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Can We Achieve The American Dream In a COVID-19 World?

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

The Hill decided to address this question in their article “Can we keep the American Dream alive during COVID-19?”. It is an opinion article, and like most opinions needs to be read with a cautious eye. The basic conclusion of the article is “Every American deserves the chance and opportunity to experience the American Dream, […]

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Better Enabling The American Dream

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute has published a report titled “The American Dream in 2020: How to Strengthen It”. It is definitely a good read. The report focuses on ways to leverage public policy to create increased economic opportunity. It shares a wide range of ideas, but focuses on local level policies and community initiatives. In […]

What Students Say About the American Dream

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

I was doing some online research into the American Dream to better understand how different demographics perceive it. I have done a reasonable amount of studying the Dream, but find it is always good to proactively seek diverse thoughts on the subject. My passion for continuing to learn about the American Dream stems from my […]

Searching For The American Dream in a COVID-19 World

Monday, July 13th, 2020

My sister recently forwarded me an NPR article written by Claire Harbage titled “Searching For The American Dream On Paradise Road”. It was an article about the work of photographer Eliot Dudik. The article has some great pictures if you enjoy photography. But, I want to focus on Claire’s interpretation of the American Dream. Here […]

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COVID-19 Time To Review Your Strategic Plan

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Sometimes the unexpected happens and it has a material impact on the strategic plan your Company is operating against. Failure to do so can be disastrous. When Netflix entered the market they upended the existing pricing model for watching movies. Netflix introduced the monthly price with unlimited access to their portfolio of titles. Blockbuster, the […]

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Leadership In A Post COVID-19 Period

Friday, May 8th, 2020

As the Nation begins to reopen for business, many Organizations are discovering business as usual is simply not an option.  The threat of a COVID-19 epidemic restart is very real and the safety of both employees and customers is on the mind of every CEO/Owner.  In addition, there are a number of new local, state and federal […]

How To Successfully Make Tough Decisions

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

During your career there is a good chance you will be asked to make more than one challenging decision.  A decision where there is no obvious right or wrong, and the consequences of taking action are anything but trivial.   Let’s face it, leadership is tough; and many decisions require trade-offs. Important decisions are often made even tougher […]

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The Need For Elected Officials To Learn About Capital Investment Deals Is Clear

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

The recent decision by Amazon to reverse a decision to locate a headquarters operation in New York has again put the strategy of offering corporate incentives for capital investment back in the headlines.  In case you have somehow missed the news coverage, here is the cliff notes version: NY Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill […]

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Social Media Blessing Or Curse?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Place Brand Marketers in economic development organizations and their Agencies are enamored with social media as a low cost way of communicating their place brand promise to relevant target audiences. As a consequence, the use of social media in economic development has increased dramatically. The benefits cited typically by Agencies include: It’s free. Of course, […]

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Six Characteristics Of a High Performance Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Governance is not management.  Governance provides guidelines for management. Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash I was recently asked for thoughts on what makes Boards successful.  This is a challenging subject, although there is literature exploring the question.  To respond, I reflected on my time as Board Chair of an not-for-profit NGO and subsequently the […]

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