Blog - Blake DuBose

Join Us in Helping Hungry People and Homeless Pets

Posted: Mar 23, 2015 in Charitable by Mike & Blake

As part of our commitment to community service, we will be collecting donations throughout March and April that we will give to Harvest Hope Food Bank and PETS Inc. We welcome any contributions you would like to make! The following items are especially needed: For Harvest Hope: canned meat and fish peanut butter (in plastic jars) canned vegetables and fruits breakfast cereal personal care items (soap, shampoo, etc.) diapers any nutritionally dense foods For... 

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Sample Technology Policy

Posted: Feb 24, 2015 in by Mike & Blake

Sample Technology Policy The DuBose Family of Companies This is a sample policy modeled on the technology policy used by the DuBose Family of Companies. This example contains some differences from our actual policy, and we make no guarantees regarding its use. Your lawyer or human resources representative should review any policy before it is made official to ensure that it is lawful and fair. Throughout this example, “The Company” refers to the DuBose Family of Companies as a... 

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2015 Quality Vendors Guide

Posted: Feb 24, 2015 in Personal, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

The Quality Vendors Guide was developed by Mike DuBose for his employees, friends, customers, and fellow Westpark land owners. The DuBose Family of Companies includes: Columbia Conference Center (www.columbiameetings.com), DuBose Web Group (www.duboseweb.com), Research Associates (www.grantexperts.com), The Evaluation Group (www.evaluationgroup.com), and DuBose Fitness Center (www.dubosefitness.com). Additional personal, health, business, and travel articles may be read at Mike’s non-profit... 

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Building High-Performance Teams

Posted: Oct 14, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

At some point in our lives, we all take part in activities that necessitate teamwork. These situations crop up within professions, spiritual organizations, military service, children’s schools, political campaigns, neighborhood associations, sports teams, civic organizations, marriages, and families. One thing they all have in common is that when people don’t work together in unison toward common goals, problems occur. Conversely, when individuals passionately direct their efforts toward... 

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New Threats for a New Era: Protecting Your Personal and Business Security Online

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 in Business, Technology, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Some might say that thieves have it a lot easier these days. Why rob a bank with a gun in front of numerous witnesses (not to mention security cameras), when one can quickly and quietly steal peoples’ assets from behind a computer screen? In August 2014, USA Today reported that Russian cybercriminals had committed the largest theft of password and username combinations known to history—1.2 billion—as well as 5 million e-mails from databases on 420,000 websites. As this and many other news... 

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Choosing the Right Customers for Your Business

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

In the beginning, many new companies lack a clearly defined image of their ideal client. Most are just concerned about paying bills and will accept any customer with a heartbeat. However, from a combined four decades of business experience, we’ve learned that it’s essential to strategically pursue smart, mutually-beneficial partnerships. Profits aren’t worth the cost of your sanity! For lasting success, you need a purpose beyond making money. Engaging the right customers is a strategic move.... 

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What Does 2034 Look Like? What We Can Expect from the Next 20 Years

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 in Business, Technology, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

At a recent roundtable meeting with business leaders on technology and the future, we were stunned to hear the successful owner of ten body shops say he’d be out of business in 20 years. He predicted that, because of advancements in smart and driverless cars, there will be very few new car wrecks in the not-too-distant future. In fact, based on our research, 90% of car accidents worldwide occur due to human error. If cars could detect danger using sensors and cameras and then communicate with... 

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80 Smart Interview Questions from 50 Great Leaders

Posted: Jun 10, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

New employees represent not only a huge investment of time and money, but they can also significantly add to or detract from an organization’s culture. Each time you hire someone, you’re committing yourself and your staff to spending a large chunk of your week with that person. You simply can’t afford to introduce a “rotten apple” or a “slacker” into the mix, and if you do slip up, getting rid of them can be time-consuming and stressful! When seeking new employees, you must have a crystal... 

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Habits: The Force Behind Success!

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a habit.” Good habits can promote greatness for both individuals and organizations; likewise, bad habits can stifle an otherwise promising person or business. The good news is that, although habits become ingrained in our minds, these patterns can be changed. Through conscious effort and determination, we all have the ability to break bad habits and adopt inspiring ones. On a practical level, we rely on habits... 

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Leadership Secrets: 50 Strategies of the World’s Best Leaders

Posted: Mar 20, 2014 in Business by Mike & Blake

Along with outstanding staff, effective leaders are the driving force behind thriving businesses, private non-profits, government agencies, and houses of faith. Successful leaders define great organizational cultures, clarify the vision, and spur their teams to transform difficulties and obstacles into success. Becoming a great leader doesn’t just happen overnight, though. Effective leadership is an endless, evolving journey, and what works today may not work tomorrow. As Peter Drucker wrote,... 

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