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Watermelon Man: Why Values Matter

On a sultry August afternoon in 1964 my Dad, Bob Schramski, was mulling over his options to keep his small town Minnesota gas station open. He had recently learned that his major fuel supplier was significantly reducing his regular allotment and that he would have to find at least one more supply option. This issue…

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Unaffected Simplicity

Unaffected simplicity, or naïveté, is one of the keys to entrepreneurial success. Why? Because it allows entrepreneurs to pursue bold ideas, without being overcome by the curse of perfectionism. They act, they learn, and they stay in motion as they build market force in the face of objections from the status quo. Fortunately, healthy naïveté…

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The Value Of A Simple Act

Yesterday, I was entering a local market as a young man was holding the door open for an elderly woman.  She was walking slowly, but he patiently waited for her to make her passage through the doorway.  One teenager who was waiting on the other side mouthed “hurry up,” but the man didn’t respond except…

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4 Ways To Profit From Justice

While everyday people are falsely accused and unfairly imprisoned, there are people who are incarcerated for crimes they did commit and for which they pleaded guilty. Nonetheless, we utilize significant analysis and technology to reduce the possibility of punishing someone for a crime they did not commit. We also commit substantial resources to rehabilitate offenders…

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Not Quite At Redemption’s Door: 3 Lessons

This week I visited my old CFO in the Maricopa County Jail. She stole some money from our company, we caught her and she plea bargained her way to a two and one-half year term. As I entered her unit, poverty and tears were everywhere, with a picture of Sheriff Joe Arpaio smiling down on…

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Home: 4 Possibilities

The combination of a return to my childhood home and recent experience with refugees rekindled memories of what we all value personally and professionally – our home. Not necessarily the physical structure itself, but the sense of belonging that can never be taken away. The thought that begins with “I am from….” We are all…

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You Can’t Destroy Without Destroying Part of Yourself: 4 Thoughts

The Department of Defense recently released a report indicating that the pilots of drone aircraft experience a multitude of mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress at the same rates as pilots of manned aircraft.  Initial response from many corners can be summarized in the following:  But, they weren’t even in the actual…

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