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Not All Jobs are Created Equal...

Government Jobs – Disguising the Problem and Diminishing Economic Growth When the U.S. economy is sluggish or when a recession like we are currently experiencing happens, the U.S. government with all good intentions, invests its resources in government-created jobs to try to bolster the economy.  History would say this kind of activity evidenced by the effect of World War II on the post-depression years is a recipe for success.  World War II production is frequently identified as the key variable that pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression.  There is little...
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How Liberal Arts Colleges are Saving Ame...

Not all bachelor’s degrees are created equal.  This is certainly true by marketplace measures.  The starting salaries of accountants and engineers are significantly greater that those of educators and athletic trainers.  Job placement measures for finding employment directly related to any number of liberal arts degrees would indicate that those degrees are of less value than those in just about all business disciplines.  So why do students and their parents continue to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on bachelor’s degrees and coursework that appear to be...
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Why Romney and Ryan Won’t Win...

They have my vote.  So why don’t I think they will win?  I believe, like many do, that their fiscal and social policies are better for America as a whole, the world as a whole, and individual U.S. citizens.  History speaks to this.  Of course, in an election, there is no benign option.  You either get the status quo, or you get something new.   Our U.S. history would validate that free markets, the rule of law that protects and fuels free markets, the right to private property, and the pursuit of happiness yield prosperity for many more than just business...
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Temperance and Free Markets – Comm...

I just attended a conference at Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas; the world’s largest privately-held company with revenues near $100 billion.  Any one who has been in business has to marvel at the size of this enterprise, especially given the commodity nature of most of the products it produces, gathers, sells, and trades.  It is really quite impressive. This impression, though, did not emanate from where you think.  It wasn’t the building that was impressive.  It wasn’t as big or luxurious as you might think.  It was actually quite humble...
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Screwball Letter #9...

The Screwball Letters by Dave Geenens (In the time-honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis) Diversity At Work My Dear Friend Salamander, On the heels of my thoughts about women at work, is another concern . . . women at work is just another indication of the diversity that is being embraced at enterprises.  Discrimination laws in the U.S. are one thing . . . you can’t discriminate in hiring and firing practices based upon all sorts of really important differences like gender, faith orientation, creed, or sexual orientation.  The desire to comply with...
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Screwball Letter #8...

The Screwball Letters by Dave Geenens (In the time-honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis) Women At Work Dear Salamander, Something interesting has caught my attention recently.  Women are competing for jobs on par with men as if they have the same capabilities.  And companies are hiring them!  A negative consequence of this is that us men get shut out more often from job opportunities.  I know of one man in my neighborhood whose wife works and he stays home with the kids.  Something is amiss here! Women simply don’t have the necessary attitude,...
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Screwball Letter #7...

(A parody on effective leadership in the time-honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis) Blue Sky Dear Salamander, Vision is the greatest asset of a leader; so much so that little else has to be emphasized other than casting vision of what could be.  A little pixie dust here . . . a little pixie dust there, and everyone is excited about what can be.  Great leaders constantly cast vision.  Or better yet; they incessantly cast vision.  Every cloudy day gets a little brighter when the leader walks in and casts vision.   Really good leaders use vision...
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Screwball Letter #6...

Legal Prudence Must Prevail (A parody on effective leadership in the time-honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis) Dear Salamander: I expect you are swamped making sure our employees are so busy working that they can’t hear the call of the rebel leaders shouting, “Lead people!” from the neighborhoods and streets.  I certainly hope this is true. While you are pushing your employees to the limit, be ever mindful of legal prudence.  You see, the spirit of the law in the United States has been lost in their distorted and beautiful legal...
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Screwball Letter #5...

Management vs. Leadership (In the time honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis) – a parody and a paradox on effective leadership My Dear Salamander: I hope you are “beating others to the punch,” as it were, with our Golden Rule.  I have recently heard that this annoying hoard of new leaders is attempting to make people believe that there is a difference between management and leadership. This is just semantics. You see, human beings, the worker bees of the world, are intended to work for the benefit and wealth of you and me; the...
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Screwball Letter #4...

(In the time honored tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis) Do Unto Others . . . Dearest Salamander, I understand and hear that you are quickly building your personal knowledge vault to bring attention and admiration to yourself.  Way to go!  Don’t listen to those who will tell you that the way to build an effective enterprise is to share knowledge and to develop others.  This will just take your time away from more important things, and, ultimately, bring rewards to others and not you.  Ultimately, business is about building personal wealth. There...

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