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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

This year is likely to be a trying time for many of our friends and colleagues as well as ourselves. Let’s vow to act urgently when someone calls on us for aid, be positive about the those things we can control and be compassionate when misfortune comes calling. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and…

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Still celebrating a handbag? Nope!

Some of you may remember my post about the Chanel exhibit celebrating a handbag? The absurdity of celebrating the anniversary of a handbag is the perfect metaphor for the excess consumption – and concomitant problems – that has crippled our economy. The good news is that the tour has been cancelled. Probably not for the…

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Merry Christmas

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Make sure you spend time with family and friends – and remember that relationships are more important than consumption.

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It’s the holiday season . . .

. . . and I’m taking a bit of a hiatus. It also seems that the news these days is remarkably staid and uneventful, and I don’t expect much will change for the balance of the year as everyone seeks a well-deserved respite. Yes, it’s good that the automakers got a temporary reprieve. They seem…

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Vol 32: Cash is still KING!

The North Bay Business Journal, a publication of the New York Times, is a weekly business newspaper which covers the North Bay area of San Francisco – from the Golden Gate bridge north, including the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa counties.   ********************************************************************************** Article published – December 15, 2008 BUILDING A BUSINESS: Surprise: ‘Cash…

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Dumb or Dumberer?

It’s truly stunning that the Senate today failed to pass an assistance program for the auto industry. I’ve tried not to be too vociferous about all of this, and I’ve written before about being in favor of a bridge loan to the automakers despite the railing of my capitalist friends, but this decision is truly…

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Survival mode is the order of the day

It won’t surprise anyone that CEOs are finding risk management at the top of their agendas these days as they move to survival mode. The Conference Board’s recent survey finds that neither “global economic risk” nor “financial risk” were on the list of top ten concerns last month. Gone from the list are the customary…

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Best Business Books of 2008

Business Week just published their “Best Books of 2008“, an annual ritual followed throughout the publishing industry. I have Snowball on my shelf, awaiting an opportunity to learn more about the life and times of Warren Buffett. I can recommend the Game-Changer, which I’ve written about previously, which heralds the customer as boss. Malcolm Gladwell…

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