One of my favorite books is "Unbroken," written by the same author who wrote "Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand. The book is the story of Louie Zamperini, who ran at the age of 19 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics along side of Jessie Owens and Jackie Robinson.
This is the time of year when many businesses are slowing down, wrapping things up and getting ready for start of the New Year just ahead.
The week of December 9 – 15th is Computer Science Education Week, observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. She was a naval officer and a computer scientist who over 60 years ago conceptualized the idea of machine independent programming language that led to the development of COBOL one of the first modern programming languages.
What will the housing market look like in 2014?
Do you remember riding Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Disneyland?
I have been in companies going through periods of "rightsizing" - also known as "layoffs," "terminations" or "firings."
Millions of people have seen the recent "I Quit" video which went viral with over 15 million hits:
I wasn't too happy to read about the closing of the Spectrum Health Club in The Signal but I was not surprised. For many months my wife and I had been discussing the likelihood of it happening.
"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." Book of Revelations, chapter 28, verse 1.
What will the housing market look like in 2014?
Vince Lombardi spoke many years ago on a subject since known as "What It Takes to be Number One." It is about business, life and family.
Before hunting for a home or seeking a loan even people with perfect credit ratings need to check their credit reports for mistakes and, if necessary, get them fixed.
Does everyone at your company know what it takes to get a pay increase?
Hi. It's great to be back with The Mighty Signal. Hopefully you're glad to see me return. Now, on to today's legal drama.
It's the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.
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Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.
Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.
The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.
If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.
According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."
Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.
Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.
Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.
What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?
At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?
In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.
When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.
I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.
Federal rules that went into effect Friday, Jan. 10, provide homeowners and consumers shopping for a home mortgage new rights and greater protection from harmful lending practices, while also probably slowing the pace of home price increases and forging a stronger, more stable housing market.