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The Three Secrets of Long-Lived Companies

The law firm I belong to, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P., recently celebrated its centennial. Our chairman gave some brief but meaningful comments on this milestone. He touched on the right points as he reminded us why … Continue reading

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NFL fans, listen up! When you next have a tough problem don’t punt!

“If everyone agrees out of fear or ignorance to sort of play ultraconservative, nobody really has an advantage.”                                                                                –Brian Burke Brian Burke’s comment above comes from an interesting article by Adam Himmelsbach on American football.  Himmelsbach advises adopting a field … Continue reading

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Boiling Down Olympic-Game Medals and Your Company’s Income Statement

The Olympics is about to start! It’s hard to believe that four years has passed since Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals.  A lot of water has splashed out of the pool since that historic performance. But more … Continue reading

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The 4th of July Reminds Us to Take Charge of Our Personal Freedom and Liberty!

Life is difficult at times, even during weeks of vacation, picnics, summer skies, and the 236th anniversary of our nation’s fortunate birth on July 4, 1776. In fact, even if everyone around us is pulling beach towels out of the dryer, … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLVI – One Play at a Time to Win

While it is almost impossible for the Super Bowl game to rise to the dramatic expectations stoked by the media and advertisers, what occurs on the field always provides teachings applicable to our business and personal lives.  First, the team … Continue reading

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More on the Heroes Among Us!

           In my Memorial Day message I reflected on our revered heroes in uniform. Let me now focus on the heroes among us.          Recently I spoke at a Toastmasters meeting that had as its theme, “The Hero in All … Continue reading

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Are Technologies Re-Casting Our Basic Nature – Part II

 In a recent message, I questioned whether the technologies we use to communicate could be re-casting our basic nature.  One reason I cited is that technologies are pervasive stressors.  But they can also infirm our ability to deal with others.  … Continue reading

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