Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Blue Grotto

Grotta azzurra, Capri, Italy

There was a report last week that The Blue Grotto, one of Italy‘s most-visited tourist locations had been fouled by raw sewage.  The suspicion was that some local mafiosi had dumped the waste they’d been paid to haul away in the water rather than pay the dumping fees to increase their profits.  Fortunately, in the few intervening days, the smell has gone away and the early reports may have been wrong.  But the entire incident got me thinking anyway about how many business people do the same sort of dumb things. Continue reading

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The Best Ingredients

Supermarket in São Paulo

Why does food taste so much better in a restaurant?  I’m not talking about really complicated dishes prepared with weird components.  Even plain, grilled fish or a simple plate of spaghetti and clams can taste way better than what you or I can prepare even though no complicated cooking techniques are involved.  Heck, make a fire, throw on a steak, season it a bit, pay attention – dinner, right?  And what does this have to do with business? Continue reading

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Riders on the Storm

A heap of :en:Pandalus borealis shrimp.

My friend Bryant and I were emailing back and forth the other day and we got on the topic (fairly quickly) of the economy and how the extended downturn is affecting everyone. There isn’t a business person I know who hasn’t seen a big change over the last 18 months, and I’m sure you and your business fall into that very large bucket.
As we went back and forth, Bryant laid his latest favorite quote on me, one from Mr. Gump, which struck me as something to which we all need pay attention and act accordingly. Continue reading

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