Not long ago, I was given a list of books by someone who had spent his vacation reading about the acquisition and retention of top talent.
Having a favorable credit score can be a useful financial tool. When you apply for a credit card, a mortgage or other loan, the lender will check your credit rating.
We have much to be thankful for here in the Santa Clarita Valley where, like elsewhere in California, rising resale prices benefit the one out of five homeowners statewide who owe more than the current resale value of their home.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a very nice, young man for a key opening at one of my clients. During our conversation, he said something that made me really think.
If you are an entrepreneur, you realize that the vast majority of entrepreneur-led businesses have less than 200 employees.
Making decisions is difficult, especially when you're not sure of the rules. When there are no answers to your questions, how can you possibly come to a conclusion? Sometimes you're forced down a path or must head in a particular direction without feeling totally confident. One thing I know for sure is being forced into these types of decisions typically doesn't feel good and often doesn't end well.
Toward the end of the year, the company held a planning retreat. All managers were told by the owner to arrive at a local hotel by 8 a.m.
This column covers business and real estate law. And, for the past year, several of my clients in both areas have had to deal with the uncertainty of who would be our commander in chief and how to solve the paralyzing budget deficit.
Lenders here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California, have made progress when it comes to processing short sales, yet the gains have been incremental with plenty of pitfalls and delays that still doom too many transactions.
I have had the opportunity recently to spend a significant amount of time in two executive learning environments with others. My fellow attendees were intelligent, articulate and committed. Each made a sacrifice of time, money and in lost opportunity cost to attend.
Areg Khachikian owned a 2000 Bentley but still owed the finance company, Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, a ton of money. (As I'm sure you know, buying a Bentley is a bit more of a commitment than purchasing a Honda Civic.)
Years into the economic recovery, we are still asking ourselves, "Where are the jobs?" Perhaps it would be better for us to look at where the jobs are.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Ted the employee and his "entitlement" attitude at work. I pointed out that his owner was enabling Ted and all the other employees at the company because the owner failed to share information that would improve the condition of the business.
MARIE Colder weather should be soon approaching, which means it is time to get out those comfy winter boots. While at one of my son's football games, I noticed that some of the cheerleaders had the cutest UGG type boots on. These boots had the cheer logo embroidered on and they were completely "blinged" out. I found out that one of the girl's mom's, Wendy Smith, made them. Wendy in conjunction with her business partner, ...
The numbers differ a little, yet it's still true that Santa Clarita is pretty much tracking along with statewide figures when it comes to the ongoing rebound in home resale prices.
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.