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Ken Keller: Learning from the Pumpkin Patch

Last week I provided the Pyramid of Business Success, a nine layered structure. Layer seven was the Growth Plan.

March 17, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: State’s pending sales at four-year high, share of distressed sales drops

The recent rise of pending home sales to the highest level in nearly four years supports experts who believe California's home resale market will achieve full bloom this spring.

March 14, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Pyramid of Business Success

I've long admired Coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success." In business, whatever blueprint, instructional manual or paint by number kit being used before the enterprise launches is quickly tossed aside once the doors open. After that, it becomes a freelance-thing or a free for all, for those lacking mentors, a Sherpa or the time to figure it out.

March 10, 2013 | Ken Keller | Business Columns


Peter Bellas: Now that we’ve been forecasted

Once again we are upon the season of forecasts. A quick perusal of any investment website will turn up some very rosy and optimistic forecasts for the coming year and a least a few doom and gloom predictions.

March 06, 2013 | Peter Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Keeping yourself motivated

One challenge of being a business owner or holding a position of leadership is keeping motivated.

March 03, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Real Estate Talk

January is typically a dormant time of year for the residential real estate market in the Santa Clarita Valley, yet this market recovery is so unusual that no one was surprised when statistics showed January posted the highest sales total for the month in six years.

March 01, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Buying distressed properties

Real estate development during the Great Recession has proven to be a very challenging endeavor. Even seasoned professionals have found themselves struggling to service debt on projects that are producing monthly net negative cash flows.

February 26, 2013 | By Darcey Oldhafer | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Do the right thing, quickly

Last week I wrote about the 2012 Gallup Poll where only 21 percent of U.S. adults rated business executives with high or very high in honesty and ethics.

February 24, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What is it that you believe in?

In the course of working with business owners and leaders, I have observed that the organizations that are the most successful over the long run are the ones that have a strong focus.

February 24, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Open letter to lawmakers regarding mortgage deduction

Fiddling with the mortgage interest deduction to balance the nation's books would impact much of the nation, yet eliminating it or even limiting it would have a particularly destructive impact on California's high-cost housing market and the state's budding economic recovery.

February 14, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa | Business Columns


Ken Keller: It’s very easy for a business to make trust disappear

A Gallup research study conducted and released in late 2012 found that only 21 percent of American adults surveyed found business executives high or very high in honesty and ethics.

February 10, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


John Milburn: Management by agreement: the other ‘MBA’

It is generally agreed that being an effective manager involves taking calculated risks.

February 06, 2013 | John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Real labor shortage stems from problem employees

There are many people out of work that want a job. The government says that the unemployment rate is falling as the economy grows and organizations add to payrolls.

February 03, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


There are new rules for home mortgage borrowers

In an attempt to put the "service" back in mortgage servicing, new rules have been devised that are intended to make it easier for borrowers facing financial stress to quickly learn about alternatives to foreclosure, speak directly to the loan servicer, and get errors fixed when there's been a mistake.

January 31, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Weeding out the disengaged

These individuals show up every day, are present physically but not always mentally for the required period of time, and leave at the end of the day, not having accomplished much at all.

January 27, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Advice for a better second half

Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.

July 06, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Tips for growing a family

Starting or growing a family can be an exciting milestone in one's life. But as most experienced parents will tell you, your priorities are likely to change, and along with these changes come new expenses and responsibilities,

June 25, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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