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For you graphics nerds – Starring the CPI!

In today’s New York Times, there is an eye-catching picture that will make the nerdiest graphmeister weep. It’s a very unique graphical depiction of the Consumer Price Index. You may not know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices on 200 products every month to calculate the Consumer Price Index. See it here…

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How to lead during a recession!

Jack Welch doesn’t need kudos from me, but I appreciate his recent column (with his wife, Suzy), Keeping Morale Up in a Downturn, in the recent issue of Business Week. It focuses on 2 key characteristics that I think good leaders possess: 1] Transparency, referring to a willingness to talk openly and honestly with members…

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Hiring Outside the Box

Forbes magazine ran a timeless article in their April 10 edition about critical errors made in the hiring process. In short – 1] ask well-considered questions to assess critical competences and 2] don’t be the only interviewer. Since the development of your leadership team is the most important step you can take to accelerate your…

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Cash Crunch: April 14 Column – Extended Version

For those of you who read the recent column in the April 14 edition of the North Bay Business Journal, entitled A cash crunch necessitates a trip to the bank for a loan, here is the extended version with a more complex borrowing calculation which takes into account the Minimum Cash Balance required. Please feel…

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Family Business Survey

For readers of my January 14th column entitled Small businesses lead economy, but often neglect their own needs, I promised to provide a copy of the 2007 Mass Mutual Family Business Survey.

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Exkalibur Advisors Launches!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lary Kirchenbauer is pleased to announce the formation of Exkalibur Advisors, Inc., a firm that will provide financial and strategic advisory services to family businesses and other middle market companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Exkalibur will help companies enhance their success by focusing on the leadership, strategy and financial capabilities…

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Lary speaks to North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum

Recently, I had the privilege of joining a distinguished panel of North Bay executives to participate in the second annual North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and Golden Capital Network. You can read about it in the North Bay Business Journal article…

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Get home right now!

BW reported this week on the accelerating trend toward home offices. Even such office-centric firms as BDO Seidman are finding ways to save money by encouraging home offices – and outfitting at company expense. Capital One – health care companies – and others are cited for recognizing the cost savings to the company, and the…

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