Category Archives: Business

Glass-Steagall and Presidential Candidates

One of the major issues that I will take into consideration when choosing a candidate to support in the 2016 election is where they stand on re-instituting Glass-Steagall.  It is not the only factor that I will consider, but it … Continue reading

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In Support of Glass-Steagall

The legislation commonly known as Glass-Steagall provided simple, yet effective, regulations to our banking system.  It separated commercial banking and investment banking activities and entities.  It was that simple.  This topic was also discussed in an earlier article in 2012 … Continue reading

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Career Lesson #1: Know The Details

My first job after graduating from college was with American Can Company, in the consumer products division. I chose American Can over a number of other offers because American Can had a management training program that sounded like the type … Continue reading

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A Culture of Loyalty

A friend recently reminded me of an employee survey I did a few years ago for a large construction company on the topic of loyalty.  The results of the survey were extremely positive, and underlined the strong effective culture at … Continue reading

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Constructive Criticism? Who Wants That?

At one point in my career, many years ago, I was in charge of the Financial Services Consulting practice for KPMG in the New York office.  One year, when the annual performance evaluation forms were sent around to all partners … Continue reading

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A Disaster Is Not In My Contract

On Saturday, October 29, 2011, an early Winter storm swept through the New England states. It was a storm that New Englanders refer to as a “Nor’Easter”, and it left a path of destruction and power outages across much of … Continue reading

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Strengthen Our Financial System With Effective Regulations

This article explores the reasons why regulation of financial services organizations is needed, discusses a few of the problems with our current regulatory environment, and offers suggestions as to focus of any potential new regulations. The key question is not … Continue reading

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Running a Business — Listen and Learn

Many businesses do not take advantage of opportunities to listen to their customers and improve the way their businesses operate. This article attempts to extract a few lessons learned from a routine household experience with driveway contractors. Running a Business … Continue reading

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KPMG Financial Services Consulting – Defining a Market Strategy

During the period from 1993 to 2001, KPMG’s Financial Services Consulting practice on a global basis grew at an unprecedented rate. The market strategy that was defined for the practice was one of the major contributors to that growth. This … Continue reading

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Strategic Management Process – The Operating Stage

The final stage of a strategic management process is the Operating Stage. A company that moves through the first three stages of the process, remains in the Operating Stage forever, or until the company’s business is totally revamped. During this … Continue reading

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