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Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist is a history of progress from the Stone Age to current times. The book is based on the premise that man evolved from cave dwellers through specialization and exchanging tools and ideas. He suggests that the ability to specialize and trade is what makes humans unique. From the very early times when people separated into hunters and gatherers, we have moved to...
In attending various tax conferences that discuss this topic in detail, I have compiled the following list of "issues" that might trigger a tax audit: Making a lot of money or large fluctuations of income Making sure you are reporting all of your income, especially if you're a business. This can be a grey area if you operate a cash business reported on your Schedule C, such as a taxi service, car...
I have a friend that was recently discussing her job with me. Although she has just started, she has found that it is a toxic environment. The owner/CEO rules the company in a very authoritative and controlling way. He is unable or unwilling to consider any viewpoint other than his own. I am sure that many businesses are operated in a similar manner. Few business owners understand what this can...
I recently received a free copy of The 27 Challenges Managers Face by Bruce Tulgan. The book is great and something I would have gladly paid for considering the insights I gleaned from it. The book analyzes 27 particular challenges that virtually all managers face at some point throughout their careers and gives various practical suggestions regarding how to deal with them. These challenges...

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