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5 Things Beyoncé Can Teach You About Courage

Pshaw, you say. That girl doesn’t need courage, she can sing. She can move. But Beyoncé wasn’t always Beyoncé. She used to have two names, just like you. Courage is what allowed her to put in her 20,000 hours, to push through the crowd of less remarkable artists, to leap over the hurdles the industry

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Arghhh! What’s Happening to UPS?

They used to be so reliable. So solid. So … brown. Now, apparently, if you want a package picked up, you have to time it just right and run alongside the truck as it drives by. Trip on a crack in the pavement and you’re done for. Why so glum? Let me tell you a

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5 Things Chipotle Can Teach Your Company

Everyone’s all atwitter about Chipotle right now. Why? Because they’re redefining the fast-casual food industry with organic ingredients, sustainably farmed food, and a fresh, new way of managing people. Even those of us who work outside the hospitality industry can learn a few things from their success: Change is Good – Chipotle didn’t start out

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Why Can’t Banks Be More Like Chipotle?

Okay, okay. So I should have had more for breakfast. But I had that thing to do! Then that other thing came up. Then that person stopped me with a “quick” question. Then I had to catch a plane. By the time I landed, I was seeing stars. I needed lunch, stat. With another meeting

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10 Ways to Get Down to Business This Summer

The official first day of summer is right around the corner. The pools are open. The barbecues have begun. People are in the shopping mood. The sun is shining and the air is full of possibilities for your business. Here’s how you can make the most of them. 1. Go Rogue – I know you

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3 Things Philz Coffee Does Right

Northern California’s Philz Coffee is riding the third wave of coffee in style and nailing customer service like its never been nailed before. Want to boost revenues and/or scale your business by building solid, long-lasting customer relationships? Take a clue from Philz’ third wave moves: 1. HIRE FOR STYLE – Philz looks for passion and

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Before You Drink Another Cup of Coffee, Read This

There’s something different about you today. No, wait. Don’t tell me. Let me guess. You slept well last night for the first time in ages without meds. No, hold on, your IPO blew Wall Street’s predictions out of the water. No. Hmm. Oh! I’ve got it. I know. It’s that third wave coffee coursing through

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One Thing Business Owners Can Learn From Dogs

My editor used to have a wonderful black lab named Sophie. As dog owners (and parents) are wont to do, Nancy sometimes shares stories of Sophie’s upbringing as a way of clarifying a particular customer service point I’m trying to make. (It’s usually amusing so I let her get away with it.) In one such

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