It's Bad Business to Let the Killer Get Away With It: The Sam Spade Guide to Better Business

 

Sam Spade, the hard edged protagonist of The Maltese Falcon, is in some ways the quintessential small business owner.  He is a private detective (or dick if you prefer) with an office, a partner, a secretary and a network that would make a social media climber swoon.   As a small business owner he takes on the risks of running a business and enjoys the rewards.  He sets his own prices which vary significantly depending on the client and the job.  (Recovering the Maltese Falcon is worth thousands, while searching for someone’s sister is worth considerably less).  And despite his womanizing and wayward ways, he also embodies qualities that would behoove business owners to emulate.

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And Now for Something Completely Different: 5 Funny Favourites from 2010 (And 1 Classic)

As the year draws to a close, and I prepare to do New Year's eve stuff, I thought I would share some stuff that really made me laugh during the year.  And one Chartered Accountancy classic.
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5 Ways to Be More Like Howard Stern

When Howard Stern talks, people listen.  They may not always agree with what he says.  In fact they often vehemently disagree, but it can be difficult to turn him off.  The first time I actually heard him (after hearing so much about him), I found his routine to be obnoxious and shallow, yet I was inextricably drawn and unable to change the station.  Fast forward to about a year ago (As a Canadian I didn’t really have access) I heard him again on Sirius (in our Ford rental equipped with satellite radio) interviewing Francis Ford Coppola.  Coppola spoke about with total candour about Apocalypse Now and his family and his sex life.  And it was among the best interviews I had ever heard.  Sterns questions were incisive and provocative.  He listened when Coppola spoke (Jon Stewart take note) and asked questions that no other interviewer would dare ask.  Most importantly, it was all about Coppola.  And that is perhaps what raises Stern above the fray – he has the rare ability, especially for a celebrity of his calibre, to eschew his ego. 
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