It’s Not Your Mother’s Fault

It’s Not Your Mother’s Fault: Vol. 1 Issue 3 We get a truckload of Christmas cards, which is wonderful. Many are sent by people from early in our marriage who stay in touch via an exchange of cards. Some people have a tradition of inserting a “family letter” detailing the past year, as if we should be catching up on episodes we’ve missed of Breaking Bad or Dexter. (The last time I printed such a sentiment, some people were incensed …


2012 Financial Regimen

I never give financial advice and I don’t pretend to be a financial expert. But I have worked with thousands of solo practitioners and firm owners, and I have learned from my own mistakes. So here are some New Year’s suggestions for a healthy financial regimen. 1. Pay yourself first. Set up a new business account separate from your regular personal and professional accounts. Transfer 10% (choose your own percentage) of EVERY dollar you collect in 2012 into that account. …



Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 12/27/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

December 27, 2011—Issue #118 This week’s focus point: In the U.S., housing has bottomed out and shows small improvements. Retail sales are up four percent from last year’s holiday period, surpassing projections. The market is over 12,000 as I write this. Unemployment is marginally reduced. The Europeans seem to be figuring out how to shore up the euro and avoid national defaults. These events don’t represent radical improvement, perhaps, but they do represent progress. You’d never know from most media …



Dear Sir

Here’s a recent blog post, I’m told from the Harvard Business Review, sent to me by Alden Ulrich: Skip the Mr. and Mrs. “Forget what your parents taught you, it’s not always prudent to use a formal salutation, especially in today’s more informal business world. Addressing people by their first name is now the norm in corporate America. Use first names to address colleagues, clients, and bosses. If you are a junior employee, this will level the playing field so …