I am a BIG fan of the show Shark Tank, a show where successful entrepreneurs fight over promising start-ups, and ruthlessly chew up the unprepared.  Five investors (the sharks) listen to and negotiate deals with business owners looking for financing to help start, grow, or save their business in exchange for a piece of the pie.   But it's not as easy to get a deal as one may think. An example: When three ice cream

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Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. "Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce," the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank's underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000. Two weeks later, the man walks through the

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"Attitude reflects leadership, captain." - Remember the Titans This quote may be from a movie about a high school football team but it can flow into many other areas of life...business imparticular.   If your leader (CEO) is always blaming someone or something for why the company isn't performing better - economy, government, etc. - then everyone below him/her is going to do the same.   Truth be told, the world is still spinning - individuals and businesses are

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