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Gary Goldstick
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Author of SAVING THE KARAMAZOVS, a thriller set in the unstable business world of the 1990 Gulf War.
Author of SAVING THE KARAMAZOVS, a thriller set in the unstable business world of the 1990 Gulf War.

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Louis Auchincloss’s 1966 novel, The Embezzler, addressed an issue that would both dominate the headlines and affect a substantial portion of society 42 years later — namely flagrant malfeasance of highly placed and trusted members of the financial elite. Take a look at my review...
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The Bottom Line, a business thriller by British author John Harman, was originally published in 1991 and recently re-released as an e-book. Of ten Kindle reviewers, seven gave it five stars. This is admittedly a small sample size, but I will add my review to the hat...
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Top Producer by Norb Vonnegut is a well written, interesting business thriller, and about three quarters of his readers on Amazon agree with me. Check out my review...
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The underlying assumption on which you base all your operational and strategic decisions is that your business is "healthy" and that there  will be sufficient cash flow and profitability in both the near and distant future to carry out your business plan.
 
But as the song goes, "it ain't necessarily so".
 
Business involves a constant test of the strengths and weaknesses of the company in relation to the economic and market environment in which it operates. A truly healthy business can survive many setbacks because it is properly prepared for difficulties and aware of the signs of business problems. A business that is not healthy, doesn't have the same adaptability to outside events or immunity to internal breakdowns.
 
So a clear understanding of the health of your business is critical if you want to insure that it can ward off the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" that could damage it or even sink it!
 
I developed an instrument that will do that very thing. It consists of sixty true/false questions which when completed will provide you with an assessment of the health of your business and will also offer a prescription for addressing it's most pressing  problems. I have used this instrument hundreds of  times in my 35 years of consulting with troubled and failing companies.
 
Simply go to my business website and take the test. After you complete it you will know a good deal more about your business.
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In the early 1970s I was struggling to keep alive the high-tech company I had founded in 1964. I also saw for the first time Save the Tiger, a film based on Steve Shagan's novel of the same name, and immediately knew that I had discovered a soul mate—someone who had challenges and experiences similar to my own.
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Another article in Dennis Beaver's series on starting a new business. I offer some insight on why most new businesses fail.
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This article on starting your own business quotes me on a few points.
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In the financial pages of a recent New Yorker, James Surowiecki puts the spotlight on how both the con man and the entrepreneur use risk, hope, and hype to sell their project, product, or business to move your money into their pockets. But can we really compare men such as Charles Ponzi, Bernie Madoff, and Allen Stanford to Steven Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg?
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When I saw the ad in the Willamette Writers conference brochure for Stephen Maitland-Lewis’s new novel, Ambition, the lavish endorsements primed me for reading the business fiction answer to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. (Among the blurbs were ones by Kitty Kelley and Robert Dugoni.) So I downloaded the Kindle version and read it over the next twenty-four hours...
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