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HOW Do I Retire?

In today’s world, people’s careers don’t end like they used to.

Gone are the gold watches, and the retirement dinners and celebrations. Instead, many people find themselves leaving their jobs earlier than they wanted…they become over-priced, or outdated and find themselves faced with the choice of “early retirement” or downsizing. Others find that they cannot afford to “retire” and end up working far longer than want, often taking jobs that are not meaningful to them.
Often, people just stop working…and retirement is not a “line in the sand” but, rather, a fuzzy construct that offers little certainty about whether someone is truly “retired”.

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Topics: HOW, The How Report, Retirement

Electronic Mentors

The world is addicted to Smart Phones. 
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Topics: Culture

Super Bowl Fever

As I’m sure almost all of you know, this weekend is the NFL’s championship game, the Super Bowl, being played in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. As is typically the case, this will be one of the highest rated television events of the year as millions tune in on TV and thousands cheer in a sold out stadium. The fever of publicity is at its peak in these days leading up to the game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
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The Power of “Thanks”

Thank you.
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India’s Mission to Mars & Cyclones: What is Principled Performance?

I recently returned from a business trip to Mumbai where I spent an inspiring few days with my colleagues from LRN. As all business travelers know, the world is still a very big place. Even though technology has brought all of us closer together, and air travel has made a trip to the other side of the planet as easy as hopping on an airplane, there are still great and wonderful differences between our countries, cultures and geographies that make the world the fascinating quilt of experience that it is today.

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Topics: HOW

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and …#GivingTuesday

The holiday season is upon us. We know this to be the case because we are now being bombarded with the usual crush of holiday advertising imploring us to venture out into the world of stores, malls and online shopping sites in the hopes that we will all part with more of our money to buy more gifts for more people…

And we are being encouraged to do so earlier and earlier. Here in the US, the creep of holiday sales and seasonal advertising continues an inexorable march backwards from the end of the year: it is now common to see Christmas trees on display alongside Halloween decorations, and to hear holiday music now playing over in-store speaker systems in October. Can you see a future where the 4th of July marks the start of the holiday shopping season?

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Topics: #GivingTuesday

Record Penalties...Is It Enough?

What is going on here?

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Superstorm Sandy: One Year later

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy unleashed its fury on the east coast of the United States, with the most severe effects felt along the shores of New Jersey, New York City, Long Island and New England.  This storm, the result of a unique confluence of meteorological conditions, exploded into a storm of historic size and consequence: over 1000 miles in size at one point with fierce winds, heavy rain and enormous ocean surge the storm wreaked havoc and caused previously unimaginable damage.

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One Human Being

The subway platform was crowded, but nothing too unusual. The train seemed a little late but with the bright headlights of the front car now rapidly approaching from the darkened recesses of the underground tunnel, I sighed in the knowledge that I’d soon be on board and on my way to the office.

The familiar rush of dank, stale air preceded the approach of the train as the hulk of the carriage pushed the air ahead and through the maze of underground tubes. The strange, but equally familiar, tattering on the rails served as a calling card: the wheels of the train creating a vibration on the tracks long before the train actually appears. The low rumble of the mechanical juggernaut grew louder by the second, an urgent guttural roar bellowing from the bowels of the subterranean labyrinth. This was just like every morning, and evening, and night in the subways.

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Situational Ethics

Michael Corleone, the character played by Al Pacino in the famous “Godfather” movies, likes to say that “It’s only business, it’s not personal” when discussing various acts of deceit, betrayal and crime with the members of his crime family.

I have been thinking about this mindset lately. Indeed, I have always wondered how the acts of monstrous brutality, like torture, assault and murder that are committed by members of organized crime are somehow looked at differently in the context of what organization they belong to by those who perpetrate the crimes and those who experience and witness them.

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