Acting Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney is very concerned that people are taking out student loans to pay for college without considering the “moral” consequences of paying those loans back. Mulvaney’s comments, best heard in your head in the voice of an 18th century French nobleman decrying the work ethic of the common … Continue reading Education For Me, Not For Thee
Kara Swisher, noted and widely-respected tech journalist, has made it clear that yes, she would interview “wandering plague ship” Steve Bannon. Swisher’s op-ed comes on the heels of Bannon’s being uninvited from The New Yorker Festival after other attendees objected to his appearance as well as a new documentary on Bannon that’s premiered at the … Continue reading Which Ideas and Actions are Worth Exploring?
Do successful people eschew lists? Some might, but for others writing things down is the best way to succeed.
There are a number of reasons offered here as to why those identified as Millennials are spending less on “discretionary” items and indulgences than older folks. It’s an issue that’s been covered frequently by the media in the last few years as that group gets older and seizes more of its marketplace power. So the … Continue reading Generational Spending Priorities Have Changed
If you drive around the area of Chicago’s western suburbs I live in you’ll find lots of empty retail buildings. The last several years have not been kind to the in-person shopping experience and so malls are less crowded than they once were, strip malls are often have plentiful open storefronts and so on. All … Continue reading What Else Could Empty Retail Space Be Used For?
I can’t rightly argue with any of the points made by Stephanie Braun at the Ladders blog when she says self-driving cars could open up a lot of growth potential for worker productivity. What I can do, though is take issue with the premise. Self-driving cars can, as she says free up brain space and … Continue reading The Key to Increased Productivity is Mass Transit Systems
There have been a couple stories in the last few weeks about how a new novel or TV show or something has been announced after the writer and his/her material was found on Wattpad, a platform that has positioned itself as a place for aspiring writers to share their work. The site seems to have … Continue reading I Won’t Outsource My Success
A new study shared here reveals 86% those aged 25-35 - roughly “Millennials” - would prefer to remain in their current job if given the chance. They’d like to move up in the organization but also value the development of skills and abilities that, unfortunately, their employers just aren’t providing them. Many companies frequently encourage … Continue reading People Want to Stay in Their Jobs, Companies Should Encourage That
It’s great that the Democratic party has a new slogan heading into the 2018 midterm elections. I even like it, as it conveys the party’s message that the Trump administration has *not* been working for the people in general but instead on behalf of corporate powers and other libertarian and conservative special interests. I wish, … Continue reading Slogans
A lot has been written in recent months about the tight labor market in the U.S. Businesses are having trouble finding and retaining workers for a variety of reasons and it’s causing problems in production and other aspects of operations. One recent example is this MarketWatch story, from which these two paragraphs jumped out at … Continue reading The Great Burden of Business Owners