How Clean is Your Wastebasket

By Lisa Ryan

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. But if you can say something nice - DO!  Lisa RyanIt was my mom’s 70th birthday and I wanted to spend the day at the spa with her.  However, because of my speaking schedule, I did not have the time to book an appointment in advance.If you’ve ever tried to book a spa appointment for a particular day

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Ignoring the Dream Stealers

By Lisa Ryan

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David ThoreauDo you have dream stealers in your life? You know, those people who think they are doing you a favor by ripping apart your aspirations and sharing their more “realistic” point of view with you

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Tycoons Under Tyranny - From Hong Kong to Moscow

By Albert Goldson

One often imagines that the life of a tycoon, even under a totalitarian government, is a life brimming with excitement and glamour, jetting off on a moment’s notice on their amenity-laden customized private jet to close a deal, then spend lunch or dinner with friends and associates at a Michelin rated eatery overseas before returning back the same night to one of their many worldwide starqui

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Ebola - Bad Social Medicine

By Albert Goldson

As the real and imagined threat of Ebola increases daily so is the temptation for psychologically unhinged lone wolves and hate groups to exploit these fears. Already there’s a sense of inevitability that more cases will occur outside of West Africa particularly due to the ease of international travel and less than perfect border controls. It’s easier to smuggle in a virus than a box o

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Cuba: Exporting Good Will or Good Business?

By Albert Goldson

Sometimes it takes a humanitarian crisis to reveal the extent to which a foreign country with significant business investments is committed to improve the well-being of the community. Recent news reports indicate that China is contributing 170 doctors to tackle the Ebola crisis. Despite China’s tremendous investments in Africa, Cuba, which has almost none, is providing 460 doctors, almost th

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Shadow Market Guardians - The Valkyrie of the Federal Reserve

By Albert Goldson

Painful as it might be, think back to the near economic apocalypse of 2008 when we were at the brink of a worldwide economic collapse. The catalyst to our fears was not just the rapid stock market downfall, it was that no one knew the values and relationships of exotic financial instruments like derivatives. Even in a reasonably transparent financial environment this lack of hard information to ex

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Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Scandal: How Peterson Can Recover Amid Fallout, Sponsor Pressure

By David Meltzer

The Minnesota Vikings placed star player Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list Wednesday, reversing a previous decision to reinstate the beleaguered running back amid intense public pressure. As critics and sponsors continue to scrutinize Peterson's child abuse scandal, his ability to salvage both his playing career and his off-the-field business opportunities may

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Connected To Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire In Business and Life

By David Meltzer

David Meltzer was at the top of his game in the business world as CEO to sports super agent Leigh Steinberg (played by Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire). He worked alongside Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon and lectured around the globe. But something was missing, and the multimillionaire went on a rapid downward spiral that ended in bankruptcy. It was only then that David realized in order to

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Why Was Michael Sam Cut By The Rams? Personnel Decision, Not Homophobia

By David Meltzer

The St. Louis Rams’ decision to cut openly gay rookie defensive end Michael Sam despite a strong statistical performance this preseason led some to question whether his sexuality played a role in his dismissal from the team. But from a football perspective, Sam was always a long shot to make the Rams’ final squad.Sam was among the Rams’ final cuts Saturday as the franchise tr

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Meditate to Success: The Skill Every Entrepreneur Should Develop

By David Meltzer

I call meditation “The Wizard of Oz” or my “behind the scenes” component to my business mantra of “make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun”. I start off every day mediating for twenty minutes. I find the practice so important on so many levels.If you haven’t meditated before, it’s akin to when you first decide to start wo

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