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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.


Power, Politics, Sex, and Religion (yes, this is a business blog)

The primary goal of a business is to create value for its customers, and each business relies on its employees to deliver that value. Employees who feel respected, safe, and appreciated do a much better job of delivering customer value than employees who feel compelled to put up self-protective walls.

Nurture Vendor Relationships for Retail Success

Your approach to and appreciation for vendor relationships plays a vital role in your success. Retailers who actively build product channels reap the rewards.

Why Are We Still Fighting About Lab Grown Diamonds?

The jewelry industry continues to take polarized positions on lab-grown diamonds.

What's Your Merchandising Point of View?

Your Merchandising Point of View is the thing that draws your ideal customers in, keeps them engaged, and differentiates you from your competitors.


Sit. Crawl. Walk. Run. Stairs. The Strategic Process

If you follow a logical, tested, practical strategic process, you can implement all the strategic building blocks your company needs to be competitive and successful.

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.

Criticism: The fire in the forge of great leadership

A great leader goes beyond those characteristics to combine a blend of intense personal will with great humility.

Resolution #2: Become a Better Thinker

Most folks don't think. We react, daydream, deny, endorse, commiserate, argue, wish, and even wonder. But being a thinker is different.

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 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.

Right Action Begets Right Action

The right action of which I speak is the right management, right planning and right leadership action necessary to run a profitable business that will fund the rest of our altruistic notions.

Caution! Don't Try This at Home

The truth is, nearly every manager demonstrates a little FETCH once in a while.

The Small Business Leadership Challenge

Leadership requires a lot of consistency and discipline and is one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners.

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.

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.

Looking for Success? Implement a Management Framework.

You've created a business strategy, minimum viable product or service, and a business plan. Now you need goals, measurable objectives, and a method of monitoring and managing results; in other words, a Management Framework. This article compares and explains your options.

The Lost Art of Intention

What we really need now are a few good intentions.


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Hmm . . . my favorite new term-of-the-week: Ratlicker
"A person who refuses to wear a mask, or take any of the basic precautions to help society prevent an air born illness during an epidemic. ( In reference to the bubonic plague being spread by rats. )"

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

Well, Catholics pray to saints," I mutter to myself as I begin my nightly prayer to RBG.

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.

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.

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.

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