Some Business Advice

It is a tough business, real estate appraisal, especially the kind of work that I do. The data can be scattered and imperfect. All I can do is be reasonable, logical and credible. It would seem, for example, that it is not credible to be above or below the price range expressed in the data. [...]

By |2018-07-30T07:28:32-04:00July 30th, 2018|Business, Criticism, Customers, Humor, Stress|Comments Off on Some Business Advice

In Praise of the Garden State

Wow, a lot of people grouse about New Jersey. Constantly. It's too congested. The taxes are too high. Everything is so expensive. All of these statements are true. But there is one distinct advantage to living in New Jersey: we are dead center in the Northeast megalopolis. That giant, connected city that runs from Boston to [...]

By |2018-02-16T10:12:48-04:00February 16th, 2018|Art, Business, Capital, Criticism, Economics, Education, Gratitude, History, Service, Social Networking, Success, Taxation, Wealth|Comments Off on In Praise of the Garden State

Delivery Counts

I am cancelling my subscription to the Wall Street Journal, which saddens me. I once gave up the Journal because the delivery of the physical newspaper became unreliable. So I started reading it on my iPad. But the app sometimes locks me out of stories for no reason. It takes forever to download today's news. [...]

By |2017-09-20T09:10:48-04:00September 20th, 2017|Business, Communication, Criticism, Customers, Service|Comments Off on Delivery Counts

I’m Just Trying to Help

You may not be familiar with the initials ACC. ACC is Anthropogenic Climate Change, more commonly called Man-Made Global Warming. There are a lot of people who are deeply and sincerely concerned about the effects of ACC, and rightfully so. The stakes are high. Without taking a side, however, it is clear that ACC supporters [...]

By |2017-08-15T08:39:45-04:00August 15th, 2017|Communication, Criticism, Economics, Energy, Environment, Humor, News, Politics, Tactics, Technology, Trust|Comments Off on I’m Just Trying to Help

No, That’s Not What I was Talking About

I don't want to name the item or the company, it is a brand I respect. It is not Delta Airlines for goodness sake. I bought eight of the item three years ago and recently bought two more. But the new ones were different, flimsier, cheaper. I rarely post reviews on Amazon, but this time I [...]

By |2017-08-06T08:44:58-04:00August 6th, 2017|Brand, Business, Communication, Criticism, Customers, Humor, Management|Comments Off on No, That’s Not What I was Talking About

The A-hole Factor

Go on, admit it. You increased your fee because you think the client is or will be a pain in the patoot. In my experience, the relationship starts off badly and goes downhill. The client has a chip on her shoulder, demands a specific outcome, or complains about your terms of service. No matter how [...]

By |2017-07-30T08:59:58-04:00July 30th, 2017|Business, Creativity, Criticism, Customers, Marketing, Small Business, Trust|Comments Off on The A-hole Factor

Embracing Criticism

At my worst I get peevish and snappy and I lash out at the critic. Why? Sometimes it is just a bad day. Under other pressures I lose patience. Sometimes I just feel like the critic does not understand what I am trying to do. Sometimes I feel like the critic is embracing a bureaucratic [...]

By |2017-07-14T07:28:05-04:00July 14th, 2017|Criticism, Gratitude, Humility, Personal Development, Professional Development, Professional Growth, Skills|Comments Off on Embracing Criticism