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THE SUPREME VIRTUE OF ‘HAVING BEEN’

THE SUPREME VIRTUE OF ‘HAVING BEEN’

“Man considers only the stubble field of transitoriness, and overlooks the full granaries of the past, wherein he has salvaged once and for all his deeds, his joys, and also his sufferings.  Nothing can be undone, and nothing can be done away with.  I should say, having been is the surest kind of being.” My text for this post comes from Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor who developed...

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11 FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS CONCEPTS

11 FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS CONCEPTS

“Conceptual thinking is the skeleton or the framework on which all the other choices are sorted out.  A concept is by its nature an oversimplification.  Yet its fundamental relationships are so powerful and important that they will tend to override all except the most extreme exceptions.” So wrote the Pope of business thinking – Bruce Henderson – in 1977.  “Concepts are simple in statement,” he...

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CARING & THE POWER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

CARING & THE POWER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

We all carry around with us something of infinite power and creativity. Few of us realize that we do or tap into its power. I’m talking about the unconscious mind – also called the subconscious. In this post I give some examples of how it works, and then turn our attention to the key condition for using this fabulous and neglected asset. The American playwright Neil Simon says, “I don’t write...

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BOOKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ

BOOKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ

I recently had a lot of interest for my post “here”about Philip K Dick’s great book The Man in the High Castle, and I’m always interested in the books that friends read, so here I’m going to give a bunch of authors and books I really rate – a mixed bag of fiction, business, and other non-fiction. Robert Goddard is an English writer of middlebrow, mainly historical, thrillers.  I’ve...

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RECYCLE THE 10 GREATEST BUSINESS IDEAS OF ALL TIME

RECYCLE THE 10 GREATEST BUSINESS IDEAS OF ALL TIME

If you want to succeed, don’t innovate. Imitate. Andrew Black – known to his friends and close associates as “Bert” or “Bertie” – is the greatest genius and innovator I know. Except he didn’t really innovate. He tweaked an old idea and used it in a new context, and made a firm worth over $3 billion. He invented the idea of person-to-person betting, cutting out the bookmaker. As a brilliant...

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