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Good Manners Are Critical At Business-Related Social Functions

By Early To Rise | 03/9/2001

When you are attending a business dinner (or some other business-related social function) with your customers and colleagues, you have an opportunity to improve or degrade the opinion others have of you. Only a foolish person would ignore this fact. Here are a few recommendations, all based on very recent…

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Don’t Betray Your Partner/Boss

By Early To Rise | 03/5/2001

What do you do when someone who works for you walks into your office and says, “I have something I want to tell you, but you must promise you won’t tell your partner/boss?” If you agree to listen, you have made a serious mistake. You have betrayed the fundamental relationship…

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How to Encourage Loyalty

By Mark Morgan Ford | 02/23/2001

In business, if not in all of life, there is no more important virtue than loyalty. Courage and conviction are critical to making progress by yourself, but the moment you enter into any kind of collaborative effort — and virtually all businesses are collaborative — you are in a world…

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Sometimes It’s Smart To Shoot For Second Place

By Mark Morgan Ford | 02/2/2001

It may sometimes seem like I’’m always pushing you in the direction of becoming No.1 — of being your own boss and having your own business. And I won’’t deny that I spend a lot of time talking about the advantages of entrepreneurship and equity. But some people are better…

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Why You Should Listen More And Talk Less When You Want To Impress

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/31/2001

We’’ve often cited Dale Carnegie on “winning friends.” Carnegie believed that listening well makes you appear to be a better conversationalist than does speaking well — and that it’’s certainly better than speaking too much. He told a good story about sitting next to an important businessman at dinner and…

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How To Use Your Little Black Book

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/30/2001

“It’s all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.” – Bertolt Brecht Last week, you started your little black book of powerful contacts (Message #265). This week, you are going to use it.Here’s what you’re going to do: Go through your address book quickly and select one person whom…

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The Truth About Office Gossip

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/25/2001

What is more fun than hearing about the misfortunes or misdeeds of a fellow worker? Does life in the office offer any sweeter revenge than seeing a nasty boss or surly subordinate get his comeuppance? None — and that is a memory you can (and will) carry with you forever.…

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Why You Need Professional Management

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/24/2001

I was talking to someone the other day about how many people you can manage well. Experts say it is six, seven, or eight. My own experience confirms this. At times, I’’ve had more than a dozen people reporting to me — and it wasn’’t good. I was not able…

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Six Degrees Of Seperation

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/22/2001

“Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.” – W.H. Auden Every time you meet someone, you are given a chance to make a connection…

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Another Good Reason You Need A Lifelong Income

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/19/2001

ETRs don’t believe in traditional retirement. We think it’s a mistake to count on the government – or even the value of savings – when it comes to our future well-being. The cost of living is always increasing, as are the ways our wealth is taken from us. Personal taxation…

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Get Up Early Tomorrow

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/16/2001

My son, LSF, has many extraordinary talents and all the peccadilloes you’d expect from a 20-year-old going to school in New Orleans. Every time I see him, as I did this holiday, I’m impressed by his intelligence and good nature. He is more and has more than I was and…

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Promise #8 For The New Year: To Make 50 New Contacts

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/10/2001

Did you go over your list of resolutions last night? And again this morning? Great! You’re getting better and better! You now rank in the top 15% of the promise-making population. You are definitely going to have a good year! Today, you are going to promise yourself that you will…

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