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The Numbers Are Gloomy

— by Sam Carpenter on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Statistics show that of one hundred new business startups, only twenty will remain after five years. Then, in the next five years, only four of those remaining twenty will still be functioning. In another five years, three of those four will disappear, leaving one out of the original hundred. That’s a 99 percent small-business fatality […]

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Your Circle of Influence

— by Sam Carpenter on Sunday, April 13, 2014

A concept made popular by Stephen Covey, the circle of influence analogy illustrates one’s level of control. In years past I was hardly able to direct my own comings and goings due to whatever psychological funk was swallowing me up in the moment. My circle of influence felt like it was inches in diameter. Now, […]

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System Improvement Is Your Solution

— by Sam Carpenter on Saturday, December 14, 2013

Business (and Life) Success via a Simple Mindset Tweak In books on the subject of achieving business success there are two classic approaches: Do certain physical things – follow the recommended tips – and life will be swell Perform certain brain-teaser routines to manipulate one’s self, and one’s staff, into more productivity The Work the System methodology […]

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The Giant Machine

— by Sam Carpenter on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The world’s largest manufacturer of computer printers keeps a factory running 24/7/365. The nonhuman mechanical and electronic workers don’t take breaks, and they work their entire lives in this fixed location. A daily line of transport trucks delivers raw materials and picks up fully packaged products. A few cars in the tiny parking lot indicate […]

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Two Viewpoints

— by Sam Carpenter on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

(excerpt from Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, by Sam Carpenter In a broad sense, there are two psychological approaches to finding a way to lead a full, positive existence. The first holds that the events of the past and the mindset we formed as a result of those […]

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The Yearning

— by Sam Carpenter on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I’ve been reading Abraham Maslow (1908-1970). A “Behaviorist” psychologist, he is famous for his Hierarchy of Needs theory. The theory is pretty much explained by the illustration I show here. I will not delve deeper into his work other than to simply quote from Wikipedia: “…(Maslow) generalized that, among other characteristics, self-actualizing people tend to […]

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Twitter? The Two Elephants

— by Sam Carpenter on Monday, September 23, 2013

This is an edgy post. Maybe a bit dark, too. I Twittered for a while but now, not so much. Why? Here is the smaller of two elephants that quickly sprawled themselves across my living room. I quote an article from Helen Popkin, in her article Twitter Nation, way back in 2007: “Why do we […]

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What Successful People Do Differently

— by Sam Carpenter on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Note: Centratel CEO Sam Carpenter has written extensively on system improvements, and his techniques have built Centratel’s entire process. Centratel’s Medical Answering Service connects patients with on-call physicians seamlessly. Below is what he has shared and applied directly at Centratel. This is an excerpt from the Third Edition of Work the System, and has much […]

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Rewire Your Brain

— by Sam Carpenter on Friday, May 24, 2013

“Today, unlike thirty years ago, a good ‘now’ is available by just turning off and plugging in. For too many of us, slowing down to examine things is not entertaining, and that’s too bad because it is mandatory we understand the machinery of our lives if we are to modify that machinery to produce the […]

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The Fabric of Our Lives

— by Sam Carpenter on Saturday, May 4, 2013

Could it be that the common presumption that the world is not functioning well — that the world is a mess — is wrong? Yes, that presumption is wrong, because in any given life, on any given day, countless events and connections — systems — work perfectly. This world is incredibly efficient when one considers […]

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