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Entitled People Aren’t Great Executives

There is a story this morning in USA Today about frequent fliers and how courtesy in the skies is a long-gone thing. It really sounded very familiar – someone on a plane behaving as if it is their own private jet instead of shared space. It came on the heels of another post yesterday on a local blog here about people who park in handicapped spaces without stickers. This blog had written the day prior about people “reserving” sections of our local beach even though there are clear rules against it.  The Mrs. calls it the “rules don’t apply to me” attitude and views it as a safety issue.  After all, how often do you see someone driving while on the phone or looking down at their phone to text as they roll through a stop sign?  We see it a lot.
So what does this have to do with business, you ask? It has to do with a entitled mindset and THAT, dear readers, has a lot to do with business success – or lack thereof! Continue reading

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The Big Lie

A note to start.  This is the third time I’m rewriting this piece.  The first draft was written after watching a news piece on the phone hacking by the News of the World criminals in London.  After calming down and rereading it, I thought that the numerous obscenities that spewed as I wrote it should be deleted.  Please don’t take that as a lack of passion on the subject.  This third time is after a night’s sleep and a little more thought.

You’ve probably heard about the hacking scandal going on in England.  No, this one isn’t about terrorists trying to steal defense secrets nor criminals going after bank accounts.  It’s “reporters” from a Murdoch-owned paper hacking into the voice mails of celebrities and others.  In the most notorious incident of late, these morons deleted voice mails of a murder victim as the box filled up so they could try to get more material.  This gave false hope to the young girl’s family that she might still be alive and who knows what it did to the investigation as they deleted evidence.  The report on this evening’s news had News Corp promising a “full investigation” and that’s what has me so exorcised at the moment since it’s a huge business point in my mind. Continue reading

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Tit For Tat

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I was reading something yesterday which, on the surface, seems pretty innocuous but which, in my opinion, can herald the start of a really dangerous trend.  Then again, given the state of some parts of the media today, maybe I’m just late to the dance.  As usual, I’ll let you guys decide.

The article was written in the Sydney Morning Herald (you have to love the way we all can read any paper in the world!) and features everyone’s favorite media baron, Rupert.  It’s not so much as what’s here but where the road leads. Continue reading

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