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just plain joe.

My name is Joe. I have two blogs that I maintain., a business/career improvement space and, a general blog that contains a variety of thoughts on different topics. I live in Lawrence, KS, work as a Continuous Improvement Manager. I am working on two books and continuing education. I enjoy life with my Q, my kids, Kazho and Sox

a fork in the road – ethics and decision making

grey area fork in the road tough decisionsBusiness is full of right and wrong answers. There are no-brainers, and there are decisions which could be pondered for some time. It can be hard to deal with ethics and decision making.

So imagine that you have a large amount of expectations which have been handed down to you to execute against. When it comes time to make the difficult decision, and a grey area, do you struggle? Are you Robert Frost and going to take the road less traveled – or will you be completely objective selecting what is right for the business long term? Based on each person’s unique environmental development I would expect some variation in the standard  

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Free Material: Unleashing the Ideavirus Seth Godin

I have enjoyed reading Seth Godin for some time. He has a very inquisitive personality – and often creates ideas which will make you ponder the seth godin - unleasing the ideavirusconcept for long amounts of time. Below, is a file which I have uploaded to the site for your review. The material was shared with permission. I
have not read the entire thing but am intrigued thus far. Please share comments about the material, so others can get an insight (if you beat me to the finish of the book). If you get a chance to read Seth’s blog, you should.

Quoted from the introduction of the book:

“Marketing by interrupting people isn’t cost-effective anymore. You can’t afford to seek out people and send them unwanted marketing messages, in large groups

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Alternative to Photo Shop – free photo editing software

Adobe Photoshop is the, or one of the, best photo editing programs out there. It is really a household name now. However, most people cannot afford the stiff price tag that comes with it. So, since many businesses and home professionals cannot afford to purchase Adobe (myself included), I thought I would take a moment to share a program that I used for some time that is pretty reliable. Many businesses need some sort of import/export editing program but do not need all of the extras which come standard from Adobe.

Gimp is a free application which has many of the same tools that Adobe does. Remember, it is free, so as with any low budget software a skilled professional could pick it apart.  I have found that for basic blog editing and photo manipulation Gim

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