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About The Benevolent Dictator

Beating the competition is never easy. Neither is running the gauntlet of a business start-up, which not only is a major challenge but can often prove fatal. Success for both depends on being a...

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Dustin S. Klein’s columns

Column: Solutions 101 – How to be solutions-oriented and discover your “aha” moment

When things go wrong, CEOs face seemingly two herculean tasks: Figure out what the heck is going on, and develop a viable solution to the problem. How do you stack up?

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Column: Battle scars – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

This week, Dustin S. Klein pulls from his experience founding and failing at two business ventures, and begins his blog with the theory that entrepreneurs can’t succeed until they fail and learn from their mistakes. What doesn’t kill you makes …

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Column: Puzzle logic – Success is a matter of seeing the big picture

His son Sam’s love of puzzles spurred Dustin S. Klein’s column this week, where he addresses the puzzle logic of business. Like his son, leaders should start with the big picture and work backwards to put the pieces in place …

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Column: Impactful Action – 3 tips to become a Pillar of the Community

In this week’s blog post, Dustin S. Klein prepares for the Smart Business Pillar Awards for Community Service with three tips that will make your impact bigger than a one-time check at year’s end. Read the full post here.

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Column: Hiring times – 3 tips for making good hiring decisions

In his blog post this week, Dustin Klein tackles the double-edged sword of hiring. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, he offers three tips for making each hire count. Read the full post here.

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Column: Sign o’ the times – Comeback kid again?

As a native Clevelander, Dustin Klein has experienced his share of heartbreak through the local sports teams and economic ups and downs. As 2010 comes to a close, he uses his blog to focus on a couple bright spots as …

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