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Foster Sayers: The Making Of An American Hero

Foster Sayers: The Making Of An American Hero

Sayers was just a country kid from Centre County, Pennsylvania. Some called him a bit of a roustabout…a ruffian…nobody special. Feeling a bit aimless he volunteered for the US Army in the middle of WWII. Nothing in his training or service made him stand out as anything special. Just another kid taking part in the most destructive war in history. Then one day he became legend.

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How Entrepreneurs Will Save Education In Erie PA

How Entrepreneurs Will Save Education In Erie PA

Even if the threat to disband Erie Public Schools is just cheap theater, we should consider that this is actually the optimal course. After all, often the best thing for the health of a forest is to burn it to the ground. It is our foremost responsibility of our entrepreneurs to recognize rethink and re-imagine our core institutions.

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7 Reasons Why We Need To Be Public Speakers

7 Reasons Why We Need To Be Public Speakers

We need to make public speaking a core competency throughout our organization. If you don’t believe me, will you believe the richest man alive? Warren Buffett once told a group of aspiring entrepreneurs he would pay those in the room $100,000 for 10 percent of their start-up. If they were good presenters, he would raise his bid by 50 percent because public speaking would make his ‘investment’ more valuable.

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Take Part In The Strengths Revolution

Take Part In The Strengths Revolution

We become preoccupied by identifying what’s wrong and then pouring massive amounts of resources onto fixing “the problem”. But what if we were to take that same precious energy and used it to build upon what we do well? Might we benefit more by improving what we are doing right? Is there value in building upon strengths versus fixing weaknesses?

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We Can Get More Business Through Our Philanthropy

We Can Get More Business Through Our Philanthropy

If there is one common complaint I hear from small business, it is the frustration of dealing with a huge volume of requests from charitable organizations. As one beleaguered storefront owner shared a recent Chamber of Commerce gathering, “I get 40 requests per month. That’s more than one per day. I can’t say yes to all, but don’t know how to pick and choose which ones are right for me”.

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When You Have To Fire Someone You Like

When You Have To Fire Someone You Like

Firing someone is a painful and emotional experience. I hate it….hate, hate, hate. It’s a big blow to someone’s financial, emotional and personal life; but if you’re skittish about firing someone because of how it affects you, then you have no business being in a position of leadership. Double down on this if it’s a small nonprofit where you can afford no dead wood.

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The Damage From ‘Just Doing Your Job’

The Damage From ‘Just Doing Your Job’

Hannah Arendt described the ‘Banality Of Evil‘ of the Nazi empire as one where a lot of really smart people – ordinary people – who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view their actions were normal. So much of the BS we accept in life we do so because we think it normal.

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