There are times in life, when we look at a situation and simply have to ask, "what happened?" Sometimes we were in control of those situations and sometimes we were not. In the "what happened" example that is quickly approaching us, I can't really identify whether we were in control of the situation or not. Either way however, we will all be affected. Many will be affected greatly and negatively.
This is the time of year when children of all ages create a list for Santa. These lists consist of "wants" and "nice to haves" but not always "what's really needed."
A trend that Realtors first started noticing back in February was confirmed this October as home sales took off statewide, shooting up throughout the Santa Clarita Valley by 23.3 percent compared to a year ago.
Whether you're job hunting or looking to advance your career, don't stay home this holiday season. Attend company parties and accept invitations from clients/vendors, community groups, associations and charities. All provide ideal opportunities for networking.
As we approach the end of 2012, I thought it might be good to review. I was looking at some of my past columns and found some lines I either liked or thought were important. This year went fast, as they all seem to pass quickly lately. In case you missed my columns, here are some excerpts I'd like to share again.
The day after Thanksgiving I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
George came in for an interview at Hard Bodies, a combo auto body repair/dance revue studio. Mary, head of human resources, checked out George's qualifications for both aspects of the job. In her own words, "He looked good."
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.
If you haven't noticed, the airways are filled with advertisements to join a gym to get into shape or to start a diet.
While most financial experts agree that saving should be a part of every household budget, many Americans admit that they aren't prepared financially for life's unexpected challenges and emergencies.
Tomorrow is Monday, January 6, and people will be back to work. Hopefully, the company plan for 2014 has been nailed down and assignments to key result areas are known and responsibilities for achievement assigned.
Most individuals have read numerous articles on how to prepare for an interview as a job candidate. However, as an entrepreneur or hiring manager, how much time have you spent improving your skill set to effectively screen applicants and conduct interviews to optimize your potential to select the best candidate? If you're like most entrepreneurs or managers, your answer to that question with be somewhere between little and none.
Tens of thousands of owners who once again have equity in their homes have much to be grateful for as 2014 dawns.
As the year comes to a close, it is appropriate to look back and ask why some businesses have survived and others went by the wayside; and to understand why some businesses have done well.
Most of the business owners I know are either finishing up a solid year and want to continue the good times into 2014, or they had a less than stellar year and want a different ending a year from now. Which is it for you?
If voters get their way the 30-year home loan will be here to stay, yet retention of what has been an invaluable tool in building the nation's middle class while opening home ownership to generations of citizens may now be more a function of politics than economics.
Business owners are busy this time of year but being asked to answer tough questions is an essential part of success. This list will start the process of evaluating how 2013 was for you and your business.