A Fine Line

Boarding the Ark 

September 10, 2022

Being next is the best place to be.  Standing in line waiting my turn can be an incredible opportunity to make new acquaintances, learn new things and be inspired to live another day with altered feelings. I can start my day a little grumpier than I should. It’s a “got up on the wrong side…

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A Fine Line – Be Nimble, Be Quick… and Listen 

August 8, 2022

“Pay attention and don’t believe everything you hear. Speak 20% and listen 80%, we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. If you’re the smartest person in the room, find another room.”  Treasure wisdom and choose your mentors carefully.  Success at business and life depend on it.  Competition Bias involves favoring information that…

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A Difference 

July 7, 2022

Over 5 million new businesses were started in 2021.  Optimism in America continues to impress.  Knowing that a million of those new businesses will fail in the first year doesn’t matter to the entrepreneur, especially in this country. Failure is a great teacher. We have the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison as examples of people…

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The Plan

June 5, 2022

As often as we hear about A Plan we believe that it’s the plan that is the thing. It isn’t. The execution is the thing. To arrive at the execution stage requires a proof of concept stage. Proving the concept of an idea can be a time-consuming process of research, study and hard work. Steps…

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Wars, Pandemics, and Recessions

May 10, 2022

Three years in and the Covid 19 pandemic with its variants weighs on minds around the world. To the public of the 21st Century connected by digital communication technologies seemingly everywhere, thoughts, news, ideas, and rumors spread faster than any pandemic in the history of our shared planet. That could be good or bad, depending…

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How Good is Good Enough?

April 6, 2022

We discover that something we thought was good enough, just wasn’t. We could have done better, tried harder, gone just a little farther. For a thousand reasons we stopped too soon, short of a better result.  You and I know that if we keep doing what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always…

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Crisis Management

March 8, 2022

Business failure rates are high. Every. Single. Year. Records indicate 100,000 more business failures occurred in 2021 than just the normal 400,000 when nothing unusual is going on. One business trainer frequently teaches students to “Fail fast.” Get it over with and move on. Failure happens for a multitude of reasons.  Blame it on the…

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Measuring the Economy

February 7, 2022

by Greg Henderson  We measure things with some of the oddest sort of ideas and statistics. Something big happens, say a big event like a war or a pandemic, or the government handing out money to keep the economy strong – or to maybe keep the citizens from revolting. But how big is the debt…

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Two Steps from Failure

January 5, 2022

An estimated 200,000 business closures have occurred in each of the first two years of the Covid19 pandemic. These are closures that happened because of Covid19 that would not otherwise have happened. In a typical year, absent Covid19, approximately 600,000 businesses will close their doors. But is that a distraction from the true cause of…

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Reset for 2022

December 4, 2021

Time for a reset and the full expectation of good times ahead! Happy Holidays to everyone. I have good feelings about next year.  It’s time to make December the month to prepare for a great beginning to the New Year. Wasn’t 2021 a real kick? We could do with a lot less of much of…

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A Field Full of Lessons and Gold

November 3, 2021

Forty years, and then some, ages the old bean truck. It became a part of the family’s life blood when dad bought it in the 60’s to carry 1500 pound boxes of the bean harvest from our farm on Mosby Creek to the cannery in Eugene; a harvest largely accomplished by hardworking kids needing money…

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Selling Widgets

October 5, 2021

Your favorite hobby may be the worst business idea you’ve ever had.  There are times when every businessperson gets so hung up on the product or service he/she is selling that the object of business is forgotten. I’ve been there many times. It becomes a trap.  Have you known someone who is the best at…

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