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Ever notice that the world is full of experts who have never actually done what they are "experts" at?

Many a business professor has never actually managed a business. Most business courses stress defining business terms but never actually teach the concepts of running a business.

This blog hopes to teach some of the terms and, at the same time, give some examples and lessons on running a business.

There will also be reviews of books on business listed here. Sometimes companies give me books to review. Regardless of where I get the book to review, I will give my honest opinion. If I was given the book to review I will always disclose that in the review.

I seek to start posting on 02 January 2012. Some of the posts will be recycled from some of my other blogs.

The reader should know that there is no one “Right Way” to conduct business that will apply in all situations. This blog is meant as a place to start. It is hoped that you will perform further research and consult professionals experienced in your particular business before making any important decisions.



27 May 2017

Stock Market Trivia Book Review

We were sent a copy of Stock Market Trivia by the author for the purpose of reading the book and reviewing it for our blog readers.

Stock Market Trivia is a very fast read.  The main part of the book is 144 pages long and several of those are blank.  However, there is a lot of fun and entertaining information in this fact-filled book.  

Readers will learn a great deal about the history of the stock market and many fun facts.  You will learn a little about the Dow-Jones and its origins, along with the origin of several of the world’s stock exchanges.  You will learn some about the world’s smallest stock exchange and what stock traded at the highest price.

If you want to know the history of the Ponzi scheme, it is in here. Stock Market Trivia gives you the answers.

This would be a great book to turn into a game that financial people could play at parties.  Get the book, invite your wealth advisor and a few other financial people over for a small party, and ask each other questions.

What was the original name of the Wall Street Journal and how much did it sell for?  You will know the answers to fun questions like this when you read the book.


We give this book all five stars.  We think it was a pleasure to read and very interesting.



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The Dance of the Business Mind Book Review

We were sent a review copy of the book The Dance of the Business Mind
so that we might read it and share our opinions of the book with our readers.

We have to say that this book is not your usual business read.  We have read hundreds of books on business and this is the first we have seen that takes this approach to encouraging business leaders in their business.

The Dance of the Business Mind uses dance metaphors to explain different business concepts.  We have seen many books that use sports metaphors to underscore their point.  This book has a refreshing perspective on business.  

We are a theatre family.  Our daughters are in theatre at different levels.  We found the analogies to be refreshing.  The discussions regarding rehearsal, performance, etc., hit home.  

We give The Dance of the Business Mind all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars with zero being terrible and five being great.  We like that this book takes a fresh approach to business.



We feel that even if you have read countless books on all aspects of business that you will benefit from a good read of The Dance of the Business Mind.


Grab yourself a cup of your favorite coffee (ours is cowboy coffee), sit back, and prepare yourself for a fresh, new perspective on business.

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26 May 2017

Guest Post: 3 Ways To Help Employees Weather A Business Storm Cycle

The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.

3 Ways To Help Employees Weather A Business Storm Cycle

The modern economy is in a constant state of change, which means businesses – large and small – must move quickly in response to market shifts.

Even the strongest companies will cycle through good times and bad, says Dave Hopson, managing partner at the information-technology consulting firm Triumphus and author of Surviving the Business Storm Cycle: How to Weather Your Business’s Ups and Downs (www.davehopson.com).

Bringing out the best in employees is a challenge at the best of times. According to Gallup, only 32 percent of U.S. workers felt engaged in their jobs in 2015 – which was a pretty good year for the economy and business growth.

So imagine the struggle of keeping the best workers happy when the business transitions through a down period.

And it will. Hopson says every business goes through four repeating phases:
start-up, high growth (what he calls the “tornado”), declining growth (the “avalanche”), and consolidation.

Picture the employees sliding downhill in that avalanche, and you get the idea: It’s up to a company’s leaders to help them hold on, to turn the inevitable transition period from exhausting to exhilarating.

How does a business leader manage that through possible layoffs and pay cuts or, at the very least, major changes to the processes that are used to get the work done every day?

• Start putting people in the roles that fit them best. “This is the time to ask some tough questions,” Hopson says. Who on the staff is so tired and discouraged they can no longer do their jobs well? Who has been moved outside of their normal roles, and how are they handling their new positions? Do they need to be moved back or not? “Once you’ve answered these questions, you can step back and take a more accurate look at your staff,” he says. “You’ll be able to add people where you need them – and remove people where you don’t.”

• Expect resistance to change. If this is painful for you as a manager, think about how it is for staff members who have a lot less control over the situation. “How you and your leadership team present change to your staff can make a world of difference,” Hopson says. Employees who feel involved in the change and understand what’s going on demonstrate a more rapid recovery and may even perform better in the end.

• Clear and frequent communication is vital. “If you introduce processes that staff members don’t understand or haven’t learned, you’re going to slow things down rather than speed them up,” Hopson says. Invest in your people, he advises. Make sure they always have proper training and equipment.

During the consolidation period between high times and low times and back to high times again, a leader’s primary role is to rally those frazzled and frustrated troops.

“Make sure everyone understands you’re in the midst of a normal process,” Hopson says. “And keep waving that flag so that no one gets discouraged.”

About Dave Hopson

Dave Hopson, author of Surviving the Business Storm Cycle: How to Weather
Your Business’s Ups and Downs, (www.davehopson.com) is the managing partner at Triumphus, which offers IT consulting services to companies from startup through exponential growth to IPO. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sam Houston University and a master’s in international relations from Claremont Graduate School. He also has a doctorate in international relations and econometrics from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at the Claremont Graduate School. Hopson also served in the Marine Corps.



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Please be advised that all the information in this course is provided to educate, enlighten, and broaden your views in life.  The information provided is not a substitute for medical, legal, dietary, financial/accounting, or religious professionals.  Always consult a professional before you act on any of the information you find in this course. 


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Disclaimer: The opinions or advice listed in this blog or website should be used as a place to start only. It is not a substitute for the use of a professional.

 Please be sure to consult your attorney, accountant, and/or other professionals with any specific questions. There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances.


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