Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Mirror Test

Dr. Cory Dodd

On April 23, 1985, Roberto Goizetta, chairman of Coca-Cola, announced that “The best has been made even better.”   After 99 years the Coca-Cola Company had decided to abandon its original formula.  The competition, Pepsi, had become the preferred taste in the world of cola’s.  So Coke did what any competitive company would do.  It aggressively…

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Don’t Just Track Activity – Drive Productivity & Profitability

Dr. John Mlinarcik

“This Call May Be Recorded For Quality Purposes” We’ve all heard this disclaimer from time to time, but what does it really mean?  Everything?  Or nothing. Many companies use call tracking and recording services to measure advertising response, capture caller information and monitor sales performance.  While tracking technology provides useful business intelligence, in most enterprises…

Thankful = Action

Gavriels Horn. Sponsored by Callbutton

Gratitude is the most fleeting of all human emotions. We forget that we are free. We forget how hard our forefathers fought to create this country. We forget how good we really have it. Since 1614, Americans have stopped to give thanks for the blessings that this country afforded them–Thanksgiving. Today Americans honor that centuries-old…

3 Ways to Harness Your Fear

May Busch

Fear /fɪər/ (noun) – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; concern or anxiety. [1] Since prehistoric times, fear has proven useful to our survival, both individually and as a species.  These days, however, fear more often can hold us back from enjoying the success…

So you’re on a team, but is it a real team?

Gavriels Horn. Sponsored by Callbutton

Teams, teams, teams—everywhere we look organizations are using teams—church, business, schools, and government are deploying teams. There are worship teams, medical teams, quality teams, virtual teams, teaching teams, and even the person who served my coffee this morning had “team leader” on her name tag. Teams seem to be the new vogue organizational answer to…

I Love Cholesterol

Dr. Phil Wagner

              How could you not be in love with cholesterol? It is in every cell of your body; it is the building block for steroids like testosterone, and even reduces muscle soreness. But you’ve probably also heard that high cholesterol can kill you, that a diet of meat and…

Leadership Lessons From Mathematical Economics

Patrick Orr

Nash Equilibrium Nash Equilibrium typically falls under the “Game Theory” umbrella of economic analysis, and is generally a very involved mathematical concept.  Yet, if we take a step back and view Nash Equilibrium from a macro level, it really drives home a key leadership concept – finding the “best response” to a given situation. From…

Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street, Thank a Veteran

Gavriels Horn. Sponsored by Callbutton

One fact that is often overlooked in America is the splendor of individual and collective activism—Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) are two such examples. The right to free speech and the right to assembly are core tenets in our American tradition. Lest we forget, freedom is not free. Today is the day to…

Two Business Lessons from an Olympic Fencing Hopeful

May Busch Photo (cropped)

Fencing is a lot like business, and perhaps even life in general.  I learned this recently at the British Youth Championships, watching my friends’ 12-year old son compete and listening to his coach (who is an Olympic fencing hopeful for 2012) advise him in between matches. The first great piece of advice the coach gave…

On The Use Of Time

Gavriels Horn

Lately, between coursework, extracurricular activities, and college applications, I’ve definitely been getting way too little sleep.  If there was an Olympic event measuring darkness of under-eye circles, I would be in the running for the gold medal.  There never seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to be done. …