A (Final?) Visit to Macy’s

Last Saturday I went to my (now) nearest Macy’s. It’s in a huge mall which even includes an Apple store. And tons of chain restaurants. At midday the extensive parking lots were full. But Macy’s was not. Now if you’ve been keeping up with the retail business news you know retail in general is in […]

Letter to a European Friend

Dear good friend, I’m sorry for the delay in writing back; We just returned. The Post Office had our mail with your letter all summer. It’s good to know you’re OK.  Unfortunately we didn’t go anywhere near your home in Croatia as we had hoped – staying close to our work in Prague. From what […]

Finally Friday

I love Fridays! After so many years of working every day, any day, weekends just another day – I love what happens in business news. When the market closes at 4pm Friday – and sometimes even before – it’s like we all go to Brigadoon for the weekend. With only an unplanned event of huge […]

Podcast #2 – A Conversation with Pepper de Callier, Leadership Coach, Author Part 2

This is the second of two podcasts with Pepper de Callier – who is a Prague-based leadership coach and author. In the continuation of our wide-ranging conversation we discuss whether leadership differs in small countries and large ones, the rise of populism in the US (Trump) and around the world – and why.  We discuss […]

Podcast #1 – A Conversation with Pepper de Callier, Leadership Coach, Author

This is the first of two audio podcasts.  Pepper de Callier  is a Prague-based leadership coach and author. We talk about leadership today and tomorrow in the corporate world and how that differs — if it does — from political leadership. In a wide-ranging conversation we discuss the British vote to leave the European Union, […]

The Presidential Election and John Chambers

Why can’t it be John Chambers running for President? On CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, the Executive Chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems said he’s a moderate Republican.  And yet he spoke admiringly about Bill Clinton’s 8 years as President.  When, Chambers said, 22.5 million jobs were created. And there was 17% growth in real per capita […]

Starbucks Redux

Back in late February when it was first announced I wrote about Starbucks’ revamped rewards program. And how it seemed to me just another way to appease Wall Street’s insatiable profit and revenue demands by cajoling more people to spend more money at their local coffee hangout. Since that post the Twitterverse has erupted with […]

Radio Is Dying. Again

I love radio. There’s an immediacy and singularity about it that TV or internet video streaming can never match. And certainly not Pandora or its multiple offspring – with their endless, depersonalized music. Listening to radio creates a personal connection – a one-on-one relationship with the talk host, the news anchor, the DJ or the music.  And […]

Dispatch from a Boeing 777-200ER

I’m flying home. From Prague to New Jersey. Connecting though Paris. Pretty normal. Done it many times. Ok – it’s never exactly fun. Security checks, passport controls, crowded waiting areas and fully booked planes. With just enough legroom between seats for a mouse to sit comfortably. You know – the usual nightmare. But no. Not […]

Chip Payment Cards

I started this blog post months ago. Well before the 2015  holiday season. Well after the October 1st deadline when all retailers were supposed to have installed the new chip payment card readers. And banks were to have sent them out to replace all magnetic stripe only credit and debit cards. These payment cards were supposed to ensure better […]

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