Under-capitalization promotes creativity due to necessity being the mother of invention..
My Elders taught me, "any dummy can spend money; it takes real talent to make money stretch "and" grow your business".
I come from an emmigrant and blue-collar background on the non-ITI side; I'm the first person in either side of my family to go to college.
Among us ITI (Indigenous Turtle Islanders), it is not the norm to have graduated high school, so if someone goes to college, that's even more rare. Read more
With Mother’s Day just behind us, I was particularly moved by a letter
written four decades ago by a very special mom. My friend and colleague, Joe
Lyou, a brilliant advocate and strategist for environmental justice and a
cleaner environment in his own right, shared with me the letter written by his
mother that was so prophetic and profound.
I recently read an article on philanthropy.com written by Nicole Wallace that had some exciting news in it for small business owners that would like to let their customers know about their philanthropic giving, while really impacting their fellow entrepreneurs in developing nations. Advanta, "one of the largest credit card issuers in the small business market." has partnered with a very interesting organization by the name of Kiva. Briefly, Kiva is a charity based out of San Francisco that connects investors with entrepreneurs in developing countries.
New York — It may seem tasteless to say there is good news from China,
given all its suffering from last week’s catastrophic earthquake, but
there is good news. Wal-Mart, which gets my North River Management Grade A,
will respond to quality problems on Chinese goods by demanding
“traceabality information” from Chinese suppliers. This should drive
cash velocity improvements across large sections of Chinese industry,
good news for everyone.
If I don't get a lot of negative feedback from this post, I will be most surprised, because I'm going to address the current attitude that death - especially of many people at a time - is somehow "a problem" or "a tragedy".
Given that our Holy Mother the Earth currently has something like 6.5 BILLION people feeding from her right now, and She was only built to take care of about 3 Billion "maximum", death of large numbers of people, such as from the storm in Myanmar and the quake in China ARE NOT "tragedys", THEY ARE RELIEFS - from the stresses of over-population for all concerned. Read more
Products alone can no longer sustain a company as a market leader, nor
can products alone be depended upon to build a small business.
Companies across all industries must treat customer service
as their primary product - one that can be constantly improved.
Providing quality service does not simply provide a competitive edge;
it is the Critical Element. Some experts like to call them Moments of Truth . Read more
In this installment of the series, I will cover all of the books,
magazine, websites, and podcasts that you need to become an A-List
Blogger. These resources will give you the ammo to be the very best in
your field. (And if you think this amount of reading, watching,
researching, and learning is impossible, visit tomorrow when I will share the secrets of how to carve out at least 10 hours per week to study.)