The Great Gift of Garlic

Posted by Alana Sugar on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, recipes

I love Julia Child. She cracks me up! Here’s what she had to say about garlic: “Garlic, which used to be considered exotic, if not ‘suspiciously’ foreign, probably subversive, and certainly very ‘lower class’ is now the darling of food lovers and all of our chefs….” I wonder: Did Julia know about the terrific health benefits of her darling garlic? Did she know what a great super-food it really is? Long ago, garlic was revered for its healing abilities. It was used as a remedy for the digestive tract, skin, respiratory system and lots more. Mentioned in both the Bible

Choosing Your Regret

Posted by Dwight Edwards on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Dreams, I Should Have, Regrets

“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”  Brittany Renée – British writer By Dwight Edwards We are all required to live with regrets. Like it or not. At some level most of us would like to please the people around us, especially our loved ones. We also want to follow our dreams. And inevitably there will come times when the two collide. The outcome of those clashes will be regret one way or

Our goal today is to ask 5 KEY questions (sales and/or service related) and based on your answers and any other detailed information you may provide; we will then have a firm handle on what it is you are really looking for in a product/service, and what you will accept as evidence that we have in fact delivered.  With your permission I will get started?

  1. Question: ________________________
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  4. Question: ________________________
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NOTE: After the last question, is where you do your “validation or supporting statements” and play everything back in reverse order to demonstrate

Improving the Workplace Environment: By Larry Josephs The workplace should be a place where everyone works together for the common good of the company as well as improving the quality of life for all employees. Walk in any company and ask employees just two questions (assuming you can put them at ease and get a straight answer out of them) and you’ll know if they have a job or a career. 1.      When you wake up in the morning do you look forward to getting to the office or do you dread it being another workday? 2.      Do you

Eliminate “EXCEPT”

Posted by David Porter on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Policies

Many of the conversations I have with clients center on the issue of policies.  Although those policies are important, how the company will apply the policy is even more important.  My experience is that when I asked questions about the policy, it becomes clear that there are particular problems (for employees) that are really the focus of the policies.  Policies can be used to go after certain employees or groups of employees. This is not how policies should be created.  Policies should be created from a general administrative perspective, not to solve a particular, specific situation or employee problem.  If

Facilitate Accommodation

Posted by David Porter on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Facilatation

One of the great challenges for business leaders is working with disabled employees who need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The challenge does not center around the business’ lack of desire to work with the employee.  Rather, the problem arises in how to effectively work with the employee to get the accommodation right. The disconnect occurs when the business leader focuses on “providing” an accommodation.  That means to them that they have to think of the accommodation, present it and then implement it. The better approach is the “facilitate” an accommodation.  When you facilitate, you don’t

CLAIRE CAIN MILLER’s excellent article, “Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley” is a fascinating highlight of the rising role of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. I’ve been studying underdog behaviors and successes–in business, politics and military history–and wrote a book called “The Underdog Advantage” (McGraw Hill). And the reality is the Underdogs are winning more and more in this hard-to-navigate economy: The smaller and hungrier companies, the business leaders who by default play offense and control their market dialogue and the women business leaders who are less afraid of change than their competitors. Change will be a winning formula

That’s what he called it – the classical vocal quartet I recently presented at my community outreach Music Kitchen concert series, founded to bring top artists in concert for New York City’s economically disenfranchised. Armand, the bright, friendly interactive young man who was all of maybe 24 and, from what he told me and the journalist from ABC News, had no prior intimate experiences with classical music. He definitely carried a perception, however, as was obvious from his description- “millionaire music.” And yet during the performance when I asked if the listeners had questions, he eagerly offered one: “Can I

Never borrow money from your family” is standard advice, and it applies equally to family businesses. Given today’s economy, however, people are needing to borrow money wherever than can find a lender. Banks are reluctant to loan. Credit card interest rates are very high. The economy is stagnant and bleeding from the Gulf oil disaster, from looming new taxes, from federal deficit spending, and from about 10 million workers without a job. Who is not moved to lend money when their child or mother needs medical care but lacks insurance? When the fishing boats and restaurants stand empty and deserted

It’s not uncommon for children to grow up not knowing their own beautiful thoughts and feelings and their essential needs and wants. You might be asking “How can that be?” Well, it’s one of the ravages of families and the individuals inside them. They are at war with themselves with no one to mediate a peace treaty. In some ways we have no choice in the matter when it comes to which family we arrive into as infants. I don’t know a single soul who asked to be born into violence, depression, poverty and sickness. But here we are, thousands