Machiavelli in his famous book, “The Prince,” debated whether it was better for a king to be feared or loved. In today’s business world, I think the question can be rephrased as: Is it better to be “Respected” or “Liked.” It is always nice to be “liked.” But, people do business with people they respect,
Illinois just passed a law that taxes Internet retailers differently than other states do. They also increased personal income tax and have some of the highest sales tax in the nation. Here is a video showing how they pushed an Internet coupon company to the breaking point, and they moved across the border to Wisconsin.
When we hear debates on spending cuts or tax increases needed for the government, it’s sometimes hard to grasp the issue. The only way to get a grasp on what’s possible and realistic is to look at historical numbers. After all, when I see that we’re spending taxpayer dollars to continue funding Anthony Weiner’s $1.2 million
In our Vision document for Rising, I specifically created a section entitled: “Associate with Greatness.” We encourage our employees to find mentors and to continue to develop. We encourage our leaders to find outside peers to associate with and learn from. Why? We know associating with the best will drive us to be the best. This is the same
I have a saying I like to repeat over and over: “One and Done.” In our vision for Rising, the concept behind “One and Done” is described this way: We know that our quality and our ability to evolve and grow depends on constant improvement and doing things right. If we think we will need to do
It is very important that the US healthcare system become less conflictual and more “win/win” for the issues we have today to ever be resolved. I often hear how horrible the insurance companies are, and there may be many times when the stories are right. I can also say that spending a week or two reviewing
I just love this quote by George Bernard Shaw quote. I have nothing to add. “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world