Category Archives: Protecting the business

Ready, fire, aim. Really?

You’ve surely heard the variations on this theme.  “Ready, fire aim” was popular in the 1990’s, accredited to any of several authors.  I used the term to describe my efforts in the artificial intelligence field, experimenting with new devices, the … Continue reading

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My dad said: “Never take on a business partner.”

My dad was a smart businessman, even if not formally trained. He occasionally gave me advice that turned out to be more than wise, looking back at subsequent experience and events.  His personal teaching event was a typical experience, as … Continue reading

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Decoding and learning from a business failure

Have you experienced a business failure? Are you currently at risk due to events you cannot control? Not all companies are successful. Your end game could be a failure of the business.  In fact, many angel investors or venture capitalists … Continue reading

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What would happen to the business if you die, leave or are disabled?

Yes, we’re invincible when young When we are young and early in our business lives, we feel infallible to the degree that we do not think of what might happen if we die while in office or decide to leave … Continue reading

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An economics lesson for growing companies

Catching up from past insights Growing companies usually require more working capital during their periods of rapid growth.  In past insights we have calculated the amount of additional capital needed for a business as it grows, and the additional capital … Continue reading

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Should you cast your net where the big fish swim?

This is one of those “My dad used to say” homilies.  You’ve probably heard the accompanying “It takes just as much effort to sell a small deal as a big one,” over the years. It is not that simple in … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about whistle-blowers

Assuming that a corporate whistle-blower is not tooting about you individually, such a class of people have been granted protections under the law and serve a function that needs to be acknowledged. Motive of the whistle-blower First, the assumption is … Continue reading

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Which is more important? Workplace safety or profits?

Its a new world out there Some businesses never sent people to work from home, told they were “essential businesses.”  Soon more will reopen as weeks and months go by.  That’s a relief for most of us from the combination … Continue reading

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Have you experienced your disaster recovery event yet?

Have you ever lost all your data on your smartphone, laptop, company server or desktop PC?  If not, it is probably only a matter of time until you do.  Those of us who have experienced this heart-stopping event now regularly … Continue reading

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Have you lost (some) enthusiasm for the job?

So, you’ve been at this for years through thick and thin, great days and days in which you’ve had better times.  Much of your job has become routine.  But it feels good to see your “baby” grow and others buy … Continue reading

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