Archive for October, 2011

The new science of personal success. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year’s Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can’t people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

  My guest this week, Author Al Switzler’s, book Change Anything, reveals a stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one’s working relationship with others, one’s overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

Join me this Saturday morning at 8am on AM 930 WFMD, or listen from your pc by logging onto WFMD’s website and click the listen live button

About this week’s guest:

Business Communication Expert & New York Times Bestselling Author

In the past twenty-five years, Al Switzler has helped hundreds of organizations achieve measurable change with his broad knowledge of leadership, teamwork, quality, communication, management, and motivation. Co Founder of VitalSmarts, Al has researched methods for driving rapid sustainable and measurable change in behaviors.

Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Instructor
Al is coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer.

In addition to authoring bestsellers, Al has served on the faculty of several universities including the University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Auburn University, and the University of Kentucky. These institutions have recognized Al with awards for innovation and outstanding teaching.

Take on the “Big Boys” and win! This week on Your Financial Editor.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

” When a giant is forced to face off against an upstart brand, there is virtually no upside in winning—but the downside is severe. The upstart, however, has nothing but upside. This asymmetrical game of chicken is ideal for the underdog.”   (from Killing Giants).  Join me this week, and find out exactly how this scenario plays out over and over in the business world.

Join me this Saturday morning at 8am on AM 930 WFMD, or listen from your pc by logging onto WFMD’s website and click the listen live button.

About this week’s guest:

Stephen Denny is a competitive strategy + marketing consultant, helping brands in technology, consumer products, clean energy and services define their competitive positioning, communication strategies and implementation plans in the market. He is the author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry (Portfolio US & Penguin UK).

Apart from writing and consulting, Denny is a frequent speaker at corporate events, industry conferences and graduate business schools on topics relating to competitive strategy and marketing. He holds multiple patents, has lived and worked in both the US and Japan, and has an MBA from the Wharton School.

Prior to consulting, he was a 20+ year senior marketing executive having managed the people, strategy and budgets at brand name technology companies like at Sony, Onstar, Iomega and Plantronics.  He lives just south of Santa Cruz, CA.

China is hot – is it facing a glorious future or a colossal collapse? This week on Your Financial Editor.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This week, my guest, Gordon Chang, takes us on a vividly observed voyage behind the scenes of China’s so-called economic miracle, where it turns out that institutions are shaky, relationships corrupt, and success precarious.  Chinese society is seething with unrest, and the ruling party is split. Chang has lived and done business in China for years.  He is not afraid of making bold judgments.  When he warns that China’s two centuries of troubles are still not over, we had better take notice.

Join me this Saturday morning at 8am on AM 930 WFMD, or listen from your pc by logging onto WFMD’s website and click the listen live button.

About this week’s guest:

Gordon G. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World, released by Random House in January 2006.  Showdown focuses on nuclear proliferation in general and the North Korean crisis in particular.  His first book is The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, August 2001). He is a columnist at and The Daily.
He lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. 

His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron’s.  

He has spoken at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and other universities and at The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other institutions.  He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon.  He has also spoken before industry and investor groups including Bloomberg, Sanford Bernstein, and Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia.  Chang has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.   
He has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

Outside the United States he has spoken in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, The Hague, London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

He has served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University.

You can’t avoid death or taxes, but you can have control over how your assets are passed to your loved ones. This week on Your Financial Editor.

Friday, October 7th, 2011

My guest this week is Wall Street Journalpersonal-finance reporter Rachel Emma Silverman. We’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of good estate planning. Chock-full of clear and solid advice on how to get the most out of the main estate planning tools – including wills, trusts, life insurance, guardianship papers, and powers-of-attorney documents – Ms. Silverman’s book, Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook, will help make your estate-planning process as simple, smooth, and un-intimidating as possible.

Join me this Saturday morning at 8am on AM 930 WFMD, or listen from your pc by logging onto WFMD’s website and click the listen live button.

About this week’s guest:

Rachel Emma Silverman is an editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she has worked since 1998. She currently edits and co-writes The Juggle, the Wall Street Journal’s work-and-family website and reports on career, workplace and family issues. Before that, she covered personal finance, focusing on estate planning, wealth management, insurance, philanthropy, art and collectibles, and financial aspects of marriage and divorce. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She now lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two young sons.