Category Archives: business philosophy

How does a CEO react to a resume?

How does a CEO react to a resume?   It depends. I receive numerous resumes from linguists around the world.  I often read a little before handing them off to my Assistant for processing. The majority impress me with their education, … Continue reading

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Legislating through Compromise

“Can’t we just compromise, Mom?” snarled the teenage girl. “We can compromise on a curfew, on how often you clear the table, on when you can take the car,” replied the mother, “but we cannot compromise on how you answer … Continue reading

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What Do We Do Now?

The election is over, but the horrific campaign exacerbated the divisions in our country. Rich vs. poor. Black vs. white. Male vs. female. White vs. Hispanic. Gay vs. straight. Fat vs. thin. Isolationist vs. globalization supporter. It’s up to sociologists … Continue reading

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Lies, Exaggeration, and Fishing

My father was an inveterate fisherman. He’d rather have been out on the water with a pole in his hand than anywhere else. When he returned home, he would always say, “You should have seen the one I hooked. But … Continue reading

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How Would You Handle an Angry Customer (Like Me)?

For nearly two decades, Tembua used AMExpress, an overnight delivery service, to run packets of certified documents to our clients in the Twin Cities. We bought the envelopes in advance, filled them, and dropped them in an AMExpress drop box. … Continue reading

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But I Saw It Online!

If you’re only looking to bolster your existing opinion, don’t read any further. Any tidbit you find that matches your own stance will do. However, if you’re looking for facts to form an opinion, I have several suggestions: Read publications … Continue reading

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People Don’t Read Anymore

While in conversation with a college professor, I was startled to hear her say, “I use a lot of pictures because they don’t read anymore.” I blinked while she picked up her latte for another sip. Pictures? Who doesn’t read? … Continue reading

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Politically Correct Language: Courtesy or Weakness?

I’ve heard several politicians sneer recently that they were going to tell it like it is and not be concerned with politically correct language. Isn’t it funny how we come up with a label that spins an issue to suit … Continue reading

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Excellence, Football, Fran Tarkenton and Teamwork

Tackling bullying in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room some years ago, Fran Tarkenton, former Viking quarterback wrote: The common thread is that saying “win” doesn’t make it so. You win when you focus on excellence in every detail of what … Continue reading

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Lawn Care: The Whys of Quality

Last week, a lawn care company was servicing the property across the street from our office. As I watched, our procedures fresh in my mind following the recent visit from our quality auditors, I ticked off items: the truck was … Continue reading

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