Robert Gordon: The Coal Magnate of Cincinnati

Robert Gordon

“I must never leave my work until I have done my best.” That was the work ethic of Robert Gordon (1812-1884), a former slave and Cincinnati Black businessman who became a millionaire dealing coal. Gordon was born into slavery sometime in 1812, near Richmond, VA. His master operated a coal yard and young Robert quickly…

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The Real Thing: Coke Advertising

First Coca Cola Advertisement

I’ll confess. I’m deeply biased when it comes to my favorite carbonated beverage. If it’s not a Coca-Cola, it’s not a cola. I don’t know if I was born with this affection (some might call it an affliction), but here I am 58 years later still sipping Coke…albeit in more sugar-free varieties. My favorite is…

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America Embraces Debt

“Put it on my card!” It’s the American way. We buy now, pay later.  The history for card purchases is nothing new. In fact, it was first described in an Edward Bellamy utopian work titled Looking Backward (1887). Bellamy employed the term “credit card” in his work as a way for a person to spend…

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The Golden Spike Connects a Nation

It was one of the most significant transportation projects in U.S. history: the transcontinental railroad. Over six years (1863-1869) in the making, this railroad project joined the eastern states with the western frontier. The golden spike (or “The Last Spike”) was a ceremonial 17.6-karat gold spike driven by Leland Stanford to connect the rails of…

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Barbara Walters Joins ABC News

Barbara Walters Joins ABC News

In the mid-1970s, television news was largely a man’s sport. And then Barbara Walters joined the ABC News anchor desk with Harry Reasoner to shatter the glass ceiling. The women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s–including the Equal Rights Amendment for women in America–was reimagining the workplace. Barbara Walters was a nightly…

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The Secret to Increasing the Output of Your Team Backed by Science

The secret to increasing output of your team backed by science

I had the honor to provide content for Jeff Bullas on his world-renown website, www.jeffbullas.com. (https://www.jeffbullas.com/team-productivity-output/) On his site, over 25 million other readers have been educated and inspired to transform their life and business. My guest post follows: When it comes to team productivity, the problem we face is rooted in generational myths that…

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GenTech in the Workplace: A Fresh Perspective Employing Generations

Workforce and team and technology

Today’s workplace employs multiple generations, all working together. The Millennial is creative but lazy and entitled. The Gen Xer is hardworking, but rude and disloyal. The Boomer is reliable but old and out of touch. It’s a generational cocktail that produces derision and indecision, doubt and depression. So, let’s say you’re a 35-year old and…

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