Teamwork

Image source: openclipart.org Tax simplification is the topic of the day once again. Senate finance committee members are holding meetings with experts to listen to and weigh proposals for reducing complexity in the US tax code. At the same time, other senators and congressmen continue to propose amendments to the existing code. A check of GovTrack shows four bills introduced…

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Listen

Image source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net The notice in the newspaper told of an ordinary life, yet the details wove a rich history. How could so few have known of the wealth of experiences hidden behind the quiet exterior? The discovery came too late for those of us who neglected to pause, to acknowledge, to pay attention. For want of the simple act…

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Full of Beans

Image source: www.totallyfreeimages.com The green bean plants sprawl across the garden, the thick canopy of leaves protecting the roots and the edible pods. In the abundance of greenery, it’s easy to miss the pods when you’re out there picking a mess of beans for dinner. They hide in plain sight, invisible–at least to you–until someone else points them out. Then…

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Measuring Productivity

Image source http://openclipart.org The UPS driver no longer rings the bell in our neighborhood. Instead, you hear the roar of a heavy engine and you open the door in time to see the brown delivery truck as it pulls away in a puff of diesel. If the driver spots you, you might get a wave as you retrieve your package…

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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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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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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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