Author Michael Jeffreys personally interviewed 15 top motivational gurus in 1997 for his book.
It used to be, when a person died and the will was read, it was the last word.
As tough times abound in this economy, many of our Santa Clarita Valley bankers are hearing this familiar question: "How can I start saving if most of my money goes toward bills?"
As we enter the fifth season of the year, tax season, getting yourself organized and prepared now will save a lot of agony later.
The sign on the window said it all: "Gone out of business - we forgot what business we were in!"
The year 2008 was one of the most challenging years I have witnessed during my 46 years in the insurance and investment business.
There are three stages people go through when they lose their job: anger, resentment and finally determination. These are the same feelings that a person goes through with any loss such as divorce, separation and death of a loved. The point is, "How do I move on?"
In today's world, e-mail has become the preferred method of communication, not only between friends and family, but also between businesspeople, educators, administrators, lawyers and other professionals.
With the real estate and stock markets in meltdown mode for the past year, there is real financial panic and despair permeating the air right now.
Jack Welch, the former head of GE, co-writes a weekly column for Business Week magazine. Sometimes the "Dear Abby" format is used, when someone sends in a question and Welch, together with his wife Suzy, provides answers and thought-provoking perspective.
Today Americans are living longer and more vivacious lives.
Our small business bankers, like those at other banks, are hearing two main concerns from customers these days: They want to know what it takes to obtain loans, and they want help managing expenses and cash flow.
As most business owners are acutely aware, 2008 witnessed unprecedented freefall dips in the global economy.
One of the biggest myths offered by the California insurance industry to justify its eliminating your legal right is the need to control the "litigation explosion" under which we are supposedly burdened. It is simply not true.
If you are concerned about the rising cost of health care and what its escalating cost will do to your retirement plans, you are not alone.
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.