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Business and Community

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A business is really an enterprise and it’s not about the business, it’s about the community the enterprise creates. The enterprise produces a particular community with a certain lifestyle. That lifestyle denotes the way you…

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On Motivation

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The aura of motivation is not a whole lot different than the attitude of victimization. When you empower someone without the tools to otherwise enable them, you’ve set up a machine which is not only…

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The Grotto

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The Notre Dame campus has an area which is called “The Grotto.” It’s deep in the heart of the campus. You walk down, towards the lake, descend to an overgrown landing we referred to as…

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Pulling the Trigger

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From a management standpoint, there are certain traits and characteristics of an organization which absolutely drive me up a tree. One of those characteristics is the inability, reluctance, or unwillingness at any particular time for…

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Entrepreneur vs. CEO

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To the same extent that an entrepreneur has to maintain a sense of ambiguity, a CEO has to maintain an internal level of ambiguity, and absolute clarity of direction for everyone else around him. Ambiguity…

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Kmart’s Last Hurrah

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I was reading in this morning’s paper that Kmart is about ready to be released from Chapter 11 Reorganization. [note: written in late 2003] Whether it’s in time or ahead of time was the subject…

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