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    Are You Easily Distracted? – Hello?

    - by Ed Giles

    There are diversions to help us get through our day and work more productively, and there are distractions that keep us from doing our work altogether.  They range from never-ending stories from two colleagues standing at your desk talking to each other (and not you), a barrage of emails, the dog wanting to go out or, in my case, the cat wanting to come in.  The modern workplace can often make it difficult to actually get any work done!  We all have to deal with interruptions and distractions at the office, but the good news is that a few simple time-management techniques can…

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    A New Beginning

    - by Joseph Paris

    I am going to call 2008 “The Year of Quicksand”. 2008 started-out relatively strong and at-ease – but this proved deceptive as the observable global heath was hiding the real rot underneath. All it took was one miss-step, and the struggle began. And it seemed that the more we struggled, the deeper we sank – just like quicksand. By any stretch of the imagination, it has been a very tumultuous year. Every day, we are endlessly bombarded with tales of conflict and crisis from every source of media and gossip. It gets to the point where, to some, the news…

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    Question: How do I Increase My Sales in a Down Economy? Answer: Sell.

    - by Joseph Paris

    I have been reading countless articles, and listening to as many newscasts, that all forecast a dismal Holiday season for retailers. And it seems that every retailer is warning their investors to prepare for the worst: lower overall sales, lower margins, lower same-store sales, etc… The news is grim, as customers reportedly tighten their purse-strings in the face of uncertainty. But it seems that what every retailer that I have recently experienced seems to have forgotten is that they should hire fewer “clerks” and more “salespeople”. I am going to give you a recent experience… In search of Hearth Gloves: I…

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    The 7 Wastes

    - by Joseph Paris

    We are living through testing times… Our governments are being tested as they try to enact programs to instill confidence in the economy and their constituents. Companies are being tested as they are forced to react to dramatic challenges in the marketplace that have seemingly materialized overnight and without warning. Individuals are being tested in the security of themselves and their families. Although not a perfect gauge for the state of the economy, the Dow Jones industrial average has dropped from a high of just over 14,000 in the beginning of October 2007 to a low of just under 8,400…

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    I Thought I was Wrong Once…But I was Mistaken

    - by Joseph Paris

    I was in Barnes & Noble over the weekend and beheld a seemingly endless collection of business books.  Whilst thumbing through them, I noticed a mantra that almost all of the ones I looked at had in common – it’s not necessary to be completely right all of the time. Later that evening, I was looking at my own library of leadership books (not to be confused with business books – though there is some overlap) and noticed that they shared the same shunning of the pursuit of perfection in favour of incremental progress. For instance, in David Freedman’s book,…

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    Risk Mitigation For Business Leaders

    - by Joseph Paris

    In the “legion,” you march or die… As business leaders, sometimes we march because we are driven by opportunity to accomplishment, and sometimes we are forced to march to thwart a threat. … But march we must. The media has devoted a lot of energy as of late fanning the flames that the economy is in a precarious state, based upon the threats (real or perceived) from a diversity of sources. From the rising price of oil and other commodities, to the bursting of the real estate bubble and subsequent credit crunch, to the fall of the dollar, to the…

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