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Stop Whining and Run Your Small Business

Posted in General Business by ebs4pos on February 14, 2010

IT’S not the economy, stupid, it’s you. So says George Cloutier, author of “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing” HarperBusiness, 2009. Mr. Cloutier, the 63-year-old founder and chief executive of American Management Services, specializes in advising small and midsize businesses and turning troubled companies around. His advice is to put profits above all. Always pay yourself first. Shock your laggard employees. Don’t accept excuses. His ax falls on trade shows “they’re just a flimsy excuse for a paid vacation”, sweat equity “I call it working for nothing and being a fool” and teamwork “vastly overrated”. And if you ever apply for a job at American Management Services, don’t mention that you like to play golf. A condensed version of a conversation with Mr. Cloutier follows.

via Conversations – Expert’s Advice – Stop Whining and Run Your Small Business – Question – NYTimes.com.

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