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Dr. Patricia Thompson, Author, “The Consummate Leader

NE Ohio thought this day would never come. If you listened to sports radio, former players and talking heads also thought this day would never come . . .  the return of LeBron “The King” James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As in the Odyssey, I thought LeBron would return someday to the Cavs. In the Greek epic, Odysseus' struggled for 10 years to return home after the Trojan War. I don’t know how it felt to LeBron, but for much of NE Ohio LeBron’s exit felt like more than 10 years.

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Suzanne Bates, CEO, Bates Communications
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Fred J. Conforti, Beyond Goals…Beyond LEAN

In over thirty years of starting, managing, growing, buying, and selling companies, along with a decade of consulting for more than a dozen companies, I have observed and catalogued the attributes that are most problematic for an enterprise to be successful. Any one of these shortcomings alone is not so bad. However, there can be several of these shortcomings that become apparent to one looking for them—but to which management may be oblivious.

Call me old fashioned but I was dumbfounded and, quite frankly, disgusted at a recent Kickstarter campaign. A man started a campaign to make a bowl of potato salad. His goal was $10 and his pitch was, “Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet.” Not particularly inspiring or noteworthy. But, the results have been impressive.


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