In the early 1990s, I had the good fortune to work for Robert B. Reich, then the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He taught me a simple (and free) tool for diagnosing the health of an organization. When he visited companies and talked with employees, Reich listened carefully for the pronouns people used. Did employees refer [...]
If you were among the throngs of Americans out shopping and buying a bunch of items marked down from their original marked-up prices, then you might have missed these news items that are (arguably) interesting but have little-to-no impact on your life. 1) The FAA released the recordings from Northwest Flight 188. If you recall, [...]
New York Times journalist talks about his book Too Big to Fail, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how decisions made on Wall Street led to the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
NYT Op-Ed columnist talks about the growing backlash over Wall Street bonuses, pressure on the working class and the government’s need to address poverty.
Q: How can entrepreneurs pool their money and resources to stretch their buying power? Gerry Anderson, Los Angeles, CA A: Gerry, this is a great question and very forward thinking. The word for small business owners in this enduring recession is “collaboration.” If you are working in an area with a declining business base, it [...]
Based on recommendations from a 60-day cyberspace policy review, President Obama announced Friday that he will appoint a cyber-security czar to oversee the security of government and business computer networks and to guard against an attack on our digital infrastructure or, as he called it, a “weapon of mass disruption.” Now, if you’re concerned that [...]
Before you drop a lot of cash on your mother this weekend, keep a few things in mind. First, Mother’s Day began as an anti-war protest and was not intended to be the commercial holiday that it’s become. Second, flower retailers are gearing up for you to send humongous bouquets to the mothers in your [...]
Today marks the 39th Earth Day. And even though the annual celebration on April 22nd began in the United States, it’s now a global celebration, with a billion people expected to participate this year. Here are some articles to read, ideas to ponder, ways to observe the day and a documentary to watch (or not [...]
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer joins the Rocky Mountain News in the Newspaper Death Watch. On Tuesday, Seattle’s 146-year-old paper will publish its last print edition, shutting down the daily newspaper but maintaining its online presence at seattlepi.com. P-I subscribers will receive rival paper, The Seattle Times, without interruption, but The Seattle Times has its own set [...]
Just about everybody is scared these days. French consumer confidence is down. German business confidence is down. Consumer confidence is up in Canada and Italy. But consumer confidence is down in Mexico, and many foreign workers in Dubai just skipped town when they lost their jobs. In the United States, well, Americans are not very [...]