On Unemployment

That the national unemployment rate has hit a 17 year low and that minorities have made big employment gains is laudable and important. But there is a bigger issue. We need to dramatically improve our labor participation rate. A good first step would be a simple and sincere request. The President should make a national plea: [...]

By |2018-07-10T09:12:08-04:00July 10th, 2018|Health & Wellness, Labor, News, Productivity, Skills|Comments Off on On Unemployment

When is a Mistake Not a Mistake?

McDonald's recently reintroduced Chicken Tenders, a crispy fried chicken breast treat. And promptly ran out of them. For an entire month. Because they were too popular. To make Chicken Tenders one must have chicken breast meat, batter (which is mostly flour, eggs and spices) and a deep fryer. None of these ingredients are in short supply and every [...]

By |2017-12-19T10:46:05-04:00December 19th, 2017|Business, Humor, Management, Marketing, News|Comments Off on When is a Mistake Not a Mistake?

Altruism?

Drew University last week announced that it was slashing its tuition by 20% from $48,336 this year to $38,668 next year. So what prompted this act of altruism? Economic reality. Drew, like many small private universities, has struggled to maintain enrollment while charging a higher-than-average tuition. So how can Drew increase enrollment and maximize revenue? [...]

By |2017-09-18T09:24:56-04:00September 18th, 2017|Bubbles, Children, Economics, Education, Financing, Management, Marketing, News, Profitability, Service, Trends|Comments Off on Altruism?

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

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

Welcome Home, Millennials!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Boston Properties Inc. Executive VP Raymond Ritchey pointed out, “...The millennial generation [is] moving out of the cities, forming households, having children, looking for better schools and that's going to drive rate demand in the suburbs.” Want to know how to predict the future? Follow the hype and say the opposite [...]

By |2017-07-21T09:10:05-04:00July 21st, 2017|Children, Demographics, Education, Future, Humor, Land, News, Stress, Trends|Comments Off on Welcome Home, Millennials!

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

Morning Is Too Precious

My mom never let us watch television in the morning when we were growing up. At the time it probably had to do more with getting us out the door on time than anything else, but as always, there was wisdom behind my mother's many rules. In the past few months, sucked into politics like [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:07:50-04:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Blog, Books, Creativity, News, Personal Development, Skills, Social Media, Success|Comments Off on Morning Is Too Precious

Semi-Random Thoughts on Success and Happiness

Want success and happiness? Do these things: Smile. Say thank you. Be responsive. Be friendly. Take a personal interest in your coworkers and clients. Stick to your knitting. Not all work is right for you. Develop a list of professionals you trust and refer, refer, refer. The client you refer will be impressed with your [...]

By |2015-05-07T10:08:45-04:00May 7th, 2015|Business, Customers, Gratitude, Health & Wellness, Hobby, Humor, Marketing, News, Personal Development, Professional Development, Professional Growth, Profitability, Service, Skills, Small Business, Success, Wealth|Comments Off on Semi-Random Thoughts on Success and Happiness

Some Recommendations

As you know, The Ol' Prophet is keen on technology and productivity. Here are some recommendations that may help you get more connected and efficient: ToDoist This little gem of a Task Manager is worth its weight in gold. ToDoist works on all platforms: Apple iOS (there are iPhone and iPad apps), Android, Google Chrome, [...]

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