Monthly Archives: November 2011

Finally, Someone Stands Up to the Big Banks . . .

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the $285m “settlement” agreed to by CitiGroup in a judgement brought against it by the SEC for misleading clients in a $1Billion collateralised debt obligation (CDO) linked to sub-prime residential mortgages. … Continue reading

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Beware the “Blue” Crabs . . .

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.   – Henry Ford I heard a story over thirty years ago and it still reverberates inside my mind, especially when I am engaged in a … Continue reading

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Why do they make it so hard?

I can remember back in the dark ages when the first portable Macs and PCs came out.  First I had to lug it on and off the airplane, then when I got to my hotel room I usually spent an hour … Continue reading

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Leaders: Born or Made?

The purpose of leadership is to create more leaders, not more followers. Early in my business career the big question being asked in MBA classes and academic circles was whether leaders are born or made.  Those who believe leaders are … Continue reading

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Fishing and Bad Weather . . .

For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.  ~George Gissing When I … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership . . . Sgt. Pete Segundo

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams It’s strange how some people you meet come and go without a second thought, while others stay … Continue reading

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Rights and Responsibilities . . .

Rights!  There are no rights whatever without corresponding duties.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge This is a difficult blog topic for me as I am not much of a philosopher or academic and feel more at home on a trout stream than … Continue reading

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