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A Different Point of View

Image source: www.wpclipart.com “Trick or treat.” The small costumed beggar opened his candy bag as he uttered the familiar refrain. “Let’s do a treat,” the candy giver said. The beggar’s mother clapped her hands. “Isn’t that nice?” she asked him. “She’s going to treat you instead of tricking you.” “Thanks,” said the boy, and the two of them walked away,…

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Letting Go

A four foot snake skin decorates the shepherd’s hook in the garden, relocated there from the snag in the wood fence where the black snake discarded it last summer. Assuming the snake survives the cold of the coming winter and the blades of the mower next spring, eventually a longer shed skin will await discovery. The shedding, called ecdysis, is…

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Down the Road

Image source: www.public-domain-image.com The gas station on the corner of the main road always has the highest prices, yet remains busy. Why? Because there’s no other gas station within visible distance. The competition, though less than a half mile away, is around the bend, down a side street, out of sight. Some who pull into the station on the corner…

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Planning Ahead

The wasp walked along the pavers, wings folded, probing each gap between siding and stone with quivering antenna. Then–discovery! A meal in the form of a pupa as large as the wasp itself. Grabbing the prize, the wasp raced along its previous path, circling here, sprinting straightaway there. The pupa was long and difficult to hold. The wasp dropped and…

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Old vs. New

High on the list of business platitudes is the stock phrase that it costs more to acquire a new client than it does to retain an existing client. Statistics backing up the claim are difficult to find, yet you’ll find it repeated in various publications, including one that prides itself on business coverage: The Wall Street Journal. Perhaps such widespread…

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Sink or Swim

Image source: Flickr.com user “The Jamoker” via Wikimedia Commons In light of several recent drownings, a news article examined the question of why people tend to drown together. The article writer’s conclusion: Most people don’t know how to help someone who’s drowning. In business offices, a similar phenomenon exists. You may know it as “Sink or Swim” (SOS). Managers who subscribe…

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Disposing of the Diode

The doorbell quit working when the new novelty button was installed. Oh, the chime tried to sound. But instead of a pretty, eight note melody, pushing the new button produced only two notes of music, followed by a grinding noise. “Faulty part,” said the repairman, as he tossed the old, faded button in the trash. “Buy a new one.” The…

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Taking Your Own Advice

Source: Public Domain Image via WikiMedia Commons Do you have a will? Life insurance? A financial plan? Are your business records in order? Or are you so busy you forget to follow your own advice–the very advice you expect your clients to heed? If the second paragraph describes you, it’s time to quit talking and get busy. Implementing your own…

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The Construction Time Zone

Image source: Public domain (NARA) via Wikimedia Commons If you’ve ever had repair work done on your home or office, you’re familiar with the construction time zone. The CTZ is different than regular time zones like the three hour lag between the East and West coasts in the US. In the CTZ, a normal week is converted into one construction…

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Defining Good Enough

Image source: Redwood1 via Flickr.com “It’s only off a dollar.” Depending on your mindset, as an accountant that sentence either makes you shake your head in annoyance or nod your approval. If you’re in the first category, you’re thinking, “Yes, and it doesn’t HAVE to be off, not even by a dollar.” If you’re in the second, you’re thinking, “No…

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