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Is Your Company “Haunted?”

Many companies are experiencing a scary phenomenon known as “Ghosting.” This occurs when desirable job candidates fail to show up for interviews, respond to job offers or even show up at all for the first day of work after being hired…without so much as a phone call, note of apology

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Economic Reconnaissance

A Solid Finish: The government shut down has also stopped the flow of data from Washington that economists rely upon for analysis and forecasting, but that hasn’t stopped Dr. Brian Wesbury from offering his best estimate of fourth quarter 2018 GDP growth.  Check out his one page summary of why he sees solid

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Artificial Intelligence: Neither Apocalypse nor Utopia

Before science fiction becomes science fact, there is usually a great deal of worry and negative fantasy, which is to be expected as this is how most of us cope with uncertainty.  The promises and threats of Artificial Intelligence are no different. In an attempt to get past the fear

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Not Just Eating Last – Be The Last To Speak

There are some things that all leaders, regardless of experience or ability, can do that make a difference.  We’ve all heard that “leaders eat last” based on the military’s custom of officers making sure that the enlisted men are fed first. Simon Sinek book’s by the same title is a good read. In a

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Econ Recon

Correction or Recession?: It’s been a while since Brian Wesbury sat down in front of a camera for one of his video chats about the markets and the economy.  If you have five minutes and sufficient interest, check out his recent Wesbury 1010 video in which he explains why sees the current turmoil

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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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