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Slow it down

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When your daughter and her friends come home from college during winter break, you catch up on basic popular-culture phenomena. This includes terms, such as “rad” (for radical), music, and television shows, such as “Portlandia” (covered in the snobbish The New Yorker). It’s not that high culture needs to legitimize popular culture, but rather that… Continue Reading Slow it down

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A workout buddy for your business practices

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Have you ever been a coach for a sports team? A team at work? A friend? I coach the Air Force Academy equestrian team in addition to my business and executive coaching roles, and I find many similarities. Coaching both athletes and business people involves encouragement, goal setting, deadlines, and some gentle reminding when necessary.… Continue Reading A workout buddy for your business practices

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Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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This morning I made a bold decision: I’m un-friending nearly everyone on Facebook. It’s just plain too much for one person to handle — the constant interruption of this and that and brick-a-brack. I simply don’t have the capacity to care anymore. Not in any way. Why… Why…. WHY??? The reason I have so many… Continue Reading Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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Politicians love to talk about expanding exports as an economic plus. But growth in at least one kind of export is a clear negative: people. Individuals, including entrepreneurs and investors, follow economic opportunity. If that opportunity is being restrained or squashed by costly public policies, then chances are pretty good that a state will be… Continue Reading Bad economic lessons from New York and California

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Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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I supported the strong mayor initiative and wrote favorably about the “Jenkins’ Proposal” that made it happen. I also supported Richard Skorman out of loyalty and a belief that with a new structure in place, experience would count. A strong mayor is essential, and I now believe that Mayor Bach is the right man for… Continue Reading Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my… Continue Reading Workplace civility needed in a time of incivility

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At the start of every year, many of us tend to think of the next 12 months as a blank slate, full of opportunity and promise. We take stock of ourselves and resolve to improve in various ways. This is a good thing because there’s always room for improvement. If we want to improve our… Continue Reading If you want to improve your business, keep learning

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My mobile carrier has tethered me to my desk

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It’s happened: I’ve been sent back to my office like a bad dog. Here I am now, with my tail between my legs and ears flat as I sadly load Pandora back up on my desktop and hunker down for the long haul. It’s my mobile carrier that’s doing this to me, and I hate… Continue Reading My mobile carrier has tethered me to my desk

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On the business and policy fronts, 2012 started with a revelation that Federal Reserve officials would try to enhance clarity and transparency in monetary policy. One might wonder if this is necessarily a good thing given the Fed’s actual decisions on monetary policy, especially over the past three-plus years. Do we really want to know… Continue Reading The Fed has added a little more clarity to its monetary policy

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The 2012 economic forecast

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You innocently ask people you just met what they do, and sometimes the answer isn’t what you expected. I asked a woman I had met recently that question. The answer: dental hygienist. Then I asked her what’s the most interesting thing she learned in that career, and she cheerfully answered that if you floss your… Continue Reading The 2012 economic forecast

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