Monday Mornings with Madison

Yearly Archives:
2008

AN OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUE

One of the lessons to learn from our present economic woes is the value of that old-fashioned virtue, self-discipline. Looking back to understand how we arrived at our current situation, it is very clear that many in the banking system … Continue reading

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HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION

We all are selective procrastinators. We all have that list of things that we know we should do. These are important tasks and were we to act on them, our lives would be improved in some way. But we push … Continue reading

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PREDICTING THE FUTURE

When the economy is in a downswing, as it is now, we all try to peer into the future. When will things change? What will be the next developments? How will those developments affect us? Of course there’s no way … Continue reading

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TEAM WORK

Most of us work as part of a team, even if we wouldn’t necessarily use that label.  Breaking a large group of people into smaller, focused units is a powerful and productive way to build any organization or company. But … Continue reading

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WHY WORRY?

A famous rabbinical scholar once said that we should never worry because all of our fears fall into one of two groups: those that we can do something about and those that we can’t. With regard to those worries that … Continue reading

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THINK OF COMPETITION AS YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER

How do you look at your competitors? Do you feel that they’re putting you out of business or even that they’re stealing customers from you? Or do you feel that they are actually helping you to grow? In a capitalist … Continue reading

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LESSONS FROM COOKIES…

One of the habits of successful people is that they are always interested in what they can learn from those who have already succeeded. An example of this quality comes from Debbi Fields, the founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies Inc. … Continue reading

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ACCEPTING CRITICISM…

We all get criticized — that’s a fact of life — but most of us have a hard time accepting it. We want to believe that others understand and admire everything we do, or we’d at least prefer them not … Continue reading

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DID YOU HEAR WHAT WAS SAID?

Almost all of us want to be liked and this is especially true in the business world, where so much depends upon building relationships with customers and clients. Some people try to be likeable by being funny or entertaining but … Continue reading

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RECESSION AND CREATIVITY?

When the economy heads downhill, some people come up with creative ideas to get ahead. One such idea came from Michael Crews Development, a housing developer based in southern California, where home sales are down dramatically and the towns are … Continue reading

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