Job Performance Is Personal

We checked into the Tower Suites of The Palace Hotel, and encountered a desk agent who seemed aloof. She said, “Hello,” not “Welcome to The Palace.” “Checking in?” she inanely asked. “No,” I said, “I’m taking my luggage out for a walk. Of course I’m checking in!” Then told me our room wasn’t ready. I explained to her that this wasn’t the deal, and when the concierge walked over and greeted me by name, welcoming me back again, she suddenly …



Provocative Thoughts At Year-End

Will we finally ignore the Chicken Little alarmists who insist that everything from Ebola to dandelions are a global threat, and we’re all doomed? No one should be allowed to critique treatment of terrorist prisoners without acknowledging that ISIS beheads innocent civilians. Restoring ties with Cuba is long overdue and capitalism will undermine the Castro revolution as long last. This is probably the single act of Obama’s in six years I can fully support. Anyone who insists their child not …




Thunderbird School of Business Goes Out of Business

The highly-touted Thunderbird School of Business was purchased by the University of Arizona because Thunderbird would have gone out of business (and has, as an independent entity). It had too much debt, not enough income, and was living, apparently, on repute and not results. Imagine sending your kid there and paying tuition? And are they going to keep the administrators and faculty, who evidently couldn’t find the business smarts to avoid or somehow deal with this? How many of those …




Please Like Me (And Prove It)

Here’s my next Facebook post: I need to know that you’re really my friend, so please prove that you’re really reading this post by commenting with just two words about how the world is better because I’m in it. Then, have someone else witness it, so I know you’re not just lying or having someone else do it, and have your friend like it and include a photo. But in case your friend is doing this for you and not …