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Be lean, but don’t be mean Add to ...

Forget lean and mean. Try lean and kind

Is your business lean and mean? We hear that phrase a lot, but Toronto-based business consultant Donald Cooper finds it offensive.

Yes, businesses should be lean. But too many are mean to their staff, to their suppliers, to their customers, and to the environment, and he finds that wrong-headed. He suggests trying lean and kind. Donald Cooper Corp. Newsletter

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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