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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Posted: Mar 11, 2014 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake
Fueled by a passion for learning the ins and outs of successful leadership, we have studied, researched, and interviewed many great leaders over the years. We have found that, although each has their own style and strategies, leaders often share common traits like humility and a dedication to executing ideas. One such leader is Alan George Lafley (known as “A.G.”), who joined Procter and Gamble upon graduating from Harvard Business School in 1977. He became P&G’s CEO, a position he held for ten...