Getting A Letter

I sat down for breakfast this week with a friend and really fine appraiser who recently started his own business. A lot of his work is in the commercial mortgage sector, which is pretty typical for a fledgling practice. I don't do a lot of mortgage work, so I was surprised to hear of the [...]

By |2018-08-24T06:46:44-04:00August 24th, 2018|Automation, Creativity, Small Business, Trends|Comments Off on Getting A Letter

People

I inspected an industrial property the other day, one location in dozens (maybe hundreds?) of locations owned by this company. The company has got to be one of the most vertically integrated businesses in the world. They design, the manufacture, they distribute, they print point of service signs. They print one million labels a day. On [...]

By |2018-08-21T05:58:55-04:00August 21st, 2018|Automation, Business, Humor, Labor, Management, Technology|Comments Off on People

How Unique?

Answer Yes or No to the following: Is the work you do every day repetitive? Do you know the answer before you start? Can someone be trained to do what you do in a month or less? Is what you do something that any healthy adult can do? Does your work involve forms of any [...]

I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

This past Saturday was my 56th birthday. Not a particularly special birthday, but I had a lot of fun training to volunteer for the upcoming President's Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. It was a golf nerd's dream. During the course of the day, my Inbox swelled with well-wishes from well-wishers, which [...]

By |2017-09-25T09:04:00-04:00September 25th, 2017|Automation, Communication, Social Media, Social Networking|Comments Off on I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

The Dark Side of Marketing

All virtues have a vice flip side. Thrift can turn to greed. Self respect can turn to pride. Righteous anger can turn to wrath. And so it is with marketing. Marketing is meant influence behavior, to change people. Through empathy, generosity and vulnerability, trust in the marketer grows and the student-customers can be influenced to [...]

By |2017-08-20T08:33:05-04:00August 20th, 2017|Automation, Brand, Humor, Marketing, Tactics, Trust|Comments Off on The Dark Side of Marketing

Better Than Plants

According to an article on the website Futurism, an incinerator in Switzerland was recently fitted with a carbon capture plant that is reportedly 1,000 times more efficient than plant photosynthesis. Filters capture the CO2 over several hours. The filters are then heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (no great feat, your teakettle does the same thing and [...]

By |2017-08-16T08:30:00-04:00August 16th, 2017|Automation, Change, Energy, Environment, Future, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on Better Than Plants

A Couple of Recommendations

Here are some software and web-based services that I find really helpful: ToDoIst This web-based To Do list software runs beautifully on all platforms: Windows, Apple, Android, even Google Chrome. You can set up an infinite number of To Do lists for your business and personal life, and your ToDoIst  lists can be shared with [...]

By |2017-08-02T08:59:27-04:00August 2nd, 2017|Automation, Business, Communication, Productivity, Small Business, Technology|Comments Off on A Couple of Recommendations

The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Wind and solar power are getting more efficient and cheaper all the time. Which is great, as long as the wind blows and the sun shines. The Holy Grail of research in Clean Energy field has been storage. We need bigger, more efficient and cheaper batteries. Well, this is about to happen. According to a [...]

By |2017-07-22T10:49:20-04:00July 22nd, 2017|Automation, Energy, Environment, Future, News, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Why Not A Washer/Dryer?

We purchased a new washer and a new dryer several months ago. The washer has a setting called Fan Fresh. When the wash cycle finishes, the machine breathes in fresh air and occasionally tumbles the clothes to keep wrinkles at bay. The Fan Fresh cycle lasts up to 12 hours. When we wash a load [...]

By |2017-07-19T08:52:42-04:00July 19th, 2017|Automation, Business, Creativity, Future, Productivity, Profitability, Technology|Comments Off on Why Not A Washer/Dryer?

Help Wanted

Yesterday on my way to get lunch I passed two restaurants and one retail store in a nearby strip center. All three businesses had Help Wanted signs in the windows. This is admittedly a small sample, but we have seen some solid economic growth in the past several months and both legal and illegal immigration are way [...]

By |2017-07-06T15:41:03-04:00July 7th, 2017|Automation, Business, Humor, Labor, News|Comments Off on Help Wanted