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"Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" was Simon Sinek's first effort and was written in 2009. I recently discovered it and thought it would be helpful for entrepreneurs. This book is based on what Sinek refers to as "the golden circle" which includes the "Why" in the middle, followed by "How" with "What" on the outside. The theme is that having the proper...
As the managing partner of an accounting firm, leading a business through ebbs and flows ranks very high on my priority list - EVERY year. January through April are unmistakably exciting times in a CPA firm and a key time to interact with clients. Because many other industries deal with ebbs and flows as well, I often hear questions about ways to neutralize the ups and the downs. Here are some...
The United States enjoys a huge competitive advantage among other nations due to our transportation system. No country in the world has a system like that of the United States which combines geography and constructed assets. The Mississippi River system forms the backbone of shipping through the central United States from the Appalachians to the Rockies. This huge watershed flows south to the...
The increase in Illinois tax rates was supposed to be temporary but now it appears headed towards permanence. There are proposals to change Illinois tax rates to graduated tax rates instead of the current flat tax rate system. An additional tax on high income taxpayers has also been suggested. The effect is many people are thinking about changing their state of residence. Illinois citizens may be...

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