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Author Archives: Bekah McClelland

The man who ‘can talk to anybody’ finds niche in sales (access required)

Sometimes a little encouragement can go a long way. Kyle Slaymaker can attest to that. The Navy veteran, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, was working in a nuclear power plant as an armed security guard when he decided to follow the advice of his then girlfriend, who recommended that he change careers. His friends agreed. ...

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Cash is disappearing. Here’s what that means for tips

New York (CNN)-Gone are the days of running to the ATM in order to get cash to tip your server or hair stylist. If cash was going out of style before the pandemic, consider its reputation ruined by infection concerns that have pushed consumers toward cashless alternatives — especially when it comes to tipping.

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Making the case for Stakeholder Capitalism (access required)

Recently, I was asked to speak at the launch of the United States bipartisan Congressional Caucus focusing on Stakeholder Capitalism. Stakeholder Capitalism is a1950s management theory that posits that business should focus on the needs of all constituents, not just shareholders. I’m encouraged by the launch of this caucus and the aspiration to leverage a movement toward trustworthy business in ...

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On and off the brand wagon (access required)

Change is rarely equitable in its effects and the pandemic has made no exception in the business world. Once dominant brands like Hertz, J.C. Penney and Men’s Wearhouse have all declared bankruptcy as the brick-and-mortar retail and travel industries saw huge decreases in demand. A tight labor supply has created challenges for any company that depends on customer service and ...

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Raising a child and working hard leaves little time for friendships

I’m not a good friend anymore, and I don’t feel bad about it. Some back story, first. When Coraline came into my life (quite a shock, and you can read about that here) link to , I thought I was going to be the parent that just continued to do whatever I wanted and that my kid would be along for the ...

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