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.
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.
There has been a good amount of time spent at the Presidential debates on the topic of women and the workplace. I'm not going to turn this article into a political debate, but I do think that it's worth looking into the facts regarding women, the workplace and retirement.
I had the pleasure of spending three days recently in an Executive Education course. One of the first concepts covered was that the role of leadership in the organization is not only the obligation to create value, but to capture it.
Saving for a college education is an investment for the future, whether it is for your child, your spouse or yourself.
In order to keep California's businesses competitive with out-of-state and international companies, the state provides several sources of funding to help support a trained workforce. One such source is the Employment Training Panel.
Something amazing happens on a regular basis. I understand why it happens, but in reality it can be devastating. Most people would say it sounds like a bad idea, but two major factors make this event happen over and over.
In Jim Collin's bestselling book "From Good to Great" he writes of five levels of leadership; I believe that there are seven levels of leadership, described below.
In the past year or so of writing this column, the editorial staff at The Mighty Signal have on occasion slashed some of the product of my pen (actually, it's a computer). Their rationale was sometimes I went into territory "unfit for a family paper."
I met with Ted to discuss his career options. Ted has been employed by his company for a number of years.
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.
Business owners and leaders often stray too close to a situation to see the entire picture. One of the responsibilities as a Trusted Advisor is to observe what is happening from a vantage point to provide a fresh perspective to clients that may not be otherwise noticed.