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Break your paradigms to achieve breakthrough results

How do you create a paradigm-breaking mindset? You need an organizational culture where the opinions of all employees on how to achieve breakthrough improvements are valued and the status quo can be questioned. The organization that accomplishes this will create competitive advantage.

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Graduates, step out of your comfort zone and embrace change

As you pursue your career, the best advice I can share with you is to step out of your comfort zone. Be open to new opportunities that come your way and create your own opportunities. You never know where these opportunities might take you. Embrace change, the only constant in life.

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Practice your profession with ethics and integrity

Excerpt from a graduate oath. Words business leaders, political leaders and other professionals should live by: “In exercising my professional duties, I recognize that my behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those I serve. I will remain accountable … for upholding these standards.”

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How to manage the investment process in a capital-intensive business

A focused and disciplined approach to capital budgeting is to classify investment projects into five categories: investment in safety and environmental stewardship, repair of buildings and equipment, information technology, optional profit improvement and expansion of current businesses and investment in new businesses. Each has its own investment criterion.

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DeSantis vs. Disney demonstrates the rule of unintended consequences

The Supreme Court has held, “The First Amendment prohibits government officials from subjecting an individual to retaliatory actions, including criminal prosecutions, for speaking out.” The right of corporations to speak out on issues has always been a cherished value of the Republican Party. DeSantis is violating that value.

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Avoiding destructive office politics is key to business success

How can you rise above destructive office politics? Meet your commitments to others. Build trust with your peers. Develop alliances. Keep your adversaries close. Build relationship capital. Most importantly, do your job and achieve results, and let those results and your reputation speak for themselves.