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Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why employees leave for greener pastures

Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.

May 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial spring cleaning

Spring is here and many of us are busy cleaning out closets and dusting the cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. While you are taking on spring cleaning projects, consider taking a fresh look at your finances.

May 14, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Time to revisit your pricing

If there is one thing that makes me angry, it is the statement stuffed into my cable television bill telling me that the price I have to pay has gone up.

May 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: We should all be so lucky

This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.

May 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit:Use your tax refund wisely

If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.

April 30, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lists you need to make

I don't do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.

April 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: One easy question

I've noticed that one of the qualities of top leaders is their ability to ask the right questions in the right manner at the right time.

September 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Rising Debt, Housing Costs Haunt Seniors

Keeping retirement on track-or retiring at all-is much more difficult today for home owners, especially as too few own their home outright and too many have too much debt.

September 09, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Sharing your numbers; the good, bad and ugly

Some years ago an issue for discussion was brought up in an Advisory Board I was facilitating.

September 07, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk:FICO reduces impact of medical debt

Until earlier this month, an individual could have a decades-long flawless credit history and debt repayment record, but due to an outstanding major medical bill would be unable to obtain a loan to buy a home because that one medical crisis shredded their credit score.

September 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The amateur manager

Taking my clients out of town for their annual planning retreat, a key asset comes into play: perspective.

August 31, 2014 | Ken Keller: The amateur manager Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


How To Make Lemons Out of Lemonade

Jim Colorado, the famous soccer player, visited me last week. It seems while in Brazil for the World Cup, he reluctantly (quite reluctantly according to him) succumbed to the wiles of the shapely football (because in the rest of the world, soccer is called football) fan, Lola Palooza, a resident of West Covina, that hotbed of drama and intrigue.

August 26, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's The Law | Business Columns


Time to renew your business commitments

In good times and more challenging times, owners have to stand for something.

August 25, 2014 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Managing when leadership is needed

When the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" was over, my wife turned to me and asked me what I thought. I told it was one of the best movies on business and leadership I had ever seen.

August 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Lenders easing credit rules

With demand from consumers for home loans on the rise, multiple sources report that lenders large and small are easing credit score requirements and lending guidelines.

August 13, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


What to do in a drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center shows most of my home state of California is in what they call an "exceptional drought." The other levels are, in descending order, extreme, moderate and abnormally dry.

August 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Pete Bellas: Where are the buyers?

The U.S. exports a staggering 140 billion dollars of agricultural crops every year. As can be expected the U.S. is the top exporting country for agricultural products (in monetary terms) in the world, but it might surprise you to learn who the number two nation is, the Netherlands.

August 06, 2014 | By Pete Bellas | Business Columns


Communicating expectations to employees

When you hear "I'll try" you are listening to someone with a lack of intention.

August 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Beware of rip-off scams

A joint federal-state task force announced a sweep Wednesday to shut down foreclosure relief schemes that duped thousands of Southern California home owners who were already struggling to keep their homes.

July 30, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Too many wear crowns

One of the key research findings outlined in Keith McFarland's book "The Breakthrough Company" is that there should only be one crown worn in every organization.

July 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Your prospects if you fail to plan

Star date: 55367 (I have no idea where they come up with that number), nearing the Galaxy LitigationRus, home to those much worse than the dreaded Romulans or the detestable Kardassians. This is the home of one of the most feared races in the Universe – the PlanNot-ians.

July 23, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


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