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The 10 Biggest Business Lessons We Learned In 2017

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2017 was a good year for many businesses, including my own. I earned a few bucks, brought on a few more clients and – most importantly – learned a few things. Here are just a few bits of knowledge gleaned from the past twelve months that should help all of us navigate through the next twelve.

1. Keep your hands to yourself.

Oh, and whatever you’re thinking…don’t say it. Keep your mouth shut. Don’t touch. Don’t comment. Don’t talk about anything but business. Do I even need to write this? Apparently I do because some of the country’s most well-known business leaders, politicians and celebrities haven’t been doing this. I know that the great majority of men do know how to behave with their female colleagues and employees. But for the rest of you…stop. Read More…

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The Dress Code for This New Restaurant Is Your Birthday Suit

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If you’ve ever had the desire to eat an entire meal in public and be completely naked at the same time well…now’s your chance. Just go to Paris and make a reservation at O’naturel.

Yes, that’s the actual name and at the 40-seat O’naturel, which opened its doors last week, customers are asked to leave their clothes in the cloakroom and proceed – in all their splendidness – to dine with other clothe-less patrons. The “bistronomic” menu starts around € 39 (about $45) and features vegan dishes, whitch are popular among naturists, and of course a great wine selection. This is Paris, let’s not forget.

Don’t worry, health officials, the staff are clothed, patrons wear slippers and the seats have disposable covers. Read More…

When a Client Rips You on Social Media, Respond Like Kathy Griffin’s Attorney

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I don’t know why Kathy Griffin is so angry with her attorney and maybe it’s for good reason. But that’s not important to you and me. What’s important is how her attorney reacted.

Griffin, the comedian who loves to take aim at celebrities, earlier this year caused a you-know-what-storm when she published a photo of herself with a severed head that coincidentally resembled the head of our current sitting President. Free speech is free speech, but Griffin upset a lot of people. Responding to the uproar, she conducted a controversial press conference alongside her then-attorney, Lisa Bloom, to defend her actions, claiming that she had received death threats and was under investigation by the Secret Service.

Months have passed since the incident. Things seemed to have died down, but not the war of words between Griffin and her former attorney. Unfortunately, as reported by the New York Daily News over the weekend, their relationship has deteriorated to the point where Griffin is demanding that Bloom stop calling her and refund the fees she paid. Read More…

The Brilliance of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce ‘Fiasco’

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If you know Rick and Morty, then you’ll know that in the third season there’s a story about how Rick broke out of prison and split up his daughter’s marriage and then is involved in a huge multi-dimensional battle involving other Ricks and when it ends Morty gives a speech that blames it all on McDonald’s Szechuan sauce. Look — I’m not about to explain Rick and Morty to you. Just watch it.

You won’t be alone. There are many people who love the Adult Swim cartoon. This became apparent last weekend when, with everything that’s been going on in the world lately, Rick and Morty fans took to the streets to protest — even violently in some places — a shortage of Szechuan sauce at McDonald’s. Read More…

How Did Mister Rogers Raise $140 Million for PBS in Just 7 Minutes?

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Back in May, 1969, the Public Broadcasting Service was facing serious cuts in its budget.  Executives from the organization went to Capitol Hill to plead their case in front of a subcommittee of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce. The chairman of the committee, John Pastore, was a self-described “tough guy” and not known for being a spender. PBS needed $20 million at the time to keep functioning – an amount equal to about $140 million in today’s dollars. With their backs to the wall, the corporation’s executives called upon their very best salesman to save the day. That person was none other than Fred Rogers.

Who doesn’t know Fred Rogers?  Well, at the time, quite a few people didn’t. For one, Pastore had never heard of him or his show (“Are you the narrator?” he asked. “How long is it?”). Although the 41-year-old Rogers had been on the air in a few local markets for the almost 15 years he had only begun specializing with children during the past six. Rogers had yet to gain the national prominence that would one day establish him as arguably one of the nation’s greatest communicators to children. His Mister Rogers Neighborhood show on PBS would eventually run for decades, and Rogers would ultimately win countless awards and change the lives of millions of young children to this very day. Read More…

Listen Here, Ladies: Guys Have Work-Family Stress Too!

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You know what? It’s actually more stressful to be a working guy than most people think. If you don’t believe me then take a look at a recent new study  from the American Psychological Association.

The research, which took several years and included the examinations of about 250,000 people around the world, concluded that men have similar levels of work-family conflicts as women.

“We essentially found very little evidence of differences between women and men as far as the level of work-family conflict they report,” Kristen Shockley, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Georgia and the study’s lead researcher said. “This is quite contrary to the common public perception.” The study found that, when pushed, men complain of similar challenges meeting their family needs and balancing their work-lives as their female colleagues.

Amen, Dr. Schockley. Amen! Read More…

This Bakery Owner Refused to Give Away Freebies. She’s Wrong.

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If the producers of a popular TV show asked you to provide free product in exchange for “promotion” would you? Laura Worthington refused.

Worthington owns Laura’s Little Bakery in Liverpool, England. Recently, she was asked to bake a cake for one of the stars of a popular British TV show called Love Island. Her payment? “Exposure” on the show’s social media accounts, she was promised. Worthington was not impressed.

“Exposure doesn’t pay my bills,” she told the show’s producers, according to this Buzzfeed News report. “And I’ll be honest I think it’s a disgrace that companies like you go to small independent businesses asking for free stuff.”

It’s not the first time this has happened to her. Worthington claims she gets a request for free cakes “at least once a week.” The requests come from individual people, organizations seeking donations, discounts requested by customers making big orders and even other TV shows, like the X Factor. Read More…