A Supreme Failure

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A Supreme Failure – The confirmation process of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and the claim of sexual misconduct against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, forced the American people to face a real and terrible dilemma, as the parties involved were two very accomplished, credible people telling totally different stories, with neither of them being able to offer any corroborating or exculpatory evidence. This created a heart-wrenching scenario; if she was innocently mistaken about his identity then Justice Kavanaugh has been subjected to

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Power in Negotiation: Why You Need It and How to Get It

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pow·er /ˈpou(ə)r/nounthe capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events Negotiation research is a real thing – and this evolving area of study is fascinating. Recent research has revealed not only some of the key ways that channeling power makes negotiators more effective, but also that attaining that power in the first place is within any negotiator’s reach. After analyzing negotiation research from around the world (sounds like my dream job), the Program on

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CMM Live: Growing Small Business with Joseph Camberato of National Business Capital and Elizabeth Malafi of the Miller Business Resource Center

Long Island has a thriving business community which will only grow stronger if small business owners utilize the many resources available in our region. In this episode, Joe Campolo spoke with Joseph Camberato, President & Co-Founder of National Business Capital, about how financing for small businesses can keep our community alive and growing. Next Joe met with Elizabeth Malafi, Coordinator at the Miller Business Resource Center at the Middle Country Public Library, to discuss the resources small business owners need and the importance of networking for entrepreneurs.

Naked and Afraid

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Naked and Afraid – Like many, I took some time off around the Labor Day holiday to recharge. For me, that entails being a couch potato and finding the most mindless stuff possible to binge-watch. This time around, the remote landed on Naked and Afraid, a reality show on the Discovery Channel where a man and a woman (who don’t know each other) agree to be dropped off together in a remote part of the world, totally naked, and try

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Reflecting on Labor Day

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On Celebrating Labor – Labor Day seems to be the most misunderstood of our national holidays, and thus never seems to get the respect it deserves. To me, Labor Day was always just a long weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, a day I celebrated with family and friends in our backyards, drinking sangria and lamenting about how fast another summer had flown by. But a closer look at the origins of Labor Day, and the people who have

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CMM Live: Professional Development with Randi Busse of Workforce Development Group and Michael Frenda of Dale Carnegie Training of Long Island

Long Island is known for its highly educated workforce, but an overlooked piece of the total success puzzle is professional development. In this episode, Joe Campolo spoke with Randi Busse, President & Founder of Workforce Development Group, about cultivating an ownership mindset in your employees, empowering your team to provide customers and clients with an exceptional experience, and how to spot the “Rants and Raves” among your staff. Next Joe caught up with Michael Frenda of Dale Carnegie Training of Long Island about why investing in employees through

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On Integrity, Transparency, and Freedom of Expression

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In the 1930s, IBM began working with the Nazi regime, selling them punch-card equipment and technology used to catalog information about people. As the war progressed and the technology was enhanced, the relationship between IBM and the Nazis remained intact, and eventually every concentration camp used these punch cards to identify and track the millions of people shipped into those camps. It was the most advanced technology of its kind at the time, and it is widely believed that without

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CMM Live: Taxes and M&A with Alan Sasserath of Sasserath & Zoraian, LLP and Gregg Schor of Protegrity Advisors, LLC

Long Island is home to trendsetting M&A transactions and a vibrant international business community. In this episode of CMM Live, Joe Campolo welcomed Alan Sasserath, CPA, Partner at Sasserath & Zoraian, LLP, to discuss hedge funds, forging positive relationships with clients, tax issues, and how to delve into international business. Next, Gregg Schor, CEO of Protegrity Advisors, LLC, talked about becoming the “single point of contact” for local and international firms looking to expand or sell, why preparation is key

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The “N” Word

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On the “N” Word – Admittedly, when I first heard the Papa John’s story surrounding its founder’s use of the “n” word, I thought the company had overreacted. He didn’t use the word to refer directly to any person or group, but instead used it on a strategy call with his marketing company about how Papa John’s could distance itself from racist groups, stating that “Colonel Sanders called blacks [the “n” word] and never faced any backlash.” He did not

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CMM Live: The Nonprofit Sector with Amanda Talty of Tourette Association of America and Karen Boorshtein of Family Service League

Visibility is key for the nonprofit sector on Long Island. This episode of CMM Live features two amazing women in nonprofit leadership to discuss mental healthcare, shutting down bullying, teaming up with the business community, and fighting for funding in the nonprofit sector. We first welcomed Amanda Talty, President & CEO of Tourette Association of America (TAA) who discussed destigmatizing Tourette and Tic disorders and how the “visibility factor” affects everything from diagnosis to education. Next, we have Karen Boorshtein,

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