What’s Missing from Annual Reports

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As a shareholder of several companies, I receive many updates and reports. Even though I know how to dissect the financials and pull out any relevant ratios, I’m not satisfied with the story that these reports tell me. Nor, I’d suggest, are most shareholders. Many choose not to receive an annual report at all, online or in hard copy — and few of those who do actually read what they get. Who can blame them?

What we want to know simply isn’t in there. We want assurance that our investments are secure, of course. But more than that, we want to know the health of the companies we’re investing in. We’re looking for a holistic view, just as we are when visiting the doctor for a check-up. And to get that, we need more than the financial equivalents of blood pressure and temperature readings.

Though there’s been a push toward greater disclosure in several countries — such as the U.S., the UK, and South Africa — shareholders have a right to demand even more. An annual report should show what the company is doing for and getting from each group of key stakeholders (within the bounds of commercial sensitivity). Some companies are starting to share finer-grained results, which helps, but they need to go further.

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push pins pinterestAre you using Pinterest? Are you using Pinterest for her personal use or business use? It should be both!

Pinterest has grown substantially in the past few years, and did you know that the majority of users are women? This probably comes as no surprise, but it’s also why you should be using Pinterest to promote your business. Women are the ones that buy!

Here are a few simple steps to get you started on Pinterest for your business:

Daily

There’s a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you.

One difference is that once you’ve committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily.

Rather than having a daily debate about today’s agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.

What a Deal: Groupon for Essentials

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“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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