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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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‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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In this new year of resolutions and new beginnings, make it your goal to fail more often. Who knows, it might actually be the best thing you can do. Research has shown that most people who succeed in business, and in life, have done so by making failure their friend. But in today’s world that… Continue Reading ‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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Someone recently voiced concerns to Laddie about an employee who was not doing a good job and, in his opinion, was holding back other parts of the business. The employee was unwilling to implement new systems and his inability to do his own job correctly created more work for other employees, who were justifiably frustrated… Continue Reading Emotions interfere when making business decisions

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Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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So I’ve started teaching at a prominent university in Baltimore. I signed up mostly because I like to hear people call me “Professor DeVries,” but I also thought it might be fun to see what kids are all about these days. As usual, I was completely unprepared for what I would find there. The Internet… Continue Reading Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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Bad news recently hit about the Sears Holding Company. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that more bad news was reported. After all, this is nothing new for the long-troubled retailer. It’s easy to forget that Sears once ranked as the nation’s largest retailer. Today, though, Sears serves as another example of how vulnerable… Continue Reading Lessons from a Sears’ century of success and troubles

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