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Investing for All – The Loss of a Legendary Investor – Jack Bogle

Warren Buffet once said if a statue were to be erected to the person who had done the most for the American investor “the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle.”  John C. (Jack) Bogle passed away this week at the age of 90.  He was the founder of the Vanguard Group and

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‘Knowledge’ Workers and ‘Wisdom’ Workers

The frustration of Baby Boomers and Millennials is well publicized but maybe we should be looking for inter-generational opportunities instead of problems.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s joint philanthropic activities are a great example of two generations working together, as are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s recent collaboration. To that

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Days of Disruption (No. 20) Galloway on the Future of Retail

Every January, many futurists, academics and others look ahead. Scott Galloway, venture capitalist, board member, and NYT marketing professor gives a stunning and sometimes disturbing look ahead during a talk at last fall’s Recode Conference.  One of the world’s best retail watchers, he also has some compelling thoughts about technology and

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Sinek on Safety, and CEOs

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” which ranks the basic needs all humans have.  After basic physiological needs (food, water, shelter, health)  the most important need for most people according to Maslow is safety. We may not be able to protect our employees outside of work, but Simon

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A Question of Degree (Your Child’s)

A college degree has generally been thought by parents and students to be the path to a better career, and by employers as a reliable predictor of performance. The value of that degree, however, is coming into question. A short article from HBR explores the question of whether higher education

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Recursive Commercials (or how to recycle your marketing spend)

A department store CEO once remarked that half his advertising was effective; he just wasn’t sure which half.  The advertising team behind a long series of memorable Geico Insurance commercials over the years may not be sure either, but they’ve launched a creative initiative to ensure they’re getting all the mileage they can

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Six Scary Numbers

The Gallup Organization recently surveyed a number of organizations and shared the results of six questions it asked the employees about conditions at their companies.  Here are the questions. Ask yourself what the results should be for your organization and then check that against what Gallup found in its survey. What

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The Book that Rebooted Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done a remarkable job in resurrecting the fortunes of the company since being named the head of the iconic firm nearly five years ago.  Many commentators point to the success of the Microsoft SurfacePro and the company’s focus on cloud computing, among other decisions, as

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A Service Tsunami

The high-end (i.e. so-called “white collar”) jobs in our economy have been less affected by the rise of the internet than producers and distributors of goods and those holding lower level service jobs.   If you’ve been spared so far, the party may be over soon. Venture capitalist Andrew Chen offers a

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An Electric Bloodletting

GM CEO Mary Barra caught the attention of the business world this past week when she announced that the company would cut 14,000 jobs, idle seven plants and eviscerate its sedan line in favor of SUV and cross-overs.  Ms. Barra has made several big bets here; not only in terms

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