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The Art Of Accepting How Fragile Your Life Is

The Art Of Accepting How Fragile Your Life Is

A wise gentleman once told me that anyone can look back at their time to identify moments where mere seconds and inches changed everything.  Instances where just altering time or space by just a fraction would have brought us to the brink of catastrophe.

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Steve Jobs In Not Jesus Christ, Warren Buffet Not Moses

Steve Jobs In Not Jesus Christ, Warren Buffet Not Moses

Before we share those next Sayings Of Steve or the Wisdom Of Warren, how about instead we post a quote from the local printer on customer retention,  our neighbor the Etsy dealer on identifying consumer preferences,  or the nearby light manufacturer on employee satisfaction.

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Stay On Top Of These Four Trends

Stay On Top Of These Four Trends

We can’t control many of the factors that dictate whether, say, revenue rises or not. However, solid organizations control what they can.  One of these things is an awareness of the environment. Here are four trends in America that are worth considering as we launch into the new year:

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It’s The Most Wonderful Week Of The Year (for fundraising)

It’s The Most Wonderful Week Of The Year (for fundraising)

Dear Executive Directors, Nonprofit Boards and Development Staff, use the week between Christmas and New Years to get on the phones.  Keep your organization in the top of their minds. Do it not just for the money, but because it deepens the relationship with those already supporting you.  It is the right thing to do. 

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How To Understand Independence Day

How To Understand Independence Day

We, as individuals, are supreme.  When we wave that flag and light that firecracker we proclaim our individual right to liberty and to pursue – beyond the constrictions of our birth, our gender, our race, our economic status – a life of meaning and purpose. Independence Day is about the liberation of the individual.  This is worth celebrating every day of the year.

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We Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression

We Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression

First impressions are more important than we think. And as market research tells us, a negative impression is 8x more powerful than a positive one. Thus the critical moment in any interaction with a potential client comes in the blink of an eye. You may not make the sale in those first few moments, but you can easily lose one.

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The New Diversity Of Diversity

The New Diversity Of Diversity

Our freshest employees bring a deeper yearning for the type of diversity that goes beyond the usual parameters.  Just when we thought we had a handle on managing young employees, a new crop emerges to challenge us in more complex ways.

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