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Jul

09
From the Admiral

Posted by Randy Boek on July 09, 2014

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Steve is the president of a manufacturing company and a client. His company develops and produces electronic products that are installed in large facilities around the world.  Last week he got a uniquely unexpected letter. One of Steve’s employees is a National Guardsman in the mid-west. His unit was deployed to Louisiana to help with [...]

Jul

02
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You’ve got all day.

Posted by Randy Boek on July 02, 2014

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When someone is impatient and says, “I haven’t got all day,” I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? We don’t have enough time but we have all the time there is. There are  twenty-four hours every day,  168 in a week, 672 in a month, 2016 in a [...]

Jun

25
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Prestige, Price, Performance

Posted by Randy Boek on June 25, 2014

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BMW M3 or Mustang GT?  European or American?  Motor Trend Magazine tried to answer those questions. The MT article begins,  “Are you high or just stupid? An M3 against a Mustang GT?”  Then, the narrator says, “The Mustang GT 350 is every bit as good as the BMW M3.” The Mustang GT costs $27,000 less than [...]

Jun

18
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No Touch Pad for Common Sense

Posted by Randy Boek on June 18, 2014

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The wine list had good by-the-glass options. I ordered two glasses of a wine at $12.25 each.  It was near the end of the day and our business meeting was in the lobby of a four-star international hotel chain that I like. Errors in the merchants favor happen often enough that I pay attention. In [...]

Jun

11
Basic Strategic Discussion – Who is Your Customer?

Posted by Randy Boek on June 11, 2014

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It may sound like a brain-dead simple question, but in the process of creating a business strategy for growth, the question begs challenged assumptions, divergent thinking and a consideration of new possibilities. I recall when St. Louis manufacturer and retailer, Furniture Brands International, did just that. Under economic and board pressure leaders orchestrated significant change with [...]