Monthly Archives: September 2008

Happy New Year

A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...

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This evening marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days.  Rosh Hashanah – the head of the year – commences at sundown and the next 10 days are spent in introspective thought.  Maybe there’s a business lesson in there as well. Please Click to Read On

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Stand up!

As I finished the Sports section of this morning’s USA Today, I noticed an ad on the back page for a Cadillac Escalade.  But not any ordinary truck masquerading as a luxury car.  Oh no – this one is a HYBRID! Please click to keep reading!

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Reading The Manuel

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One never knows where one will find great lessons in business.  As an example, there is a lovely piece in the New York Times this morning about Jerry Manuel, the manager of the New York Mets.  In it, he talks about his management style and how he works with his team: Continue reading

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There’s a story about Mickey MantleWhen he was asked what kind of salary he would get as a Yankee in the modern era, Mantle’s response was that he’d go to George Steinbrenner and say “Howdy, Partner.” Continue reading

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The Old Ballyard

I’m sitting here watching the ceremonies before the final game at Yankee Stadium.  It’s been fun and emotional reliving a lot of memories and great moments.  In fact. some of my earliest childhood memories are of Yankee Stadium.   You know Yankee Stadium:  the place they ripped up in 1974. Continue reading


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Fighting the Distraction Fire

I’m sure you’re aware of what’s been happening in the financial world over the last few days.  Well, actually it’s been for the last few years but it all seems to be coming to a head.  Pundits will be post-morteming this for a while and I’m sure many books will be written over the next few months. Continue reading

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Second Opinions

One of my favorite books is “A Whack on the Side of the Head.”  It’s hard to believe that it’s 25 years old since the thought process it encourages is timeless.  I particularly like the notion of the second right answer.

Roger von Oech, the author, spends a good deal of time in the book disabusing the reader of everything we all learned in school about right answers.  His point is that while there may be a right answer in math class, there rarely is a single right answer in life.  The rest of the book features techniques to help you think a little differently and not to take the easy way out by thinking the “safe” answer is the only right one. Click to keep reading

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