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So Long Mobil

Mobil logo taken from marketing materials foun...

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The very first credit card I acquired was from Mobil Oil.  They offered one to college seniors and I had a car.  I’ve had the card ever since (and that’s 35 years for those of you counting).  My father-in-law actually worked for a division of Mobil for at least that long as well, so there’s a definite reason to be loyal to that brand.

I like to think my family is the kind of customer a gasoline company would want – four cars, a fair amount of driving out here in the suburbs.  So what happened over the weekend which cost them our business is kind of weird.  But I’ll let you judge. Continue reading

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Insurance

Midtown Manhattan, New York City, from Rockefe...

We moved the eldest daughter from one apartment to another in NYC over the weekend. While she hasn’t yet accumulated the vast amount of “stuff” we all do over the years that necessitate bigger and bigger spaces to contain it, she had enough that we needed to rent a truck to move it 60 blocks uptown. And that’s when the fun began. Continue reading

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Your Long Term Plan

A rouletted revenue stamp, US 1898
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One of the things we used to do every year in the TV business was our 5 year plan. We’d project out ratings and revenues and expenses and someone in the accounting department would make sense of it all. The same sort of exercises went on then (25 years ago) at most businesses, as they do now, which is wonderful except for one thing. Continue reading

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Where’s Moe?

Moe Howard

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“What’s that for? I didn’t do nuthin’!” “That’s in case ya do and I’m not around!”
Larry and Moe (HOI POLLOI, 1935)

One of the things I do as a consultant is to provide experience to inexperienced professionals.  Generally, these are people who don’t have a lot of years in business or a lot of years in the particular business in which they now find themselves.  In a few words, I’m the grown-up. Continue reading

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