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Make Your Own ‘New Normal’

The so-called ‘new normal’ is something you make, not something you predict, and if you lead a business, you should be deciding what should be your ‘new normal.’

If you lead a business, you should be deciding what should be your 'new normal.' Click To Tweet

Let me tell you three aspect of ‘normal’ that I think should become yours.

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Monsters Under the Bed

Tentativeness is rarely out of fear of consequences, but rather fear of unknown consequences, and there is a distinction.

Tentativeness is rarely out of fear of consequences, but rather fear of unknown consequences. Click To Tweet

A Japanese government ministry official in charge of supporting small to medium size businesses said a recent event in Tokyo said that a shocking number of profitable privately-owned small to medium sized companies with perfectly viable businesses are simply closing as their aging CEOs are unable to find a reasonable successor. The children of the owners who might take over the family business frequently lack either appetite or the aptitude to do so, and few if any possible buyers for the business ever materialize. Rates of entrepreneurship in Japan in general are about half of other OECD countries.

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Takeaways from lunch with Jim Thompson, Billion Dollar Entrepreneur

From left to right, Steven Bleistein, Jim Thompson, and Thomas Shockley

From left to right, Steven Bleistein, Jim Thompson, and Thomas Shockley

On February 5th, I organized a lunch with Jim Thompson, CEO and founder of Crown Worldwide. The lunch, hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, was fully booked with twenty people in attendance.

You may not have heard of Crown Worldwide, but they are one of the largest logistics, international relocation and document storage companies in the world. You probably have seen their trucks, present in many cities around the globe. They bright red sporting a yellow crown. Continue reading