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January 29, 2009

Animal Spirits

Over the last week I bumped into two different articles which mentioned “Animal Spirits”, an idea which seemed to explain why my good friends Mark Scott and David Gerstel were at such opposite ends of the spectrum in regard to how we, as people, will respond as soon as we feel this current economic threat […]

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May 29, 2008

All of Inflation’s Little Parts

This incredible graph lays out the change in prices from March 2007 to March 2008 in a most visible way.  It’s easy to see that fuel oil (for home heating), eggs an gasoline have each increased over 40% during that year while computers and televisions, fresh vegetables and “other pork” products (what’s this?) have declined […]

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November 29, 2007

What Makes a Company a Great Place to Work Today

Sue Shellenbarger, columnist for the WSJ, says that “the waning of the boomers with their uptight ways (really?) and the rise of the we’want’it’all millennials, are spurring major shifts in employer programs.” She says that important issues for younger workers include: Wide – open flexibility Broader programs including paid paternity leave Enviro-perks including fitness centers […]

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August 29, 2007

What a Test Can Say About Your Style

The “Under New Management” column written by Kelley Holland in the New York Times posed an important question: although assessment tools are plentiful and useful, they are only the beginning of leadership development.  The article mentions The Center for Creative Leadership [see Links] as a resource for understanding the place of such assessments in leadership […]

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June 29, 2007

CEO Focuses on Strategy & Teamwork

Kerry Clark who was CEO at Proctor & Gamble for 32 years says that what impresses him most about any employee is performance.  He says “It’s not about personal loyalty per se.  It’s about facing reality, accountability an doing the right thing.  I have zero tolerance for dishonesty or crossing the line ethically.  So, it’s […]

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June 29, 2007

The Next Audit Scare

In this Personal Finance article, the Wall Street Journal discusses the IRS’ intent to target random audits which will “probably cover more ground than a regular audit.”  Many of these audits serve primarily to determine ranges of reasonableness for various types of industries.  For example, how much does a typical remodeling contractor really spend on […]

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March 29, 2006

What You’ll Need to Retire

The article defines methods for determining what you’ll need to retire: List your current expenses Estimate your new expenses in retirement Add up your future estimated expenses Find your estimated social security benefit Add your pension or retirement plan benefit  Then determine what you need to SAVE to meet that goal (go to troweprice.com/ric for […]

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November 29, 2005

Remodeling Benchmarks!

I wrote my first Benchmark column for Remodeling Magazine in September of this year.  The title was “Just One Number”.  The goal was to determine if you could apply the same principles to remodeling as physics:  a hefty goal, if there ever was one.  The ALPHA NUMBER in physics attempts to measure the total mass […]

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