December 6, 2011
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Barter Aids The Entrepreneur
aware entrepreneurial business owner realizes the business world is
divided into two distinct financial tiers — the “haves” and the
“have not’s.” In short, large corporations with abundant assets will
continue to be able to tap the conventional banking avenues and
equity markets. But for the vast majority of businesses in our
country, we’re on our own!
banks don’t embrace the small-business owner like decades ago when
one was given the benefit of the doubt, and the bankers often
trusted their instincts to provide loans. In order to survive and
prosper, nowadays, requires a certain maturity. Business owners need
an expanded outlook on what their wealth really is.
It’s much more than just the cash you have in the bank. If you’re
only looking at what’s in the till, you’ll always be cash-starved.
Now more than ever it’s necessary to be aware of what constitutes
your wealth ... it’s your resourcefulness, your ability to perform.
of the ways to create additional wealth is to be aware of the
alternative methods of financing. Working through your trade
exchange expands your ability to create income and wealth. It’s a
very practical and beneficial way to increase the use of your
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Expanding Your Vision!
“Too much of the business world uses a narrow definition of success.
I used it myself for a long time. I could not focus on what I had in
front of me. I could think only about what else I ought to be doing,
and whether that was enough.
“Then, one day, I had an epiphany. I realized that this is all a
game we’re playing. It’s called the success game. Or, I suppose, the
success/failure game. Because failure follows success everywhere.
“The success game runs in an endless win/lose cycle — which means
that the people in it live with a sense of anxiety and fear. So I
invented a new game, called I am a contribution, or “The
Contribution Game.” It’s easy: You wake up in the morning, convince
yourself for a few minutes that you are a contribution, and you go
out and contribute.
“Then you go to bed and do it again the next day. What I’ve
discovered since I started The Contribution Game is that people have
an endless amount of energy for it.
“Sure, goals can be energizing — when you win. But a vision is more
powerful than a goal. A vision is enlivening, it’s spirit-giving,
it’s the guiding force behind all great human endeavors.
“Vision is about shared energy, a sense of awe, a sense of
possibility. That’s what fuels the contribution game — and that’s
what’s behind all great performances.”
the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Good Boss: Insights
For A Healthy & Productive Workplace In Challenging Economic Times
By Jim &
question often looms: Why do we work? Perhaps it doesn’t really
matter why — we all have to work to some degree or another. Some
people work to live and others live to work. Some find a balance
between the two where one flows naturally and seamlessly into
another. We spend every day doing stuff and it turns out, oddly and
intuitively enough, that the people we encounter and work with
influence our experience at work as well. Our colleagues, clients,
peers and bosses, all of those we cross paths with at work bear some
weight on our satisfaction, productivity, creativity and diligence
for the little niches we may find or cultivate.
Let’s look at how one of these groups affects each and every one of
us. Most of us have all had a boss at some point and many of us may
be a boss or have been a boss in the past. In this case, we’ll
consider a “boss” as any position managerial, supervisory, or
executive — really any time someone leads other people. Bosses are
important for this reason, that they lead others through experience,
vision, and honored time.
all bosses are created equal, however, and there are certain trends
that make for better bosses. Forty years of combined experience —
one of us as a professional management consultant (35-years) and the
other as a fresh and reflective worker — have uncovered prime
examples of good bosses. To enlighten the modern workplace and
workforce, there are five examples of good bosses (not mutually
1) The Listener
— a boss who will listen to and appreciates different points of
view. This boss hears and honors their employees’ thoughts and
considerations respectfully but with a caveat being they may or may
not put these ideas into action. The Listener listens to their
employees because they were hired for a reason. As such, they trust
their employees and value their input. Sometimes, they are even
dependent upon it. The Listener is a good boss because they have
insight beyond their own experience and vision, insight that is
influenced by many angles, and because if their employees are
allowed to voice their own opinions and ideas, they are inspired and
2) The Empowerer
— a boss that lets employees run their own show and lets them learn
by making some mistakes. To a degree of trust and support, this boss
cultivates leadership in their team. Working together, they identify
tasks and create a plan, but let the employees decide the nuts &
bolts of how it actually gets done. The Empowerer doesn’t delegate
aimlessly, creating a sense of subordination in their team, but
rather engages their employees from the ground up in a focused
manner. Employees are inspired to take on leadership roles and
collaborate both with their boss and with others. The Empowerer is a
good boss because they can simultaneously ignite productivity,
personal development, and satisfaction among their employees.
3) The Mentor
— a boss that teaches, coaches and guides. This boss doesn’t
necessarily need to be older, but a tad wiser or simply just willing
to share. They seek to understand their employees’ experiences and
identify which ones need or want mentoring. The relationship with
their employees is constructive, meaning both criticism and praise
are offered with the intentions of growing the employees set of
skills. An offer to mentor is either explicitly offered or subtly
developed over time. The goal is both in current interest and
looking towards the future, always geared to enhance the employees’
skills. The Mentor is a good boss because they ensure a future for
the employee and the company while inspiring immediate productivity
4) The Cool Dude (or Dudette)
— a boss that has fun and lets their employees have fun. This boss
maintains a certain aura of authority while creating a likable and
lively atmosphere. They let their employees enjoy their time at work
and find time for small diversions, within the confines that the job
still gets done … and done well. At those instances, this boss
rewards their employees with time off or special workplace events
within the realm of a respectable workplace culture. The Cool Dude
or Dudette is a good boss because they understand that all employees
are people, that all people need some kind of fun, and that happy
employees are healthy, productive, and engaged.
5) The Creator
— a boss who inspires invention and creativity. This boss pushes the
limits of their employees to ignite innovation. They challenge
intellect and question the status quo, so that new products and
ideas are developed from within. The Creator embodies the spirit of
imagination and is never overly demanding. Creativity and invention
come from a unique mindset, so this boss correctly identifies those
in their team that are keen to this way of thinking. As such, The
Creator is a good boss because they are motivational and
These five bosses, or rather their respective characteristics,
exemplify what makes for healthy leadership within organizations.
Many bosses may embody many or all of these characteristics. The
best bosses are able to reflect upon their own natural inclinations
and experiences, leveraging their assets and developing areas of
weakness. Common trends amongst these five good bosses make for a
great boss as well — collaborative, communicative, engaging, and
inspirational. Our new cogenerational world is crying out for
leaders — of all ages and generations — and hopefully many of us
will realize that great leaders can exist in the smallest, biggest,
nearest and furthest of places.
Jim Finkelstein is a
student and leader of people in business. With 34+ years of
consulting and corporate experience, he has specialized in business
and people strategy, motivation and reward, and organizational
assessment, development, communications and transformation.
Finkelstein received his
MBA in Organization Behavior and Development from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology and
Economics from Trinity College in Connecticut. His experience
includes being a partner in a Big Five firm, a CEO of a professional
services firm, a corporate executive for Fortune 500 companies, and
an entrepreneur with his current company, FutureSense.
more information click here.
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