Springtime Strawberry Soiree

Posted by Alana Sugar on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, recipes

I have a lot of fond memories of really good food, and two of my greatest involve strawberries. The first came one spring day in Louisiana when my grandparents’ neighbor brought over a fresh strawberry pie. Unforgettable! I had always loved strawberries, and my mom would occasionally make strawberry shortcake but nothing seemed to come close to the pie I had that day. The second event happened on a chance stroll through a small village

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The Great Gift of Garlic

Posted by Alana Sugar on January 01, 2000
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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

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Choosing Your Regret

Posted by Dwight Edwards on January 01, 2000
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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

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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? Question: ________________________ Question: ________________________ Question: ________________________ Question: ________________________ Question: ________________________

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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

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Eliminate “EXCEPT”

Posted by David Porter on January 01, 2000
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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

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Facilitate Accommodation

Posted by David Porter on January 01, 2000
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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

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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

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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

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“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

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