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Jul. 24, 2014 10:36 am
Chances are that you've handled at least a half-dozen changes at work today alone: a process is changed, a meeting time gets moved, a customer wants updated specs. We all deal with change too often, more than most of us like. The small changes we ignore or roll with; bigger changes require our attention and often draw our resistance. Ever wonder why the resistance? Why your response to a change...  Read More
Jul. 24, 2014 2:22 am
The treasurer should invest money, the dividends from which should be used for property hire and other expenses.  Read More
Jul. 23, 2014 8:27 pm
A month ago, many of us were glued to the tube watching the finals of the World Cup from Brazil. It gave us an insight into how in order to win, the players had to be quick and nimble. Every second of the game, the players had to be alert to what was happening on the field. The goalie had to forecast the moves that were required in order to meet the incoming ball to keep out of the net. The...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2014 4:48 pm
“Pier 1 Imports’ profit fell 26% as discounting cut into margins” is the headline of a June 19, 2014 DallasNews Business article. According to the article CEO Smith isn’t sure whether this is a change in customer behavior or a temporary phenomenon. This chicken-and-egg question plagues business owners and CEOs in virtually every business in every industry. Is there an answer to this dilemma? ...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2014 10:52 am
Wouldn’t it be great if you could predict the future—and be right? If you could conceptualize the next great innovative product and know it will be a wild success before you even make your prototype? If you could roll out the next innovative service or process without fear of it failing? Well, you can predict the future accurately and be a great innovator. All you have to do is leave out the...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2014 5:31 am
Social and business communities thrive in close proximity. Yet, as Robert Caro explained long ago in The Power Broker, Robert Moses had a bias to build things like parkways and bridges that enabled cars and their passengers in and around New York and especially on Long Island.This led to community-destroying urban sprawl. The better approach is to create higher density, better functioning city...  Read More
Jul. 22, 2014 1:47 pm
Terms may have practical meanings; for example, good : in accordance with a goal/desire and evil : opposed to a goal/desire. Or they may presuppose an objective moral order, and then respectfully mean “in agreement with God’s intention” and “opposed to God.” In both instances the principle of contradiction determines consistency. In matters of inalienable Rights, and as a practical necessity...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2014 7:44 pm
Is Paul Krugman Leaving Princeton In Quiet Disgrace? by Ralph Benko Professor Paul Krugman is leaving Princeton . Is he leaving in disgrace? Not long, as these things go, before his departure was announced Krugman thoroughly was indicted and publicly eviscerated for intellectual dishonesty by Harvard’s Niall Ferguson in a hard-hitting three-part series in the Huffington Post , beginning...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2014 6:54 pm
Is Paul Krugman Leaving Princeton In Quiet Disgrace? by Ralph Benko Professor Paul Krugman is leaving Princeton . Is he leaving in disgrace? Not long, as these things go, before his departure was announced Krugman thoroughly was indicted and publicly eviscerated for intellectual dishonesty by Harvard’s Niall Ferguson in a hard-hitting three-part series in the Huffington Post , beginning...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2014 3:27 pm
Americans like to view themselves as a compassionate nation that has always welcomed immigrants and refugees, but the racism and xenophobia that bubbled up recently in Murrieta, Calif., might be more typically American. The ugly scenes that we all saw on our televisions were of relatively affluent white suburban or exurban people refusing to allow women and children access to a U.S. Border...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2014 9:42 am
The Importance of Effective Coaching Over the weekend I had occasion to purchase and read Strengths Finder 2.0. If you are not familiar with it, Strengths Finders is the assessment tool first developed in 2001 by the Gallup organization. The essential concept behind it is that people who are given the opportunity to focus in the areas where their talents are most pronounced are much more likely...  Read More
Jul. 20, 2014 11:56 pm
Prevent cancer in animals on Recording Day by breasoning 50 As (where there are 80 breasonings per A) out using this video . Warning: Meditation and "recorded" As are dangerous for animals' health, but breasoned As are harmless to them. See also A Big A Per Day Keeps the Doctor Away .  Read More
Jul. 18, 2014 9:14 pm
There are ample reasons to impeach President Obama, which I will not detail or delineate; of those advocating his impeachment, at least some, know that the impeachment proceedings begun in the House of Representatives, would never – under a Harry Reid majority Leader – result in a trial in the Senate. As the government of the United States is presently composed, even with overwhelming majorities...  Read More
Jul. 18, 2014 5:58 pm
The ethical standard of “first, do no harm,” primun non nocere, that Hippocrates relates as an inquiry of appropriateness can be found as a reasoned standard of right and wrong in his work “of The Epidemics.” In this treatise, Hippocrates states: “…the physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future-must mediate these things, and have two special objects...  Read More
Jul. 18, 2014 8:58 am
This is probably the shortest post I'll ever do. Hey stop cheering! Seriously, I highly recommend anyone starting out in authoring for publication to follow the "Writer Beware" site. It's a veritable treasure-trove of solid information that will help keep your hard earned money in your bank account and out of the pockets of rogues and scoundrels eager to profit from your negative experiences ...  Read More
Jul. 16, 2014 3:55 pm
Where will it all end? The nightly rhetorical monologue to the ceiling, From the relative comfort of the bed, Where will it all end? Born alone, die alone. The stark reality is hard to bear. Too much reality, Reality dull and leaden. The fear coming in increments.  Read More
Jul. 16, 2014 1:25 pm
Since the dawn of human kind the business landscape was a man’s world. Times are changing! Today, women are wielding more and more power on both sides of the business transaction. First, let’s look at some facts from the consumer side. In family purchases that involve two adults (a woman and a man) women make: 94% of the purchase decision on home furnishings 92% of the purchase decision on...  Read More
Jul. 16, 2014 6:34 am
The only constant is change. If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind. This is why you need to evolve your brand on a constant basis and even rebrand when warranted. A BRAVE approach to rebranding can make all the difference – like it did when Blue Ribbon Sports rebranded as Nike. Work from the outside in and think through your environment, values, attitude, relationships and...  Read More
Jul. 16, 2014 12:14 am
Science is knowledge derived by method; things scientific meet the criteria of science, but neither the criteria, nor the method are scientific, they instead are sometimes philosophical (i.e., constrained by reality), and sometimes quasi-philosophical (i.e., determined by a priori determination, thus ideological)... Some "scientists" know and understand this, many do not i.e., they are...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2014 3:54 pm
Back in the 17th Century, ducking-stools were used as a form of punishment or humiliation for unruly women, common scolds and even witches. I did the cartoon above more than 20 years ago to mock those who felt threatened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, a smart, moderately liberal, powerful woman. Not much has changed. The former secretary of state and possible presidential candidate still brings out...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2014 1:37 am
Kansas has been driven into the ditch, and Gov. Sam Brownback and his fellow radical Republicans are the ones who drove it there. Thanks to huge tax cuts, Kansas recently came up hundreds of millions of dollars short in tax revenue. Now it can barely pay its bills, and Moody’s has cut the state’s bond rating. How could something like this happen, when other states are showing signs of...  Read More
Jul. 14, 2014 3:12 pm
After the American Civil War and the abolishment of slavery, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on Feb. 3, 1870. It declared that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." It took nearly a century before the promise of the 15th...  Read More
Jul. 14, 2014 8:19 am
Have the Republican Regulars crushed the Tea Party Insurgents? by Ralph Benko Have the Republican Regulars crushed the Tea Party Insurgents? Yes. Has the Revolution met its Counterrevolution? Yes. Does it matter? No. Both factions stand against Big Government. Neither is providing a high potency agenda for equitable prosperity. The indefensibly grandiose overreach of Obama and the...  Read More
Jul. 13, 2014 9:58 pm
Watch the movie of Lucian's Pedagogy Breathsonings:  Read More
Jul. 13, 2014 3:56 pm
Scientists examine evidence in their pursuit of reality; however they are sometimes accused of abandoning human values and other concepts of the good . Creative optimists including storytellers, artists, theologians, mystics, and dreamers often suspend reality to better imagine and convey a sense of good. These observations are often cast as a false dichotomy , encouraging us to choose...  Read More
Jul. 13, 2014 5:05 am
1. Breasoned As (A-grade arguments) should be specific (on the topic of the assignment) at: - University, when the As are collected for giving out as degree As by institution founders, academics or by students passing Pedagogy's Professor Algorithm and God Professor Algorithm argument tests to write specific As. - Industry, when e.g. 5 As are needed to be written by the artist (which need to...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2014 9:29 pm
In the past couple of months my professional world has been turned upside down by two different organizations calling for changes. The first was the Society for Human Resource Management making the decision that after 130,000 certifications they needed to bring the process in house. The second was the National Speakers Association to change their brand to Platform. I am not going to weigh into...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2014 8:23 pm
I've been absent from these pages for a while and wanted to provide a brief update to everyone. For those that are not aware of it, my last day as the Practice Management Advisor of the State Bar of Wisconsin was on May 23, 2014. I decided that this is a year for new beginnings. I had bariatric surgery in January and am now down almost 115lbs. However, when i returned to work after surgery and...  Read More
Jul. 11, 2014 10:13 am
The Complete Approach My colleague Brad Federman shared a blog post today that I found interesting and very accurate. His point was that creating a great culture doesn’t mean that it is going to represent and be a great place for everyone and automatically translate to high employee engagement. In fact in my experience this is one of the issues I observe constantly in organizations as they...  Read More
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