Create Black Friday Hype Without Trampling Small Children

No sooner are people finishing the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner that the hottest sales and promotional events are seeming to be coming to a close. By Thursday night the 6:00 PM News is already recappig the adventures of consumers who slept outside a Target or Wal-Mart for the chance to buy an everyday item at [...]

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Caution: Fiscal Cliff Ahead

The aftermath of U.S. presidential election was filled with apocalyptic visions from the right-wing of the Republican Party and justifiably celebratory orations from the Democratic Party. The national news media, however, quickly turned their attention to the looming battle to take place over the holidays as the year 2012 comes to a close: The Fiscal Cliff. The [...]

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Your Demographic Time Bombing Is Ticking

Barely 24 hours after Dick Morris, the pudgy pundit from Fox News who rose to fame serving as an advisor to Bill Clinton during Clinton’s time as Arkansas Governor and U.S. President, predicted that Mitt Romney would win “in a landslide,” President Barack Obama was standing on a stage in Chicago delivering his acceptance speech. Dick Morris had declared Romney’s [...]

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Growing Your Business As Easy As Making Love

Harry Connick Jr. once crooned that there was indeed a recipe for making love: A little bit of me and a whole lot of you Add a dash of starlight and a dozen roses, too Then let it rise for a hundred years or two And that’s the recipe for making love It doesn’t need sugar [...]

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Ignorance Is The Curse Of God: Harnessing Intelligence

Old Bill Shakespeare, as Matt Foley The Motivational Speaker called him, did not believe that ignorance is bliss. In his Henry IV Part 2, Shakespeare had the soon-to-be-beheaded Lord Saye utter these important words of wisdom: And seeing ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. Ignorance is indeed the curse of God, [...]

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Regain Your Competitive Advantage With Plato’s Help

In Plato’s great dialogue Symposium, the Greek philosopher was famed to have made the statement that led to the coined phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This ancient nugget of wisdom is just as true today and applies not just to life lessons on the playground but to the world of economics as well. Value is [...]

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Returns On Customer: The Last Great Competitive Advantage

With the economy rebounding ever so weakly as Time Magazine so subtly put it, companies are beginning to take cash out of their coffers to grow their business. These corporate lock boxes have been figuratively reminiscent of Al Gore’s lock box reference in the 2000 Presidential Debate that were parodied on Saturday Night Live. These lock boxes have [...]

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Investing In Your Business For Growth: The Socially Responsible Thing To Do?

As America fights to continue their recovery from one of the worst economic recessions in recent memory, an interesting question is being posed on TV, online, in political debates, and right here: Do corporations have a social responsibility to invest for growth when the economy is still recovering? Given the presumed affect it has on job [...]

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As Economic News Trends Upwards, Companies Find Growth In Uncommon Places

Economic indicators for the U.S. and the state of Utah pointed upwards this week, with both the Conference Board’s release of its monthly Leading Economic Index (LEI) and the Wall Street Journal’s state-by-state report on the U.S. 5-year employment growth outlook. These small economic steps in the right direction have been earned as companies win [...]

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Firms Encouraged To Measure Twice, Cut Once: Navigating Conflicting Market Data

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail, the New York Times best seller and now HBO movie that chronicled the 2007-2008 economic crises, portrayed an environment in which executives too often had to make decisions in an environment where information, data and insight were fleeting and – sometimes – deceiving. Similarly, executives in Utah and across the U.S. find themselves in [...]

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