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The Lesson Learned From An Employee Who Stole $1.2 Million Worth of Fajitas from His Employer

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All organizations are subject to employee theft. But stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas is pretty unique. And it’s a lesson for any business owner.

First, let’s establish this fact: the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in Texas does not serve fajitas in its cafeteria. But that didn’t stop Gilberto Escamilla, a county employee, from allegedly ordering $1,251,578 of them over a nine-year period of time. Read More…

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Why Does This Company Gives A Free Bottle of Jack Daniels To Its Employees Every Month?

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There’s a company located down south that gives away a free bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey to its 400 employees on the last Friday of every single month. The company? Uh…Jack Daniels. “No one misses that day of work!” Jeff Norman, Master Taster at the distillery said recently in this Total Wine interview. Yeah, I bet that’s right.

Giving away a monthly free bottle of booze to employees may raise an eyebrow or two in these days of political correctness. But the executives at the company, which was founded in 1871 and maintains its reputation as one of the top bourbon makers in the world, are proud of their product and proud of their employees. And so…why not give them this perk. Read More…

11 Easy Ways to Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery

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How’s your battery doing? A little run down? Worn out? Out of juice? Yeah, I get it. Have an expresso. It helps.

Oh, and how about your smartphone’s battery? Yeah, that gets run down too. Unfortunately, you can’t pour a shot of expresso on it. But don’t worry. I think I can help.

I’m weirdly obsessive about my phone’s battery life. Someday, batteries won’t be an issue and when that day comes I will be very happy…but probably dead. So in the meantime, what to do? Here are a few things I do every day to extend my smartphone’s battery life and you can too – just Google the specifics. Read More…

Why Are The Kardashians Such Great Entrepreneurs?

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People who know me also know that I’ve always been a big fan of the Kardashians. I started watching their show – Keeping Up With The Kardashians – years ago because I had no choice. My wife and daughter always seemed to have it on and I got sucked in. Now, we look forward to Sunday nights when the show airs and I can’t wait until the next season to…well…catch up.

I like the Kardashians because they’re fun. They’re interesting. They’re unpredictable. They’re attractive. Their lifestyle is fascinating. Their family dynamic is intriguing. But above all, I love watching the way they run their family business. The Kardashians – particularly mom Kris and sister Kim – are great entrepreneurs.

Take the most recent news: Kylie is pregnant. I would be very upset if this were my daughter. She’s only 20. She’s not married. It seems a little rushed to me. But she insists that this is no accident and that she really wants to be a mother. She’s happy. So if that’s the case then I’m on Team Kylie. Good for her – she’s old enough to make her decisions. Is this a “bad” influence on other girls her age who look up to her? Maybe, maybe not. But, like Kylie, they’re also old enough to make those decisions too. That’s another debate for another time. Read More…

Jack Ma Made A Fool Of Himself Last Week

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Jack Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, the giant ecommerce company. He’s reportedly the richest man in China. His company employs more than 50,000 people and is currently worth more than $420 billion – a valuation that rivals (and some predict will soon exceed) Amazon’s.

Ma wields an enormous amount of influence in his home country and he’s positioning Alibaba to be a powerhouse in the U.S. In 2017, Ma was ranked second on Forbes Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and third in a KPMG survey as one of the world’s most visionary tech leaders.

This is a man who is literally respected and admired by millions of people and whose actions are studied and analyzed. So naturally, last week, he dressed up as Michael Jackson and danced in front of 40,000 of his employees. Don’t believe me? Just watch the video. He literally sat on a motorcycle wearing a Michael Jackson outfit and then rocked it to Billie Jean and Dangerous. Oh, and this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. Back in 2009, he wore a long blonde wig and sang Lion King songs at another corporate event.

What the heck was he thinking? Can you imagine a respected CEO doing this? A political leader? Your dad? OK, well probably your dad. But these things aren’t done by today’s executives. What would the world say? Read More…

President Trump’s Chief of Staff Has an Unpopular Top Deputy

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It seems that Kirstjen Nielsen is not very popular at the White House. Good for her.

Nielsen (pictured above) is the deputy to John Kelly, who is the Chief of Staff to the president. Kelly, if you recall, was recently brought in to restore order to what has been a very chaotic administration. A four-star Marine general and military commander, the 67-year-old Kelly recently ran the Department of Homeland Security and came to the White House with the reputation of being a tough, no-nonsense leader.

So far, he has demonstrated those capabilities by toning down the president’s behavior, better organizing his schedule, focusing him on more important issues and (thank goodness) restraining his Twitter activities. Of course, Kelly has a lot more to do and plenty of challenges dealing with the oftentimes unpredictable behavior of the president. But he’s certainly made progress. Read More…

If You’re A Florida Business Owner You Need To Do These Five Things Like…Right Now!

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You live in Florida. You’ve seen the destruction that just happened in Houston. You know that a super-storm, Irma, is heading in your direction (and another one – Jose – is close on its heels). You may have already lived through a hurricane or two, or even three already. You are aware that these storms can end businesses forever…or not. But I do have some good news for you: this is not the 19th century. We have forecasters. We know that these storms are on their way and the first is expected to hit you by late Sunday/early Monday. Maybe it won’t be as bad as they say. But you can’t take that chance. You still have time to prepare. You still have time to do these five critical things.

Don’t think about Monday. Think about three Mondays from now. Read More…