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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.



21 August 2018

Guest Post: 4 Ways Businesses Can Survive Disruptions Beyond Your Control

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.


4 Ways Businesses Can Survive
Disruptions Beyond Your Control
Business plans – like all plans – can go awry when events beyond the control of the business owner disrupt the everyday routine.
Such disruptions could be because of a dip in the economy, a natural disaster that creates havoc, a shift in the public’s buying habits, or new technology that can do what you do better.
“Interruptions within a business are as much a part of life as breathing and blinking,” says Raméz Baassiri,  author of Interrupted Entrepreneurship: Embracing Change in the Family Business (www.ramezbaassiri.com). “They are viewed by some as hiccups, challenges, or even crises.”
Baassiri, a board member of AHB Group, a multinational and multigenerational family business, says such moments can prove deadly to a family business, which about 80 percent of all businesses in the United States are. But those disruptions also can be the catalyst for even greater success, depending on how they are handled.
He says a few things family businesses can do when life upends the daily routine include:
  • Don’t just adapt to change, embrace it. “Every family business has dealt with and will deal with interruptions, from the expected changes and challenges of growth to the unexpected interruptions resulting from loss and poor decision-making, and everything in between,” Baassiri says. “You must be ready to accept and even embrace such changes as they come, to get creative with them and use them as a catalyst for improvement.
  • Find your “Mass Transformative Purpose.” Think about the way in which your company plans to change the world. In other words, why does your business exist? “Knowing that can help you stay focused and overcome seemingly impossible obstacles when they arise,” Baassiri says. “The first time I was asked what our family business’s main purpose was, I replied that it was to ‘stay united as a family with a purpose.’ But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that our purpose isn’t just about family; it’s more than that. It’s to be good citizens, contribute to society, and create educational opportunity. We strive to work hard to achieve great things so that we will be able to give back to society.”
  • Turn challenges into opportunities. Missed opportunities and failures to turn interruptions in entrepreneurship into positive change abound in the business world. One famous example is how Blockbuster turned down the purchase of Netflix in 2000 for $50 million. Netflix was valued at more than $32 billion only 15 years later. “As much as we may tell ourselves that we need to think beyond how well our company is doing today and plan for future opportunities, it’s much easier to stick with the path that we’re familiar with,” Baassiri says. “Disruption is uncomfortable, but it’s necessary if we’re going to evolve.”
  • Hire a diverse team for your business. “You can get stuck in your comfort zone because you see the same things every day and revolve in the same circles,” Baassiri says. “You need an extra set of eyes looking at the company from other angles and letting you know where your weak links are and where you can grow. Of course you won’t always agree, but that’s healthy; it means you’re being challenged.”
“Controversial thoughts are where innovation thrives,” Baassiri says. “They were the origin of the telephone and the car, the airplane, and spaceships. By asking questions, by thinking beyond the given and looking at the possible (or even the impossible), we grow, and in growing, we thrive despite the disruptions.”



About Raméz Baassiri
Raméz Baassiri, author of Interrupted Entrepreneurship: Embracing Change in the Family Business (www.ramezbaassiri.com), is a board member of a multinational, multigenerational family business. An author and graduate of a doctoral program, Raméz is a firm believer in education through storytelling—a concept that can, and does, change the world for the better.


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Learn from Failure: The Key to Successful Decision Making by Robert V. Sicina ISBN: 978-1-5462-1083-2

The book title Learn from Failure: The Key to Successful Decision Making by Robert V. Sicina promises a lot, but doesn’t really deliver on that promise.

I, David, believe that Sicina lost me on page 56 when he suggested that Henry Ford’s statement that customers could have any color they wanted, as long as it was black caused the birth of General Motors.  Alfred P. Sloan discusses, in great detail, this occurrence in his book My Years With General Motors.

Ford’s statement was in response to what General Motors was doing in regards to making their vehicles available in a variety of colors.  It was NOT the reason General Motors was born; they had been around a long time at that point.

If the author could not be accurate with something I know, how could I be sure he was correct in his analysis of the other companies?

In my opinion this book could have been better with a few more examples of businesses that failed and why, and less on the academic mumbo jumbo.

Three Star Review


We give Learn from Failure three stars and that is being generous.  It simply is not the kind of book that draws the reader into it.  We devour business books ravenously, but this one was a sleeper.



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15 August 2018

The Future is Smart: How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things--and Win in a Connected Economy by W. David Stephenson ISBN: 978-0814439777 (Hardcover) ASIN: B078B6JG53 (Kindle Edition)


This is one of those cases that we did not know what we did not know.  In the book
The Future is Smart: How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things--and Win in a Connected Economy by W. David Stephenson, the author tells his readers some pretty amazing things.

Who knew that we needed wireless dumpsters? We would have to say that this book has truly been an eye-opener.

Stephenson does a great job at explaining this new technology so that even a big ol’ redneck can comprehend it.

Five Star Review


The Future is Smart is very well-written and engaging.  We give it all five stars. This book is something that anyone in business should read for new ideas.  It is also of interest to the average person. Many of the examples listed are products we use every day and readers will recognize them.


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