Tag Archives: Decisions

What is Your Wake in the Marketplace?

Observing any boat crossing a body of water, you will notice the impact that it makes upon the water by the wake it leaves behind. Imagine the chaos of hundreds if not thousands of people in the water at the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Goodwill and Favour in Commerce

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. One day a young boy was misbehaving while his father was Christmas shopping. In irritation the father threatened, “If you don’t stop I’ll give all your Christmas presents to Goodwill.” The son frowned: “Who’s … Continue reading

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The Dark Triad in Commerce

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce In an earlier blog, I write on the subject of ‘experiencing the psychopath’ in commerce and how I discovered the concept of the ‘Dark Triad’ after a particularly bad experience with an international bank. … Continue reading

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Changing the Metaphors in Business

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. A metaphor is defined by the Dictionary as “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison” – as … Continue reading

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Business Success – A Dealer in Hope

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce At the turn of the 19th Century, Napoleon Bonaparte defined a leader as a ‘dealer in hope’, but in that case, hope was merely a secular belief in good outcomes for business or military … Continue reading

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Business Success – A Dealer in Peace

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. The Peacemakers “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Such a heart-warming verse of the Bible from the beatitudes of Jesus. Peacemakers display God’s reconciling nature because … Continue reading

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Business Success – Dealing in Contentment

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce Applying the Testudo One of my Christian mentors, who is sadly now deceased, often encouraged me to “apply the Testudo” in my business affairs. In ancient Roman warfare, the Roman Legions used what was … Continue reading

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Key Phrases from the Marketplace Handbook

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce When you have been active in the Marketplace for nearly three decades, as I have, or for 100 years as our family business has; you develop a specific language or handbook comprising a few … Continue reading

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Modern-Day Slavery in Commerce

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce Looking Back For the majority of the 7 billion people living on planet earth today, financial freedom is a long forgotten dream. In Roman times, if an individual owed money he/she was thrown in … Continue reading

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The Significance of Business Intelligence

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce The Financial Crises When I was living in Stratford upon Avon in England in 2008, I was intricately involved in global economics as a trained economist. At the time, the hidden precursors of the … Continue reading

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