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Book Review: The Chinese Secrets for Success by YuKong Zhao

October 5, 2014
Book Review: The Chinese Secrets for Success by YuKong Zhao

In this interesting book, YuKong Zhao shares “Five Inspiring Confucian Values” which he states are the secrets for China’s success. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I will share that during the decade of the 90’s I spend a great deal of time studying Taoism and a bit of Confucianism. When it comes to […]

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Book Review: The Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

February 26, 2014
Book Review: The Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

According to Tyler Cowen, Land, Technology and Uneducated Kids provided the America of early days an incredible diet of “low hanging fruit.” In this excellent short book (fewer than 90 pages), Mr. Cowen shows how the manifestation of having eaten all the low-hanging fruit is that individual and family median incomes have all but stagnated […]

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Denying the Obesity Data

February 19, 2014
Denying the Obesity Data

I’ll call him “Bill.” He is a good friend, a wise mentor and an all around great guy. I listen carefully when Bill speaks. Recently, we’ve traded a few emails on the general topic of politics, economy and business. What I love about our “conversation,” electronic though it is, is that we are not trying […]

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I refuse to give up

October 9, 2013
I refuse to give up

I have heard that statement many times in the last couple of years. Our economy, institutions, companies, families and individuals have been through some tough times. Many folks have become resigned to a fate not of their choosing. They want to work; but can’t find work and so struggle to make ends meet as best […]

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Book Review: What The U.S. Can Learn From China by Ann Lee

August 21, 2013
Book Review: What The U.S. Can Learn From China by Ann Lee

I had the pleasure of seeing Professor Lee at a recent Harvard Business School Alumni presentation where she was the guest speaker. Her discussion left no doubt about her commitment and passion when it comes to bringing the United States and China closer together. She knows both countries quite well and acknowledges the good, the […]

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Our Economy’s Performance is Perfect

July 28, 2013
Our Economy’s Performance is Perfect

Lots of folks are still complaining. The growth is too slow. The growth is uneven. The jobs created do not pay enough. There are too many temporary jobs. Personally, I believe the folks spouting this stuff haven’t figured out that these are the old model measurements which no longer apply, and that the data show our […]

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Book Review: To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink

January 20, 2013
Book Review: To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink

The surprising truth about moving others. There are many volumes written about sales. There are myriad training courses on sales and how to be efficient, effective and at the top of the heap at the game of sales. This book is not like any of the ones I have read prior to this; nor is Pink […]

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Catching Up On Economic Outlook

November 5, 2012
Catching Up On Economic Outlook

The October 2012 WSJ and Vistage Small Business CEO Survey has some interesting points: 42% of Vistage members anticipate no change in the pace of economic growth in the next 12 months 50% of Vistage members expect to increase the number of people they employ in the year ahead 37% anticipate increases in fixed investments […]

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Book Review: Standing on the Sun by Christopher Meyer

August 12, 2012
Book Review: Standing on the Sun by Christopher Meyer

How the explosion of capitalism abroad will change business everywhere. Some years ago, I was waxing poetic after a hunting expedition in Upstate New York. It happened to be a beautiful, cold, snowy day and I just happened to be very conscious of how the woods in which I was hunting looked so different each time […]

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My veiw of U. S. Capitalism – Nullius in verba

November 7, 2011
My veiw of U. S. Capitalism – Nullius in verba

From time-to-time, I find myself in a philosophical discussion with colleagues about our economy and our brand of capitalism. There are, of course, the two extreme views on this subject: (1) markets should be the only determination of value with no interference from government and (2) free markets are bad and central planning is the […]

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