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The events that occurred in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 6th, during which an angry and violent mob of white nationalists and Trump supporters assaulted the Capitol inspired by the inflammatory rhetoric of a sitting President fomenting seeds of insurrection appeared in stark contrast to the Inauguration Ceremony last Wednesday — exactly two weeks later — as incoming President Joe Biden voiced an aspirational prayer for a return to unity through leadership for all Americans and 22-year old poet laureate Amanda Gorman recited an inspirational poem as they jointly attempted to salve the wounds of a hurting nation torn…


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True leadership is hard to define, but its absence isn’t

As I listened to Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s former Campaign Manager, on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Campaign on Fox News last Tuesday night commenting that had the President simply leaned into Covid-19, rather than running from it and otherwise denying its existence, he would have won the election by a landslide. Reluctantly, I had to agree. After all, it didn’t have to be this way at all.

Nobody in this country blamed Donald Trump in any way for having precipitated or caused the Coronavirus. Virtually nobody would…


Left: Hitler addresses his followers, May 1937. (Associated Press). Right: U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps on the stage for a campaign rally with Vice President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA. (NBCBoston.com)

When Ivanka Trump registered as a Republican for the first time in 2018, her husband Jared Kushner, also switching parties, commented: “I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it.” As a lifelong Democrat, it wasn’t clear who “people like me” were?

Jared and Ivanka are worth close to $800 million, looking more like Republicans than Democrats, and although social media director Dan Scavino recently claimed the President is “truly a man of the people,” he has certainly not been a traditional Republican.

From the moment he launched his presidential campaign…


Left: Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River en route to the Roman Senate with his 13th Legion in 49 BCE. Photo from http://dalgleish1electronicportfolio.weebly.com/julius-caesar.html.

When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River en route to the Roman Senate with his 13th Legion in 49 BCE, he established not only an historical marker designed to showcase the absolute power of his military might and authority, but he also provided a living example that both elucidates history yet portends modern times in so many ways.

I hadn’t thought about that iconic historical moment since studying history in high school and college; however, this past summer, as protests swelled throughout the United States following the outrage surrounding the death of George Floyd, President Trump did something on June…


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As I watched the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee summon and subsequently grill the CEO’s of Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook this past July regarding allegations of anticompetitive business practices, I couldn’t help but scratch my head at the suggestion that they have somehow become today’s “Robber Barons”. To be sure, Americans (and the Congress that is elected to serve them) have a right to be wary of developments that impact our competitive environment, especially when those developments are super charged by rapidly growing enterprises worth trillions of dollars.

Therefore, a legitimate and serious study as to whether anti-competitive business…


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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than…


I had an interesting conversation this past Saturday at our local Starbucks. It was just intended to be a coffee with a friend, but we started dealing with some far-reaching topics I thought I might share with you.

My friend was recounting a scenario with a person he had hired as a favor to put some extra money in his pocket by providing services to my friend’s company. He found out, along the way, that the individual was collecting a paycheck, but was also collecting personal benefits in his official role. In short, he was receiving extra monetary favors for…


We’ve had an avocado tree in our backyard for something like four years. We have also complained incessantly because the avocado tree, planted when we were first re-landscaping the back lawn, has done absolutely nothing. It’s anemic, paltry, and otherwise not deserving of being called an avocado tree.

At the same time, we love avocados and we have really wanted to grow our own. So, Janet and I did what we thought would be appropriate. We gave it a place in our home — our backyard to be exact — lots of love, more than enough water and sunshine, and…


The Orlando Sentinel published this article on Sunday, October 7th, the same day it announced the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court the day before. As we all know, the confirmation process was bitter and contentious and exposed the enormous divide our country is feeling in the face of numerous issues. My article was not intended to address the merits of the individual claims by Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh — that was done all too much in the media; it simply focused on the underlying process where emotionally-charged issues confront each other in a public…


Christoph Zott and Raphael Amit are considered, to some extent, the gurus on business models. Starting in 2000, they began the process of taking a look at them for purposes of understanding how business models were different than conventional business analysis which dealt primarily with strategic management on the one side or organizational management on the on the other side.

Out of that developed an entire focus on business models and how business models operate. And, as you can tell, they did a number of different studies over the years. This particular article, written in 2011, provided a study of…

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