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Stop Distracting Yourself with Ineffective Advertising

A lack of appreciation for the professional skills required to produce excellent advertising is contributing to a level of management distraction that is bad for business (and a lot of bad advertising). Here are some things we should do instead.
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

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.
Merchandising

Know the Message in Your Medium

Remember the book – and the saying – the medium is the message? Marketers must consider the mediums that are most relevant for the delivery of the message.
Marketing

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.
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

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.

Leadership

Is it about the economy? It's about the leadership stupid.

The job of leadership is a big one – whether it is leading a country or leading a department.
Management

Integrity is A Russian Doll

An integrity-infused business is all-or-nothing. You’re either feeling it or you’re not, and if you’re not feeling it, it will bite you in the bottom line.
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

All of the Responsibility, None of the Authority

Here are some of the key structures that are absolutely necessary when converting to a more team-based organization.
Management

Don't Play a Zero Sum Game

Selling is understanding what a customer needs, then providing solution to their needs. A good sales effort tells the customer what to decide.
Management

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.
Management

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.
Management

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.
Management

Auld Lang Syne

Many companies will conduct their annual employee reviews at the beginning of the new calendar year. Here are the key elements for ensuring a good review process.
Management

Don't be a Virtual Leader

If you find yourself assembling virtual teams of home-based contract workers, you will need to develop new skills and sensitivities to motivate, manage, and assess them.
Management

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.
Management

Everything I Need to Know About Sexual Harassment I Learned in Kindergarten

Sexual harassment isn’t about sex. It’s about power.

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"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

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.

Don't get FOMO over unicorns in the news. It's not usually the first person with the idea who makes the money, or even the first person who invests the cash. The person who invests the discipline is always the one to bet on.

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

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.

At the end of the day, we all have to fight our demons alone. And I think that's the source of loneliness. If you spend your whole life insisting there are no demons to fight or hiding your demons or determined to fight them in private, you end up existentially alone.

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