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A Unique Approach to Entrepreneurship – Bradley University

At Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, it’s more than their approach to the study of entrepreneurship that is unique. For one thing, the school was founded by a woman, Lydia Moss Bradley, back in 1887, a time when women wouldn’t get the right to vote for another three decades! The ceiling for women wasn’t “glass” then, it was cast iron. Lydia herself was a real anomaly and pioneer as a female entrepreneur… Read More

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How to Teach Entrepreneurship – It’s the Wild West!

Schools and courses in entrepreneurship are popping up all over the country. Each school has a slightly different approach to teaching this relatively new class study. Some schools have a few specific courses, while others have full curriculums devoted to entrepreneurship.
This results in a wide variety of approaches about how to teach entrepreneurship. Some schools stress the structure and function of building… Read More

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How the Irish Got Barefoot

Over one hundred years ago Michael’s grandfather, John Francis Houlihan, left his hometown of Limerick, Ireland, heading for the port city of Cork where he boarded a cattle steamer bound for America.  The only passage he could afford was above deck, so in order to stay warm he had to huddle near the smokestack. It was there that he met and fell in love with Nelly Donohue from Donegal. When they finally arrived at Ellis… Read More

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The Families of Disabled Veterans Have Double and Triple Duty

This week we were honored to be keynote speakers for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Upstate New York.
Unlike EBV (Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities), the group we addressed last year that was made up of disabled veterans aspiring to become entrepreneurs, this group was predominantly made up of… Read More

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How To Get a Raise by Extrapolating

Extrapolation is the ability to understand the principle behind an example and apply it to new circumstances. In fact, your ability to do so is a direct measure of your ability to fully understand the principle, not just copy the example.
In our fast-paced world with instant answers at the tip of our fingers, it’s easier to get an “answer” quickly and then move on with rest of your work. But if you think “work”… Read More

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KGO 810 Radio Interview on “Quitting your job”

 
 
Michael & Bonnie were used at work place culture experts on KGO 810 Radio and interviewed by host, Matt Ray, about the Time Business & Money article “7 signs it’s time to quit your job”
 
To listen to the interview, please the play button below.
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Is a Sugar Tax Coming?

California may become the first state in the nation to require a warning label on sugary drinks similar to beverage alcohol and tobacco products. If California State Senator Mike Monning’s SB 1000 passes, it would require a label that reads “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” The law would become effective July 1,… Read More

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Fox Radio Network Drive Time Interview on “Quitting your job”

Michael Houlihan was interviewed by multiple Fox News Radio affiliates as a workplace culture expert on “Quitting your job”
 To listen to one of the interviews, please click on the link below… Read More

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Communicate the Reasons not just the Processes

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we honor our country’s two greatest leaders, George Washington who had to form a union, and Abraham Lincoln who had to hold it together. Both succeeded because they educated the people about the reasons for action. They both had to sell their cause.
The takeaway for leaders, whether they are politicians, managers, or business owners, is simple. To truly engage your people, educate… Read More

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Gender Neutral Language – Let’s Break a Few Rules!

Progressive writers and speakers have been striving for “gender neutrality” for some time now, so as to not favor one or the other. Sounds simple enough until you get into the onerous choices that are available in “proper” English. For instance, when you say “Hi!” to a group of men and women, do you say, “Hi guys” (generally referring to men), “Hi people” (sounds like boot camp), “Hi men and women”… Read More

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