Category Archives: The Learning Tree

Short “tutorials” where business / finance subjects get explained.

RULES THAT I ALWAYS (AT LEAST TRY TO) LIVE BY

What are your “codes of conduct?” You know, those reference points that we use to guide us through life’s tough decisions. I thought that in this post I’d share several of mine. It’s not that I have any sort of … Continue reading

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The Demise of The American Worker?

No doubt in your organization many of you struggle with striking the right balance with regards to your use of technology.  We hear almost daily about how technology and automation are driving the workforce of this nation into a state … Continue reading

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Credit Reporting Errors And What You Can Do About Them

Did you catch that story on 60 minutes last week documenting the frequency with which credit reporting errors occur?  If you didn’t, you really missed an eye-opening report.  Here’s a synopsis that details the report nicely. How much do you … Continue reading

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HOW CREDIT PROFESSIONALS CAN DO MORE WITH LESS

Back in 2001 the Seattle Mariners baseball team had quite a successful season. The team won 116 games which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major … Continue reading

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What You Can Learn From Your Failures

It has often been said that success leaves clues. This is true. But it’s also true that failure can teach some valuable lessons as well. Think about what every kid goes through in learning to ride a bicycle…or learning to … Continue reading

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BOUNTY-GATE AND WHAT EVERY EMPLOYEE CAN LEARN FROM IT

A story broke recently that detailed how former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator; Gregg Williams was offering financial rewards or bounties on certain opposing players. According to the NFL this operation offered improper cash bonuses to players for either knocking … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATION IN THE BIG LEAGUES

The sports world was treated recently to a world-class lesson in stealth negotiation tactics.  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock or are just not a pro football fan, Peyton Manning is prepared to sign with the Denver Broncos. … Continue reading

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Commercial Credit vs. Business Credit

Business Credit We all know a thing or two about our personal credit and how important it can be but what about business or commercial credit? When you embark on a career as a business owner the credit of your … Continue reading

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The Venture Capital Financing Process(Part Deux)

Venture capital (VC) funding is typically used by enterprises that are early-stage, high-risk, high-potential growth startup companies.  Many times they are already generating revenue for their product or service, even though they may not be profitable yet. Round and round … Continue reading

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THE VENTURE CAPITAL STORY

THE VENTURE CAPITAL STORY With the media frenzy that Facebook has caused on the way to a possible $100 billion IPO, I thought it might be appropriate to discuss the venture capital process and how it affects both the company … Continue reading

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