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A Culture of Bribery
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) It was two hours before closing time. But Mr. Lee had to ask his customers to leave the store. “I’m very sorry. You have to leave now. I have special business to take care of.” His wife looked sad. "The store is so busy,... Read more
Daniel Pink’s Advice about Work
ReadOasis Step 4 The scariest word in the economy right now is the word routine. Anything that is routine is disappearing from this country, and routine is work you can reduce to a spec sheet, to a script, to a formula, to a series of steps that has a... Read more
Born a Businessman (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 In 1966, Richard was 16 years old. He was a student, but he was annoyed with the way he was taught in school. He wanted to change his world, and he was going to do something about it. He resolved to publish a magazine that was... Read more
Stop Multitasking
By Fast Company and Gina Trapani ReadOasis Step 5 A human’s ability to do several things at once, it’s a wonder of biology. It means we can eat a burrito while we walk down the street and listen to music and daydream about the weekend, all at the same... Read more
Get Up Earlier than the Next Guy
By Tom Peters (Creative Commons) ReadOasis Step 2 Flying to Boston from London on Saturday morning. 7 hours. Professional woman sitting in front of me. I duly swear, she did not look up for 7 hours. She produced more on her laptop than I do in ... a week... Read more
Call of Duty Game Breaks Records Again
ReadOasis Step 2 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this gaming news on November 12, 2010, summarized here at ReadOasis Step 2. The video game Call of Duty: Black Ops reached first-day sales of $360 million in the U.S. and U.K. The game is made by the company Activision.... Read more
Get Down to Business in English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A Big Decision As usual, the boss spoke clearly and in short sentences. “Okay, it’s decided. This meeting is over. You all know what to do.” One by one, the managers closed their notebooks and stood up. There were no jokes and no laughter.... Read more
The Rich Lawyer
ReadOasis Step 1 The United Way is a group that helps people. The United Way might call you. And they might ask you for a donation of money. Your donation might help build a school in the Philippines. It might help train people for work in the United States.... Read more
The Longest Railway
ReadOasis Step 2 VOA Learning English reports that China has paid for the longest railway in the world. It's 13,000 kilometers long! The longest railway in the world is now open. In December, a train carrying products from China arrived in Spain’s capital, Madrid. The railway is one of the most recent transportation projects that China has financed in Europe. The train took three weeks to go from the city of Zhejiang in China to Madrid in Spain. It takes a ship... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he answered with great confidence. “Sir, your search ends... Read more
Playing Global Business on a Level Field
ReadOasis Step 3 A Review of The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century By Thomas L. Friedman. We are entering a new era where the world is one massive marketplace. Old powers had the advantage, but the playing field is leveling now. New powers are... Read more
Bill Gates: A Model for Business?
By Tek Smith ReadOasis Step 2 As a young man, Bill Gates had the idea to make a company. In 1975, he left Harvard University, and he started Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen. By 2007, Microsoft employed 78,000 people in 105 countries. Today about 90% of the world’s... Read more
Watch Out for Dragons
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit The floor, wall, and windows began to shake violently. “What in the world?” said John as he looked out the second... Read more
Watch Out for Dragons
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) Business expert Seth Godin suggests five key words for a strong business plan: truth, assertions, alternatives, people, and money. Know the truth about the market, customers, and technology. Regarding truth, as you plan, you describe the reality of the world where you want to... Read more
Watch Out for Dragons
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) Have alternatives and options. You can make many assertions like this, but Godin reminds us that many assertions will be wrong. In doing business, people often go over budget. They miss deadlines, and they fail to make sales. This brings up the next important... Read more
A Culture of Bribery
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) In most countries bribery is illegal, but it happens in government, medicine, politics, sports, and business. Legal or not, bribery is unjust. Bribes allow people with money to gain opportunities, while the needy or the most talented lose out. And bribery hurts business. In... Read more
The Way to Wealth
By Benjamin Franklin ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) Now, think about this. Ben Franklin was a great writer, publisher, statesman, scientist, and inventor. He lead a very productive life, and he was successful in life because of the way he thought about life. He said, “Either write something worth... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) Let's compare this fun with the reality of the work world. The New York Times has reported that 25% of American workers have cried because of stress at work. Almost half the workers in the U.S. say that the office is a place of... Read more
Get Down to Business in English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) Besides Rakuten, Uniqlo, the Japanese fashion giant, also has a similar English policy. CNN reports that this policy requires workers to do meetings in English. And new staff must achieve a score of 700 on English tests to join the company. Tadashi Yanai, president... Read more
Get Down to Business in English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 3) So if you understand lots of messages or stories in a low stress situation, you will acquire lots of language. That’s it. That’s all you need to do. You can easily remember this theory with the word ALBUM-S. It looks like this: Acquire Languages... Read more