Archive for July, 2010

The American Automobile Industry’s road from glory to disaster – this week on Your Financial Editor

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Were the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler inevitable?  How did Ford avoid disaster?  Should taxpayers have bailed out the auto giants?  Who is to blame for the troubles of the automobile industry?  On this week’s program, Chris and his guest, Paul Ingrassia, will explore the answers to these pressing questions.  

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About the Author:

Paul Ingrassia is the former Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 (with Joseph B. White) for reporting on management crises at General Motors, Ingrassia has chronicled the auto industry for more than twenty-five years. His latest book, “Crash Course: the American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster,” is the first book published about the 2009 bailouts and bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Meet the Press, the PBS Newshour, CNBC, National Public Radio and more. He’s a frequent op-ed contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Edmunds.com and other publications.

The science behind exceptional management of your company – this week on Your Financial Editor

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Using the findings from brain scans, cognitive experiments, and behavioral studies, this week’s guest and Chris Murray will talk about our new understanding of how our minds work, and how to apply that knowledge to management of your business.  Charles Jacobs, the author of Management Rewired, will take us on a journey from the first glimmers of conscious thinking in our ancestors to the groundbreaking discoveries of the twenty-first century.  

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About this week’s author:

Charles S. Jacobs is founder and managing partner of 180 Partners, and the author of Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science. For over two decades, he has helped the leadership of corporations around the world improve the performance of their businesses. He numbers among his clients fifty of the Fortune 100, and has worked in Europe, Asia, South America, and the U.S.

His unique approach enables managers to use our new understanding of the brain to comprehensively rethink their businesses, creating more robust competitive strategies and the performance-oriented organizations needed to implement them. His work provides the key to overcome the number one obstacle to meaningful improvement in business performance—the rapid and effective management of change.

His writing has appeared in numerous business publications and he is sought after for print and broadcast interviews. His seminars and speeches offer an overview of the stunning discoveries of brain science and the direct, practical application of those discoveries to management. He completed his B.A., M.A., and PhD work at the University of Michigan.

A Whole New Government Agency…Really??

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Well it’s official…the administration is creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The new bureaucracy is being formed after a year long battle in congress that was led by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut and Rep. Barney Frank (D) of Massachusetts.  More than a few Americans are questioning why Obama would pile on this new layer at a time of record government spending and deficits.   They have a point.

I mean, why wouldn’t the government focus its time and effort on enforcing all of the rules and regulations that exist already and have existed for decades.  Two former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairmen have said just that, “we don’t need new laws from Washington D.C., we just need those with the responsibility to step up and do their jobs”.  Instead, we hear stories of SEC enforcement officials surfing pornography at their work desks on the American taxpayer’s dime.  What a pathetic sight that must have been, don’t you agree?

So, who will build and lead this new agency?  Will it be Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor, or another Ivy League or Washington insider?  We’ll know this answer very soon.  The next questions are:

1.) Will the nominee be able to work with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner?

2.) Will the annual budget of $500,000,000.00 (yes, that’s $500,000,000.00 every year) corrupt those in power at the agency?

This administration, and the government in general, have not been able to balance its own checkbook and keep elected and appointed officials, aides, etc. in order…do they really expect the citizens of this great country to believe the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will do any better for you and me?

Richest Man in Town, and One Income Households – this week, on Your Financial Editor.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Saturday’s show will feature two highlighted interviews from last year.  First up is Randy Jones, author, publisher, and media executive who has spent 30 years in the publishing, TV, Internet, film and media businesses. He is the founder of Worth, the financial lifestyle magazine for active, wealthy investors.  Often regarded as an industry maverick, he became the youngest publisher of a major magazine in history when, at age 29, he took the helm of Esquire magazine (later sold to the Hearst Corporation).  He will be talking with Chris about his latest book, The Richest Man in Town, a compilation of interviews and experiences of the richest, most successfull people in towns across America.

If you are part of  a one income household, you will want to catch the second interview with Susan Reynolds.  Ms. Reynolds has been a professional writer and editor for more than twenty years, and concurrently a marketing consultant for more than a decade. Most recently, she authored five nonfiction books and edited nine books, including six anthologies. Ms. Reynolds is currently the editor of Adams Media’s new Hero series.  She will be talking with Chris about her recent book, One Income Household.

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