What a Waste

Unemployment, underemployment, college loans, sky-high tuition … we hear these phrases every day. We hear various schemes, stories, and political fairy tales about solving these problems. In America and throughout the world, there is a situation that is unique in global history. There is an enormous amount of untapped human capital. To begin to fathom how big a number we are discussing consider the following … Currently in the United...

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Do Your Job

I was getting a haircut the other day and the stylist starting complaining. What else is new? The good news is that the complaint was genuine, but it was one I hear all too often. One of the stylist’s co-workers started a project, did a lot of the work, reached a part where the project was no longer fun and stopped. The co-worker asked her boss to have my stylist complete the job for her. Needless to say my stylist was none too pleased...

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Another Tax Season Over … Phew, I made it!

Each year I marvel at just how complicated it is for the IRS to take our money. According to the politicians the wealthiest 1% pay 90% of the taxes. That means that 99% of us struggle through the thousands of pages of instructions, dozens of tax forms; 1099’s, W2’s; 1095 Obamacare forms, health insurance penalties, student loan interest deduction phase outs, the AMT and other paperwork ad nauseam to raise 10% of their tax revenue....

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Techno Wizard

  Sometimes I question the wisdom of Techno Wizardry. I’m not alone. I live in a high rise apartment building. All year long I have my windows open venting the vast amounts of heat that are pumped into my apartment every day. Even with the windows open it is normally uncomfortably hot. The temperature outside must fall below 20 degrees for me to shut the windows. I have no control over the heat in my unit. The amount of heat that is...

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What’s the Point?

We’ve all heard it. The problem with America today is too many high paid professionals working to enrich the wealthiest people. Happily I was one of those professionals. I had a good job making millions of dollars for my boss and the company. Life went merrily along until one day I bought a deal to my boss that would have doubled her already immense fortune. Fortunately, she decided not to go ahead with the deal. Fortunately for me, that is....

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10 Key Metrics

Hal Geneen of ITT once said ,”The drudgery of the numbers will set you free.” He also reminded us that, “The numbers aren’t the business; they are a picture of the business.” True enough. And to get a reasonable comprehension of that picture, we believe you must know – even internalize – 10 Key Metrics. Here they are. 1. Cash. Obviously, if you don’t have – or don’t know how much – cash on hand you have, any company is...

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