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Archive By Section - Business Columns


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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Ken Keller: Lessons learned at the food court

Almost everyone looks back at their career at some point. The good times are remembered, the tough times are recalled, and the things learned that might apply to what they are doing at the moment surface.

December 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


97% LTV May Change Game, Expand Credit

In a move intended to expand credit for qualified buyers with little cash, first-time buyers of single-family homes now can qualify for loans with down payments as low as 3 percent.

December 16, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons I Learned at the Food Court

Almost everyone looks back at their career at some point. The good times are remembered, the tough times are recalled, and the things learned that might apply to what they are doing at the moment surface.

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


Carl Kanowsky: The $1.5 billion oops with Chase and General Motors

Captain Steven Hiller is piloting the alien craft toward the mother ship, when suddenly he loses control of the spacecraft.

December 10, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The wimp at work

Research conducted by The CEO Project suggests that the individuals who lead companies should spend their time very differently than how most are currently spending it.

December 05, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: 'Be thankful for what you have and do'

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will have passed.

November 30, 2014 | Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: The true story cautions

This is the city, Santa Clarita, California. I carry a badge. My name's Thursday. The following story you are about to read is true – the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

November 26, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Why your managers are disengaged

The Huffington Post recently issued an 'Infographic' entitled "13 Disturbing Facts About Employee Engagement."

November 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Fewest first-timers in three decades

The economy and job market are improving, inventory is rising, underwriting rules are relaxing, and interest rates on home loans remain low, yet a survey released recently found the share of first-time home buyer at its lowest point in nearly three decades.

November 19, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: ‘Smell the overhead’

Right after I joined the company, I realized the owner was strange.

November 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Paula Hodge: Workforce skills for the future

Earlier this year I attended the 2014 Los Angeles Digital Government Summit in Los Angeles. The theme of the conference was "Future Skills" and much of the conference focused on the need to prepare the future technical workforce in government. That same concern is a big issue in the minds of private sector employers as well. In the keynote speech by

November 12, 2014 | By Paula Hodge BUSINESS MATTERS | Business Columns


Are You Missing Honesty and Decisiveness?

In the fall of 1987 I was called into my boss's office and terminated. The meeting was short and professional. The company no longer had need of my services.

November 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: New rule can boost sales

Six federal agencies recently announced plans to loosen overly strict home lending rules so that more people can purchase a home, a move that should boost the Santa Clarita Valley and nation's still-recovering housing markets.

November 05, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Addressing slow revenue growth

One of the most common issues in business today is how to improve top line revenue.

November 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


FedEx and the quacks like a duck test

Quiz: If a company does what is detailed in the following quote, are its workers employees or independent contractors?

October 29, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


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