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The tragedy of the unused commons

“The tragedy of the commons” as you may recall, refers in economics to the overexploitation of shared resources because of unregulated access. The tragedy results from shared resources being depleted or degraded because users pursue their own
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Networking Up! Mingling Above Your Weight Class

We’ve all heard the advice: “you become the people you hang out with.”  This means that you not only need to surround yourself with successful people (however you define success), but that you also need to be continually networking up to raise
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Honesty, integrity, values - not optional

A dejected father confided in his pastor with a problem:  his youngster had been caught cheating on a test at school.  He was crushed, feeling like he had failed as a father, concerned it would saddle the child with a reputation for
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The public discourse is a-changin

There is nothing like a sustained economic slowdown to embolden the critics of this regime and its parivar adjuncts. For this, due acknowledgement must go to respected party elder and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha. His article on the state
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Make friendships work at work

I've always felt that the real title to every book I've written and most of my nationally syndicated columns is Prepare to Win.  But I have a fondness for catchier titles, so for my networking book, I went with "Dig Your Well Before You're
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In the World of Big Data, Old School Customer Service Never Goes Out of Date

Today we use sophisticated technologies to learn a great deal about our customers. We track what they like, what they spend, what they search for, where they go, and how often they return. Yet despite all this new “big data” and the insights it can
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Take a few minutes to learn the 2-minute drill

I could fill volumes about chance meetings that have changed people's lives, led to jobs, business opportunities, partnerships, new ideas . . . all because people sought other people with similar interests.The secret is to seek them out.Every time I'
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Quantity is Good but Quality is King

A few years ago, I had a long conversation with a good friend who was considered a networking expert in Europe.  He did a lot of work with online networking or social networking.  During this conversation, we got into a fundamental
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Losing isn't the opposite of winning, it can be a part of winning

Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."Like most kids growing up, the importance of finishing first or winning was always stressed.  As a competitive person, I thought that second place was the same as last.
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The Five Least Important Skills to be a Great Networker

Recently, I wrote about the Seven Ways to Better Networking which was based on a survey I conducted of almost 3,400 people around the world. In the survey, I asked participants what they thought the top characteristics of a great networker were.

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