Gifts, Free Lunches, Bribery

““Corruption will find a dozen alibis for its evil deeds.”” – American proverbOn Friday, we discussed when and how to do – and accept – favors in a business context. Today, let’s extend that discussion to include whether we should accept gifts from...

Make 3 People Smile

““In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes so.”” – John LillyIn my experience, there are basically three types of salesmen. The bully, the charismatic, and the invisible man.The bully succeeds by pressing...

Asking For Help

““A fool can ask more questions in a minute than a wise man can answer in an hour.”” – American proverbThey are driving in a strange city. He misses the exit. A half-hour later, they are wandering unfamiliar streets. She wants to roll down a window...

Risky Investment? Take The Short Money

I am involved in a public company that has, as part of its asset base, shares in a gold mining company. Since I don’’t know anything about mining, I’’ve been urging the company to sell its mining holdings for cash and use the proceeds to develop an...