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What's Your Favorite Color

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Dec, 2009 Issue

D.F. Krause is fed up with today’s teenagers being ignorant about business, so he’s proposing what any rational person would: the D.F. Krause Business Coloring and Activity Book.


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Laughing Stock

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Nov, 2009 Issue

D.F. Krause can't fake a laugh, but he can try—and succeed—to make NorthBay biz readers chuckle at the concept of office humor.


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What If...

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

NorthBay biz funnyman D.F. Krause, through a series of football and “Saved by the Bell” references, explains why he’s glad he doesn’t grow stuff for a living.


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Way Cool

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Oct, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz funnyman D.F. Krause explores the strange phenomenon of bosses wanting to appear cool in front of their employees—between motorcycles and Asia records, it seems like a lost cause.


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Those Were the Days

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Sep, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz columnist D.F. Krause pontificates on American culture’s strange fascination with “retro” and, as always, considers ways it can be spun into cold, hard cash.


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Come Fly with Me

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Aug, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz columnist D.F. Krause extols the benefits of doing business the modern way—no matter how good a client you are, he’d still prefer the phone to the plane ticket.


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Being Social

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Jul, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz muckraker D.F. Krause takes the wind out of the social networking explosion’s sails by pointing out, quite simply, that the Internet is not to be blindly trusted.


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Bring It On

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Jun, 2009 Issue

D.F. Krause wants young professionals to give it their all when they decide to rebel against “The Man,” not just throw on some comfy shoes.


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And the Winner Is...

Columnist: D.F. Krause
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

D.F. Krause wants in on our future “Best Of” issues…even though he, self-admittedly, doesn’t really deserve it.


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Bonus!

Columnist: D.F. Krause
May, 2009 Issue

Disenchanted with AIG’s recent “retention bonus” payouts, NorthBay biz columnist D.F. Krause presents his own hilarious list of performance-related benefits.


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Just My Style

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Apr, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz publishes D.F. Krause’s musings about corporate logo design, sell sheet headlines and the subsequent madness they instigate.


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The Bottom Line

Columnist: D.F. Krause
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2009

NorthBay biz gives D.F. Krause the opportunity to present his top “bottom” businesses in the North Bay.


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A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Mar, 2009 Issue

D.F. Krause channels his acerbic wit and industry wherewithal into an uncharted enterprise: Business comic books and the super heroes (and, of course, super villains) that inhabit them.

 


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Drastic Measures

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Feb, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz resident optimist D.F. Krause hands out advice for doing business amidst a recession.  


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Road Trippin'

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Jan, 2009 Issue

Northbay biz confidant D.F. Krause takes an imaginary road trip with General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and teaches him a thing or two about working from the ol’ asphalt wasteland.


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Ball Don't Lie

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Dec, 2008 Issue

D.F. Krause explores the bizarre world of automatic community donation programs


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Out to Lunch

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Nov, 2008 Issue

In business, many word combinations are used together frequently, even though they don’t really go together. Profit and loss (you can have both?); research and development (don’t these people know reading is the alternative to productivity?); sales and marketing (just similar enough to be like squabbling siblings).


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Back to the Land

Columnist: D.F. Krouse
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

I want to trade places with you. You have it so good. You’re spending the season out in the hot sun, harvesting grapes. Your hands will be sore, your back will ache, your skin will burn and you’ll probably lose 10 pounds just from sweating.


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Strength in Numbers

Columnist: D.F. Krouse
Oct, 2008 Issue

The CEO introduced himself; then, one-by-one, he introduced the members of his team. They sat side-by-side at the conference table, each clad in business attire, each with a Franklin Planner deployed and ready. On cue, each said a word or two about his or her background.


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Improve Your Outlook

Columnist: D.F. Krouse
Sep, 2008 Issue

It started out like a normal email exchange. I needed to schedule a meeting with some guy to discuss something—what, where, when and why are immaterial. I emailed him a time the following day when I could meet. He agreed to it. I wrote it on my schedule, and that was that. Or so I thought.


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None the Wiser

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Aug, 2008 Issue

Someone named David Wiser keeps emailing me. And every email sounds the same: “D.F., I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for a senior vice president of something-or-other position with Super Big Corporation in Seattle (or Nashville, or San Antonio, or Atlanta…).”


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A Different Type of “Green” Business

Columnist: D.F. Krause
Jul, 2008 Issue

    “You know, D.F., more business deals are made on the golf course than in the boardroom.” So says the vendor who keeps telling me I must take up golf or my business will wither away to mere nothingness—and I actually do have doubts as to whether many business deals are made in boardrooms. I mean, who uses boardrooms for anything but board meetings? Would you invite a prospect in there and risk him seeing some board member’s agenda (with doodles all over it) thrown in a corner?


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K.R.A.U.S.E.

Author: D.F. Krause
Jun, 2008 Issue

    Alan Hurwitz, a fellow columnist with my syndicate, recently wrote an interesting piece about how organizations tend to take on the personalities of their leaders. Alan’s column focused on the presidential campaign, but used his longstanding experience consulting with companies and other organizations to illustrate his point.


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Say What?

Author: D.F. Krause
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    A lot of people exaggerate the silliness inherent in corporate public relations. (That takes some serious exaggerating, by the way, and I salute those who can pull it off.) But every time I find myself wanting to deride corporate PR as the most transparently absurd thing on the face of the Earth, I look at the practices of business journalists and remember: Someone has to counterbalance these people.


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Note to Kermit...

Columnist: D.F. Krause
May, 2008 Issue

    Granola Greg was the speaker at last week’s Economic Club meeting. His topic: The Greening of Corporate America. I know you’ve heard this one by now. It’s all the rage. Our customers are demanding it, we’re told, and besides, “It’s good business.”

    Granola Greg explained that energy-efficiency will save us all money and keep the air cleaner. This is true. “Consumers are becoming more aware,” Mr. Greg explained. “They’re researching the products they buy and gathering knowledge about green-friendly materials and practices. They’ll hold you accountable for your processes. In many cases, they already are.”


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