Part 4: Create a Strong Business Culture

Strong leaders are integral to healthy business behavior. To influence the behavior of your organization, define a business culture and cultural norms.

Cinderella Teams and Giant Killers

Small businesses have a distinct advantage that large businesses do not have, and one of the things we must do is exploit this advantage to the maximum extent. What is it? Our ability to be flat, networked, and flexible.

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.

The Knee Bone's Connected to the . . . (or, A Cure for All Manner of Social Problems

This failure to make connections is not isolated to the medical community. Business owners regularly fail to make the connections necessary to ensure the health of their businesses.

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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I sometimes wonder what our country would be like today if Christians had thrown themselves into eradicating poverty or inequality with the same energy they invested in fighting abortion.

It's surprising how many people are not aware of their reasons for doing things. They think they know, but when asked to reflect upon it, they don't. Why are you in business? Why are you pursuing this role? Why are you frustrated, lonely, anxious, doubting? Why are you making this decision? Why aren't you asking for help? If you ask why before deciding what, who, how, or when, you will come up with a stronger answer every time. In business, why is the essence of strategy. In life, why is the essence of progress.

"The tricky thing about hope is to not confuse it with optimism." Rebecca Solnit

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.

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.

"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
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