5 Entrepreneurial Competencies Community Colleges Should be Teaching

SELF EMPLOYMENT IS EMPLOYMENT

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As President Obama points out, community colleges are the backbone of the American educational system. He wants to make this 2-year college education financially attainable for all Americans since for most, it is all the formal education they are ever going to get. The question is, what should be … [Read more...]

CSULB Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni

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Michael will be honored by CSULB's Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumni. CSULB's highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed annually in each College by the CSULB Alumni Association. In addition to demonstrated pride and positive affinity for CSULB, awardees have … [Read more...]

Success Requires Diligent Preparation and Commitment

DON’T CALL IT “LUCK”

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” is a quote from the mid-1st century Roman philosopher, Seneca. The idea that success is a result of chance, or luck, is not only disempowering, but simply false. When people say we were lucky to have built such a successful brand, we have … [Read more...]

The 9-11 Memorial

GO SEE IT! 

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When we were in New York last week keynoting at the Customer Experience Conference, we had the opportunity to visit and pay our respects at the September 11th Memorial . Last year the new Freedom Tower which symbolizes the rebirth of the World Trade Center was completed, and we witnessed the … [Read more...]

7 Rules for Couples in Business

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

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“There are 5.5 million family owned businesses in the US. They generate 57% of our nation’s GDP. They employ 63% of the workforce, and they create 75% of all new jobs,” according to Sheila Neisler of Catalyst Marketing Company, specializing in helping family owned businesses. Last week we were the … [Read more...]

World’s Greatest Sales Pitch: I Can Help You Sell Your Product!

BEST SALES PERSON = “THE ASSISTANT BUYER”

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Everything is dependent on sales. There is no better justification for salaries, offices, production facilities, or even products. With enough investment capital you can have all those things, but they are unsustainable without sales. Our modern business culture has gotten so carried away with … [Read more...]

Park Users Should Take Out What They Take In 

IT’S TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH!

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When Michael was a young boy, his grandfather, a former police officer in the Mission District of San Francisco, would take him to play in Dolores Park where he would summersault down its pristine green banks. Last year almost 15,000 cubic yards of garbage were removed from this historic gem by a … [Read more...]