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Month: September 2010

Liberty Has A Country (to Reclaim)

“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”                                  – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (1757 – 1834)    July 4, 2010 marked the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Each year at this time, we should pause to consider its meaning. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Here is what those words mean to… Read more Liberty Has A Country (to Reclaim)

What Really Propels the Global Economy?

The great management consultant and author, Peter Drucker, wrote somewhere that one way to predict the future is to take full account of things that have already happened. For example, Drucker wrote that it should have been clear by 1908 that Henry Ford had changed the public’s image of the automobile from rich man’s toy to a new mode of transportation desired by virtually everyone. Nevertheless, buggy makers and blacksmiths felt blindsided. William C. Durant did not. He saw the road ahead and created the Chevrolet brand, and founded the… Read more What Really Propels the Global Economy?

Business As It Might and Ought To Be

“Some men have convictions and lack courage; some men have courage and lack convictions; and some men have both. The difference between civilization and barbarism may be measured by the degree of safety to life, property, and the pursuit of the various callings men are engaged in.”              – James J. Hill (1838 – 1916) James Jerome Hill was born in Eramosa Township, Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1838. He had only nine years of formal schooling, and thanks to a bow and arrow accident, only one eye. He quit… Read more Business As It Might and Ought To Be