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The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals

The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals

| 03-26-AD2014 | [5]

Mom business owners tuned into God’s vision recognize early they must be leveraged. They can’t earn more in less time alone without working with others. Partnerships could include: A business agreement with a colleague A joint venture relationship An employee relationship An outside contractor relationship. Even getting babysitters is making business deals. When evaluating the […]

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Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

| 03-24-AD2014 | [18]

So often in conservative circles, being diligent and thrifty with finances is spoken of in the most encouraging terms. We must be responsible with our money and watch every penny. Most often we are being prudent when doing so, but when might we actually be making a mistake with our thrift? As Catholics, many of […]

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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

| 03-11-AD2014 | [33]

Alert the media! I’ve found another case of an innocent person being cruelly denied a cake by an intolerant, bigoted bakery department. In this case, the zealots targeted an innocent child. The bakers didn’t like the personal beliefs of the child’s parents and subsequently refused to make their kid a birthday cake. That’s right – […]

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Media Consumption Habits for Optimal Biz and Life Outcomes

Media Consumption Habits for Optimal Biz and Life Outcomes

| 02-26-AD2014 | [2]

Hours away from Superbowl XLVIII, I could feel hubby’s snoozing vibrations. While Gianna joined her friends for basketball practice, our youngest Benjamin tossed the football, and Ian settled in for some screen time with a new video game. I parked myself on the recliner, laptop on my thighs. I blasted through emails and completed other […]

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‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?

‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?

| 02-22-AD2014 | [11]

A trip to my local Giant grocery store the other night brought an unpleasant surprise. Back near the store’s beer coolers, clerks were stacking case upon case of a new beer. It’s name? “Sweet Baby Jesus,” a ‘craft’ beer brewed and bottled by a local Baltimore company, DuClaw Brewing Company. “Sweet Baby Jesus,” launched about […]

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Don’t Underestimate Your Catholic Work Ethic

Don’t Underestimate Your Catholic Work Ethic

| 02-03-AD2014 | [3]

I admire devout Christians living godly lives. Without the help of the Catholic Church and the Sacraments, I’m not sure I would make the cut. In a non-Catholic Christian church  I fear I would be crushed by the various teachings based upon who pastors the church you attend; inconstant philosophies that don’t always fit together […]

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The Best Gift You Can Give Your Clients And Your Family

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Clients And Your Family

| 01-01-AD2014 | [2]

The best gift for your clients or your family this New Year doesn’t have to do with family perks, trips, time, money, special VIP services or your products and services. It’s something you need, but might not necessarily want. You typically won’t find it on anyone’s list for Santa. To make my point, I need […]

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The Bittersweet Secret to Success

The Bittersweet Secret to Success

| 12-04-AD2013 | [5]

Christ turned the world upside-down when he established the Church. His message turned off people in 30 AD, as it still does today.  (You may have noticed that the Catholic view on suffering continues to effectively repel  many onlookers.) Catholics don’t buy the prosperity gospel, where believing always leads to fulfilling your hearts desire— material […]

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Sin City: Taking Your Faith On The Road

Sin City: Taking Your Faith On The Road

| 11-07-AD2013 | [4]

I had a previous topic planned, but after a few days in Las Vegas, I changed my mind. This city is one of a few that the American public can identify both its nickname and slogan without being prompted. In case you don’t know, Las Vegas is called Sin City with the slogan “What Happens […]

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7 Tips to Be Financially Strong in a Tough Economy

7 Tips to Be Financially Strong in a Tough Economy

| 11-06-AD2013 | [1]

Whether you’re a stay-home parent, working for someone else, are  starting out in a business or in an established business, a lot of people feel the financial pressure of our economy. Experts call our current time the biggest  family finance squeeze  since the 1920s. The accompanying largest drop in monthly  disposable income  impacts both your […]

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Could Success in Life and Business Be Really That Simple?

Could Success in Life and Business Be Really That Simple?

| 10-09-AD2013 | [1]

So what do social thinkers have to say about “success” in business and life?  Is there such a thing as a success prescription? Following a Catholic life blueprint definitely gives you everything you need get you there.  Inspiration and accountability keep you moving. I invite you to consider Anita Kirkman’s (founder and CEO of Vision […]

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Pareto and Paradise

Pareto and Paradise

| 10-07-AD2013 | [2]

Some of you may have heard of the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule, which states that, for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This rule, based on the findings of the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, has become a common rule of thumb in business, demonstrating, for […]

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Be Efficient With Things, Not People

Be Efficient With Things, Not People

| 09-11-AD2013 | [3]

We all have life seasons—with some being more jam-packed than others.  When the schedule gets tight, it’s easy to slip into high-efficiency mode. Last spring, I was swimming in the midst of ramping up my business along with implementing new chores lists with the kids to improve responsibility. Between the flat-out “No’s” and the increasingly […]

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Are You Really Successful?

Are You Really Successful?

| 09-05-AD2013 | [4]

A politician once asked me flat out for bribery money when I clerked for a law firm in the Philippines. I played dumb, quit my job and left a disgustingly corrupt legal system and government disillusioned. When I practiced law in the US, I didn’t experience such blatant corruption, but I faced several choices that […]

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A Catholic Amway To End Sweatshop Economics

A Catholic Amway To End Sweatshop Economics

| 08-07-AD2013 | [8]

I wanted to follow up on last month’s article WWJD About Sweatshops. I think for many people, just the mere suggestion that you oppose sweatshop economics, arouses suspicion that one is anti-capitalistic, perhaps a socialist. I want to set the record straight by offering up some practical solutions to the dreaded global sweatshop phenomenon. I’m […]

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That’s Not Fair

That’s Not Fair

| 05-24-AD2013 | [4]

Clare, a fictional person, is a wife and works outside the home. She and her husband have two boys. They go to a Catholic school called Western Academy in Houston, TX. She is employed by a top three Houston recruiting firm. The scenario, not unrealistic at all, is left without resolution so that the reader […]

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Comparing Sales And Evangelizing

Comparing Sales And Evangelizing

| 04-27-AD2013 | [7]

Selling and evangelizing are more similar than you might think. There are quite a few differences, to be sure, but there are features that are common to both. At first glance, sales and evangelizing appear as disparate as vice and virtue, but that’s a false comparison. There are good and honest salespersons just as there […]

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Gaining Your Temper(ance)

Gaining Your Temper(ance)

| 04-25-AD2013 | [3]

Jim runs a small business.  He helps other businesses setup computer networks and troubleshoots other business needs. Lately, business has been growing faster than normal. As the pace quickens, he has become more stressed and spending more time in the office. What he never anticipated was the retention of his employees beginning to fade. His […]

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Appetites vs. Hierarchy of Needs

Appetites vs. Hierarchy of Needs

| 03-28-AD2013 | [6]

In 1943, a psychologist, Abraham Maslow, offered a paper called

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The Assault On Faith In The Workplace

The Assault On Faith In The Workplace

| 03-02-AD2013 | [12]

Imagine these scenarios: – Joe is the top salesman at the local car dealership. A “gay married” couple comes in to purchase a car, and asks Joe to sell them a car. Joe is a faithful practicing Catholic who follows Church teaching that same-sex marriage is wrong and impossible. – Sue, a graphic designer at […]

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Prudential Leadership

Prudential Leadership

| 02-28-AD2013 | [1]

Sally is a blue chip recruit from one of the best business schools in the U.S.  She has been married for two years and recently had her first child.  She has been working at the XYZ Corporation for three years.      Sally walked into her boss’ office last week with a career proposition.  Here […]

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Always Be Catholic

Always Be Catholic

| 02-02-AD2013 | [7]

(First of all, thank you to Stacy, Chelsea & Tito for inviting me to be part of CatholicStand.  I’m honored and humbled to be included with the other outstanding writers assembled for this e-zine.  I hope I can contribute worthily, and provide an insight or two on the intersection of faith and business.) My chosen […]

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Navy Seal of Emotional Intel

Navy Seal of Emotional Intel

| 01-31-AD2013 | [7]

So you walk into your office and there is a yellow post-it slip that informs you to see the boss as soon as possible.  You make your way around your colleagues as their stares increase a sense of anxiety.  Your heart begins to pulse faster and you even begin to perspire.  You knock in the […]

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