Evidence Based Business Coaching

The history of coaching in business can be traced back to the 1950-60s, when psychologists documented case studies for reference. Though coaching is a combination of counseling, leadership, psychology, adult learning etc, it is not a form of psychotherapy. The main objective of coaching is getting an economic benefit by implementing behavioral growth and change in the person or organization receiving it.

Coaching Models

Only valid, competent, and behaviorally identified models are mentioned or used by leading companies and academics. Other coaching courses may use derivatives of Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) like the GROW model, or other well-intentioned approaches. However, the basis of these approaches, and the ways to verify them, cannot be ascertained.

Two central coaching models, namely process model and the core behavioral model, are said to be the base of the programs devised by coaches.

Firstly, the Process Model or Behavioral Coaching Process Model is different from traditional approaches, which are simplistic and theoretical in nature. It solely uses proven definitive modeling, which is validated, and is robustly psychological. Being a 7-step model that describes the tasks to be undertaken clearly, this model is industry proven.

Secondly, the Core Model or the Core Behavioral Aspects Model identifies core behavioral aspects like beliefs, thinking, values, etc, which help in predicting behavioral changes. It only uses evidence based behavioral change tools and techniques to provide behavioral feedback, and an action plan.

Evidence Based Coaching

Evidence based business coaching is considered a scientific approach because of the methodical industry and clinical research conducted to support and prove certain findings. This method is a way of differentiating the simplistic approach, which is unproven, from the scientific approach. It replaces the old and outdated practices with new methods. Being more accurate and powerful, it invalidates old methods.

Since this is a scientific approach, the coaches need to have a firm grasp of the relevant psychological based tools and techniques that have the potential to accurately determine certain things like personal fears, values etc. Even though scientific knowledge is required, the coach need not have a degree in psychiatry to be efficient at his job. An open mind and a well-trained scientific approach would suffice to impart knowledge to the employees.

Many times executive coaches know little about human behavioral change and business coaching. However, this is not a necessity, as the main discerning criterion to qualify a coach is his or her ability to think in terms of business.

The coaches have to be competent and confident enough to use the different psychological based tools and behavioral techniques. To get authentic and measurable results, it is necessary that a qualified trainer imparts personal training, mentoring, and supervises performance from time to time.

The coaching practitioners of recent times are familiar with the demanding market environments. They also realize that helping developing skills, and psychological based methods of change, are essential for success. To facilitate the development and learning of the coach, professionally qualified educators supervise the strategies and skills. This serves as a learning experience, and the feedback provided can be constructively used to improve the techniques for optimal performance of not only the coach, but also of those being coached.

Besides business related interactions, coaches need to form a certain level of empathy with their coachees, as they are normally called. It helps in devising strategies in keeping with the nature of the coaches and improves performance. With changing times business organizations go through numerous highs and lows with the vicissitudes of the market. For organizational and individual well-being, the people involved in business need to keep abreast of modern techniques of success.

Kris Koonar

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Can I qualify for grant funding as a small business?

I am a small business licensee and am just starting my business. I run soccer-based educational fitness programs for children ages 2 to 6. One of the major goals of the program is to combat childhood obesity. I teach the children using pretend play as opposed to tradition coaching or teaching.

A program typically lasts 12 weeks, and I operate out of preschools and daycares. Parents who choose to participate pay $40 for each 4 session package that they purchase. My goal is to be able to create a scholarship fund from grant funding, fundraising, and local business sponsorships in order to allow more children access to this incredible program. Since I am a business and not a non-profit, I am not sure that I am able to qualify.

If you have expertise in this area, please give me some clarity and direction. Thanks!

Try and build a strong companies profile while applying for a loan, and be assured you are going to succeed….

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Any ways to find a job at age 15?

I really need a job. I found one on Craigslist for a cheer coaching job & he sounded interested, but I never got a call back from him. Maybe a small business or something? Help! Thanks! (:

In this economy, with so many ones needing to support families, out of work, older adults are now doing retail jobs normally done by young folks. That leaves few options for finding ways to earn money. As such, why not consider starting your own “Green Friendly” business that can be done using a bicycle with a few tools. My sister did this while going to college. Here is an article on it. Due to the limit on the number of characters you can put into these answer boxes, I cannot simply copy it into here.



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What does the profession Life Coach involve?

I know that it is helping people feel happy with themselves and achieve personal goals but what exactly does life coaching involve? How would they help a person achieve these things? Thanks :)

They must be good at suckering people into thinking they need "help".

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Speech at Aligarh University, India – February 2008 (text)

Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Aligarh University Speech by Frank F. Islam

Mr. Vice Chancellor, Faculty Members, Students, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Before I begin my speech, I’d like to recognize some people who have traveled with me from the United States.  [Acknowledge].   Please give them a warm welcome. 
Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today. I’d like to sincerely thank all of you for coming and for your hospitality.  I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.  I want to sincerely thank Dr. Saleemuddin for providing me with this opportunity.  I am deeply touched by his spirit.
As you can tell, I am honored, thrilled and excited to be here. I am proud to be an alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University.  To me, Aligarh will always be a shining “City on the Hill” — beckoning brightly to all who thirst for knowledge and progress.
Let me begin by saying a few words about your Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdul Azis. I admire his leadership.  People like him give us strength, hope and courage. He is a source of comfort, pride and joy to everyone who meets him.  He is passionate, committed and determined. The spirit of this extraordinarily talented man has deeply touched me.
The memory of Aligarh still lingers on my mind and has never faded from my memory.  It is still as fresh in my memory and in my thoughts as it was so many years ago.  My days at A.M.U. have had a profound effect on me.  I still remember riding my bike from V.M. Hall to all over campus.  It was an exciting time of my life, though I must admit… sometimes it was chaotic.  But nevertheless, it was filled with charms, cheers, changes, and challenges.
It was inspiring and the memories remain endearing.  Aligarh provided me with the basic building blocks to become a successful entrepreneur, to assume serious responsibilities, and most importantly, to become a passionate leader.
For me, personally, it’s been a remarkable journey from Aligarh to the United States of America. I came to the U.S. in pursuit of hope, happiness and dreams.  I am a living example of someone realizing the American dream.  I am fortunate.  I am blessed.  My dream has come true.  And I know your dreams will come true too. 
Let me briefly outline what I want to talk to you about today:

  • I’ll Start with the values Aligarh instilled in me, especially a love for education…
  • Then I’ll consider India’s Promise, and how its fulfillment demands the uplift of all…
  • Next we’ll look at how entrepreneurs can catalyze the fulfillment of India’s Promise…
  • After which I’ll share with you my views and experiences on leadership and entrepreneurship

Aligarh’s Values

I’ve always depended upon the values Aligarh instilled in me, especially:

  • A Love for education
  • Eternal optimism about your hopes and dreams
  • Being collegial and candid towards all
  • Keeping steadfast in your standard of excellence
  • And living in peace and harmony, by being tolerant & respectful toward the dignity of each person.

I still cherish all these values, and am indebted to AMU for my success as an entrepreneur.


We know many men and women from Aligarh who have made significant contributions in all walks of life — from educators to politicians, poets, scientists and engineers. They have made their mark on the world and in so doing, stand as role models encouraging those who have yet to achieve their highest aspirations and dreams. We should do what we can to ensure Aligarh remains a premier center of knowledge. We should do our part to give back to our community, to strengthen our families and to educate our children. I am deeply committed to educating our children. We must create an environment that allows our children to excel. 
I cherish the hopes, dreams and aspirations of our future generations. It is our children who are the hope of tomorrow. As Prime Minister Nehru once said:  “We should build the noble mansion where all of our children can dwell, where all our children can prosper and where all our children can have a bright future. It is the future that beckons to us.” 
The supreme interest of Sir Syed’s life was education.  Now more than ever, education is the key ingredient of success.  Education empowers people and strengthens nations.  Education opens doors so anyone can lift himself or herself out of poverty.  It enhances the dignity of human beings, and increases his or her self-respect.  
Let’s do our part to ensure that Sir Syed’s dream never dies.  Let’s fulfill his vision and mission.  Let’s keep his memory alive by doing our part to preserve, protect and promote the Aligarh culture.  Let’s pledge anew our dedication to expanding and propagating the Aligarh movement.
As part of my commitment to education, I’ve created a charitable foundation. The main mission of this foundation is education.  We provide scholarship programs to those students who want to go to school but cannot afford it because of financial hardship.

India’s Promise

You know, people like me — Non-Resident Aligarians — are the global representatives of Aligarh and its peoples, languages, religions, values, cultures and history.  Non-Resident Aligarians should look at ways in which we can become catalysts in the growth of AMU.  I urge the Vice Chancellor to convene a meeting of Non-Resident Aligarians at AMU so we can play an important role in Aligarh’s journey towards becoming an even stronger and more vibrant institution.
India is now a major engine of the global economy. India is attracting foreign investment and fostering a business climate that has created a vibrant new generation of business leaders. A new class of entrepreneurs is emerging in India, adding momentum to the country’s economic boom. 
Unfortunately, the enormity of the poverty problem still plagues India. India is only shining for a small minority.  For all too many, India is getting darker.  What we have in India is an island of prosperity in an ocean of poverty.  The lack of basic access to sanitation, education, nutrition and healthcare represents a broken base that precludes our fellow citizens from advancing up the pyramid of success. 
Poverty drains institutions of good governance, depletes scarce resources, weakens leadership and crushes hope. Poverty fuels frustration and Poverty fuels desperation. Poverty does not belong in a civilized society.  Its proper place is in museum.
It has been shown that poor people trying to break out of poverty would much rather be given an opportunity to improve their condition via their own work, rather than simply receiving a hand-out. We should focus on helping people realize their potential to succeed, rather than merely applauding the end result of success itself. 
You and I, working together, need to dismantle the barriers of India’s caste system.  We should provide equal opportunities in education and jobs to all citizens of India, regardless of color, caste, creed or religion.  Discrimination based on caste or minority status can shatter people’s ambitions and dreams.  It does not close the gap between rich and poor, but rather causes social unrest and holds back India’s ambition to become a major economic, cultural and diplomatic power. 
Let us do what we can to eradicate poverty. We must be united in our fight against disease, ignorance, poverty, tyranny and terrorism. Only when we are united will we have the strength to triumph.
The best way to eradicate poverty is through education and entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurship and leadership can deliver on the dreams we all have, turning hope into reality!

Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Now, this leads me to my topic for today, which is “Entrepreneurship and Leadership.”  I’m sure many of you here today have the desire, the drive and the dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. Dreams give us the strength that carries us through.  It is not we who carry the dream… Perhaps the dream carries us.
As an entrepreneur, I look at India and see the potential for free enterprise and creativity to unlock many of the intractable problems that we face today. 
I love entrepreneurship. There is nothing like the excitement, glory, fun and sheer thrill of starting something from scratch and watching it grow into a large enterprise of astonishing proportions. If you have the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, grab it.  Find passionate and driven people and lead them.  Give them all the necessary resources, and then give them some oxygen to breathe.
We should help our young men and women to become entrepreneurs.  We must provide them with business mentoring and seed funding to start-up. These young entrepreneurs will learn how to build a business, develop a credit history and ultimately become employers themselves.  As each new enterprise takes a firm root, we can be proud that we helped transform a young person into a LEADER. 
In order for an entrepreneur to succeed, capital is needed to convert the vision into reality. Governments and banks have an obligation to provide loans to entrepreneurs. 
I am a strong believer that everyone deserves a chance – a chance to get a decent education; a chance to get a good job; a chance to grow a successful business; a chance to raise a healthy and happy family, and a chance to prosper.  We should provide opportunity to all people — not just a fortunate few.

Taking Risks

Entrepreneurship is all about taking risks, being focused and committed. It is about confronting uncertainty with optimism, ingenuity and creativity.
We have to get out of our comfort zone, venture into new horizons and experience new environments.  We must not be afraid of taking chances.  If we fail, we must simply get up and try again.  Perhaps we will fail further… but nevertheless, we must try yet again.  Success teaches you how to move forward, but failure teaches you to never go backwards.  Thus, failure is the first step to success.


Another important element of entrepreneurship is passion. Without passion you cannot succeed, for it is passion that keeps you striving when times are difficult, as all endeavors will be at some point. Without passion, resources will never be enough and they will quickly dissipate into thin air.  But your passion will always find a way, even when probabilities conspire against your dream.


One of the most important ingredients of entrepreneurship for me is Focus. When a company does not focus, it is planting seeds for future problems. When a company becomes one mile long and one inch deep, it loses its power. But, when a company focuses like a laser, it can convert a few kilowatts of energy into coherent and powerful energy. When a company focuses like a laser, it can drill hole in a diamond, and can even cure cancer! 
A lack of focus is like the sun that dissipates its vast energy by shining its light in all directions. Focus is power. It creates a powerful perception of resolve in the minds of your customers, employees and competitors.  Maintaining a laser-like focus is effective in the long term.  It doesn’t reap rewards overnight. You have to have patience. It takes a long time to turn around a corporate battleship in the river.  I can’t emphasize enough how extremely important Focus has been in the success of my own company. 
There are many opportunities for entrepreneurship in India. You have to identify and exploit the openings in such industries as energy, infrastructure, education, communication, transportation and information technology. 
Entrepreneurship is not primarily about maximizing profits, but rather engaging all the stakeholders – that is, the communities and people who are affected by the nature of your business.  To be a good entrepreneur is to treat people with the utmost respect and dignity.

Customer Satisfaction

Before I speak to you about leadership, I would like to say few words about customer satisfaction and the role customers play in making a company successful.  You should treat customer the way we all want to be treated ourselves.  To better relate to customers, I’ve developed the following values and practices to live by:

  • Never try to maximize profit at the expense of building long-term relationships.
  • Give customers a good, fair deal.
  • Always look for ways to make it easier for customer to do business with you.
  • Communicate daily with customers. If they are talking to you, they can’t be talking to your competitors.
  • Do not forget to say Thank You.

What is Leadership?

Now, I would like to speak to you about effective and efficient leadership. The long-term success of entrepreneurship rests upon training a generation of people with the skills to excel as leaders in business.
Before you can become a leader, you must first focus on growing yourself.  After becoming a leader, success is all about growing others.  Here are some of the other elements of a successful leader:

  • Leaders have a clear vision and ensure that others not only see the vision, but also live and breathe it. 
  • Leaders create environments where people can be truly committed.
  • Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.
  • Leaders exude positive energy and optimism that gets under everyone’s skin.
  • Leaders have respect for all people.
  • Leaders give credit to others…. and often take the blame when something goes wrong.
  • Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency and credit-giving.
  • Leaders act with integrity in spite of the difficulty.
  • Leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and gut calls.
  • Leaders probe and push with a curiosity that borders on skepticism, making sure their questions are answered with action.
  • Leaders balance risk and reward.
  • Leaders see mistakes as learning opportunities.
  • Leaders are firm but fair.
  • Leaders are enthusiastic.
  • Leaders get everyone involved.
  • Leaders are tough…yet tender.
  • Leaders inspire learning by setting the example.
  • Leaders celebrate.

I would like to say more regarding several of these leadership qualities that I just mentioned:
First, winning companies embrace risk-taking and learning. You should create a culture that welcomes risk-taking.  But to take prudent risks, you must freely admit when mistakes happen, and why.  That way, risky decisions in the future will benefit from the lessons learned from past mistakes. If you want to change, set the example yourself. You will love the exciting culture you create and the results you get – and so will your team.
The second leadership quality to emphasize is that Leaders Celebrate.  Celebrating make people feel like winners and creates an atmosphere of recognition and positive energy. Work is too big a part of life not to recognize the moments of achievement. Grab as many as you can. There is no easy formula for being a leader. Leadership is challenging – all those balancing acts, all those responsibilities, and all that pressure. Leaders care passionately about their people.  Indeed, leadership is really all about helping other people succeed and grow. 
We did not talk about employees, which is an important element of successful leadership.  Leaders should listen to the people who actually do the work.  Develop trust among employees.  Empower employees.  Enable employees to speak out freely.  Respect their dignity and recognize their contributions. 
Let me say a few words about the decision-making process.  Remember you are not a leader to win a popularity contest – you are a leader to LEAD!  When making difficult decisions, leaders must balance short term risk with long term rewards.  It takes courage to balance risk and reward.  Leaders should be aware of the strengths and weaknesses, motivations and biases in order to manage the risk-reward balancing most effectively.
A leader has to articulate how to achieve maximum performance with clarity and forthrightness.  There are no secret formulas for succeeding in business.  But you should craft a tightly woven, carefully scripted business philosophy that provides crisp guidelines for every aspect of business.

Leadership is about vision and values – knowing what you believe and then knowing when and how to act according to those beliefs.  This means making decisions that entail some risk — based on instinct, intuition and belief – rather than decisions based exclusively on data.

My Experiences

I’d like to say a few words about my own experience as a CEO.  I cultivated a very vision-driven organization into a tightly-focused company whose employees all knew precisely what was expected of them, and always delivered exactly what they promised.  I gave people at all levels specific tools and metrics, and enforced fact-based decision-making.  Managers at all levels in my company honored these commitments, engaged in disciplined meetings, focused on decisions and measured progress against stated objectives.  I surrounded myself with some great performers who delivered results.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a sense of humility brings us together as Aligarians linked by a common goal to do what we can to benefit humanity. All of you deserve an opportunity to experience prosperity. Entrepreneurship can help you break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. I do not want to sugarcoat the challenges that you will face as an entrepreneur. However, you should be able to conquer these challenges and convert them into opportunities. Initially, you may experience disappointment, despair, and darkness, but always remember that there will be a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope and pray that one day that the glow of light from this great institution will penetrate deep into the darkness, and light up the whole world.  As Alexander Smith once said, “A man does not plant a tree for himself.  He plants it for posterity.”Let us continue to plant and our children shall reap the harvest.


I’d like to close my speech with Sir Syed’s words:
“You have reached a particular stage and remember one thing, that when I undertook the task, there was criticism all around against me, abuses were hurled upon me, life had become so difficult for me that I aged before my age, I lost my hair, my eyesight, but not my vision. My vision never dimmed, my determination never failed, I built this institution for you and I am sure, you will carry the light of this institution far and wide, darkness will disappear from all around.”
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you today. Thank you for your time, and for your commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.  I wish all of you continued success in the future, and look forward to when our paths cross again.  I am confident you will achieve your goals.  I am sure you will rise to the challenge, and transform you passion into profits. 
Always remember, that no matter how steep the pass, or how discouraging the pace, I implore you to never give up on your goals.

If you need a copy of my speech you can visit my website www.ffislam.com.

Thank you and God bless you.                

Scott Adams

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Is Business Coaching Meant for You

Business coaching is conducted primarily to have a competitive advantage in the market. Most companies that opt for business coaching already have high revenues. Most established businesses find it a worthwhile investment for increasing productivity, management efficiency, and income. It can be very effective in proprietary businesses, especially when the management is planning to expand, achieve yearly objectives, or sort out day-to-day problems.

Business coaching is meant for businesses that are growing at a very rapid rate. Fast growing businesses need to constantly recruit new employees and arrange for the required amount of capital for expansion. This can very often create problems related to workforce management, resource allocation, and delegation of authority and responsibility. Although these problems have very little effect on the bottom line, in time, these problems can manifold and can seriously start affecting productivity and profits along with the competitive advantage that the business had in the first place. Owners of fast growing businesses have little time to manage day-to-day problems, as most of their time goes into planning and managing expansion plans. Business coaching enables businesses to prioritize their objectives and allocate time and resources to each component of productivity in proportion to their relative contribution.

Businesses that have failed in the past and are starting out fresh can also benefit from professional business coaches as they help in identifying mistakes made in the past, break free from inefficient management practices, and create positive new ones. Business coaching is for businesses that want to benefit from a fresh point of view provided by professional coaches who offer an unbiased opinion about the business, and give the right kind of advice without any ulterior motives. Business coaching plays an advisory role and does not directly affect the decisions of the management related to recruitment, salary hikes, bonuses, and cost cutting. It is a mutual partnership wherein the business coach identifies business goals and resources, and suggests the most suitable path for achieving the planned objectives.

The duration of business coaching depends on how much time the management is willing to commit to working with a business coach. If the aim is to learn goal-setting skills or create marketing plans, then a coaching session of four to eight weeks is sufficient to cover the subject. However, if the objective is to receive advice on a regular basis, then business coaching can continue for months or even years, depending on what your goals are, the manner in which you want to work with your coach, and how often you intend to meet with your coach. If the business has identified long-term goals over a period of several years, then it is imperative to continue business coaching as it enables and ensures that the company stays on track until the completion of the goals. By making an investment in business coaching, businesses have and will continue to receive motivation, training, guidance, and mentoring that will insure growth and increased profitability. The investment is small considering the ROI achieved through the business coaching relationship.

Kris Koonar

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can i deduct mileage for traveling to a separate work location?

i do not own my own business. i’m a teacher so i drive to my school every day. however, this year i will be coaching golf which is at a golf course that i will have to drive to every day. since the golf team is so small the school does not provide transportation. can i deduct the mileage that i have to drive from my regular work location to the golf course and then home again?

You might be able to deduct the mileage from your regular work location to the golf course, but not from the golf course to home. In order to take the deduction you must first itemized deductions (as opposed to taking the standard deduction). Then, only those unreimbursed business expenses (mileage) in excess of 2% of your adjusted gross income can be deducted. You also must keep detailed logs of your miles.

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how do I find a life coach in my area?

I have heard about life coaches and personal planners/life organizers and I think I may need one. I really need help with time-management, organization, life direction, and over all life organization. Is that what a life coach does? Serious answers only please

You may want to try using this site that matches you up with coaches based on what you are looking for and personality fit. Also, a lot of coaches do their work online or via telephone, so try not to limit yourself to just someone who is in your area, as you may find a coach who is a better fit who doesn’t live in your area. Here is the site: http://www.mycoachmatch.com

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I am an online freelancer. I worked on a project for this Australian employer and now he has defaulted….?

I am a freelancer living outside Australia.mI am owed money by an Australian resident for the project I had done for him through a website online. The employer DEAN EGAN is the founder and CEO of an online company NLP Success Coach, (the same company had hired me to work on compilation of an ebook which took me about 2 months worth of design and formating work). The company had a proper website by the same domain name but it has been shut done recently.

Unfortunately, the employer has defaulted payments for about 4 months now.

Email records of what was the work that was required to be done, the pay rate, the deadline, employer satisfaction, etc every thing is with me as reference and proof. Contact details are also available with me including contact number and email. My personal requests to the employer to pay me have been discourteously turned down more than 7 times over the last four months. Now I want to take up legal action against the employer to recover my dues.

Is there a way to help me out in this situation?

Heh, NLP Success Coach failed to make a success for himself.

If you worked through a freelance website and didn’t set up a milestone payment, or a fair-play payment or an advance payment and Agreed to perform your duties as a freelancer thought the freelance website, especially if you were working through GAF/freelancer.com for instance, they would trace your payment. However, legally speaking, if the company has bankrupt, there will be no payment unless it was insured.

I am more then sure, that the NLP success coach was trying to save his business and the designs you did for him was his last hope, it didn’t work so he went bankrupt.

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Are all CEO’s humble dim wits, or is this just an act they are coached to put on, when questioned about crimes?

Murdoch being just the latest crooked CEO to use the old "Sergeant Shultz" act to avoid questions, lie, and attempt to soften opinions of himself.
Curtis – Nope, just the crooked ones and their shills. The very ones you love so much. Admit it.

Well, when CEOs are talking about why they’re paid thousands of times what their company’s workers are paid, they often mention that part of that salary is in recognition of the "risk" they take – after all, the buck stops there, the CEO is ultimately responsible for anything that goes wrong in the company, yada yada yada.

But oddly, all that "the buck stops here" mentality goes out the window the instant something actually DOES go wrong. Suddenly the CEOs are just innocent bystanders, victims to the corruption of their companies. Funny how that changes.

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