When Not To Tap

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I wrote an article for BJJ Legends Magazine on Tammi Musumeci’s gutsy performance at the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship entitled “When Not to Tap.”  Article can be found here found here.

If there was ever a time in sport Jiu-Jitsu when you don’t tap, that was it. Sunday at the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Michelle Nicolini placed Tammi Musumeci in a brutal, behind-the-back arm-bar. Tammi did not tap, and Nicolini dislocated Tammi’s elbow. Tammi was up 6 to 4 with less than a minute left.

She avoided a spider guard sweep by Nicolini, which allowed Nicolini to slip behind and capture the arm. Tammi’s arm straightened, stiffened, and then popped. You could almost hear the hollow sound, two bones un-notching creating an uncanny bend. Tammi continued to fight, but Nicolini got to her knees and toppled Tammi over. The score was then tied 6-6, but Nicolini…

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Water cooler talk: Frown upon or encourage?

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Water Cooler Talks

As businesses seek to become more profitable, managers often seek ways to reduce costs and increase productivity.  It has been my experience (and a no-brainer) that managers feel one key way to accomplish both of these goals is to eliminate and frown upon wasted time at the office.  This brings us to the question posed on the article’s topic line”Water cooler talk: (Should we… ) Frown upon or encourage?”
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A break from the Norm: Walmart’s brilliant response

WalmartSo a few weeks ago I read a blogpost from industry giant, wally-world… I mean, Walmart, which I thought offered a very refreshing way to fire back at one of its critics. The critic in this case was New York Times columnist, Timothy Egan. Mr. Egan published an article full of ‘facts’ that shed America’s number one retailer in a bad light. Instead of ignoring the article (albeit an article pressed on a leading newspaper) or responding to the allegations in a press release (who really does read press releases anymore?), Walmart’s director of corporate communications, David Tovar, literally took a ‘red pen’ approach and began correcting the inaccuracies posted by the columnist. Continue reading “A break from the Norm: Walmart’s brilliant response”

Will You Still Like Me…When I Don’t Buy?

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So many people today tweet, share, postcomment, and like, all to get you to do what? To BUY! “Well, of course! Isn’t that why we all do what we do?”

In the emerging trend of social media selling, it’s hard to even like someone’s page, connect with them on Twitter, exchange an email, or comment on their blog without getting a barrage of unsolicited solicitation. My “like” was not payment or currency given in exchange for your sales pitch; I simply liked your blog.

Will you still like me when I don’t buy?

Not everyone is in the business for the business. Some simply do what they do because they love to do it. Stephen King is quoted saying, “Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being…

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  Doing Things Differently to Succeed in Business | Getentrepreneurial.com

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If you want to succeed in business there are certain things you’re going to have to do the same as everybody else, such as getting your name out there and, yes, paying your taxes on time. There are other things, however, that you should go out of your way to do completely differently, to buck the trend on, in order to secure your place in the history books of successful business owners of the twenty-first century.

With more and more people becoming self-employed and starting their own companies, the competition is stronger than ever before. Rather than letting that deter you, you should see it as a challenge, as something to thrive upon. Sure, you’re unlikely to get anywhere if you follow the same old rules and regulations. But if you choose to do things just that little bit differently to everybody else, success could be just around the corner.

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