Global Insights, Leadership

Winners and Losers in US Real Estate and the US Economy

14 Sep , 2018  

Just this week, we heard the good news that median household income grew by 1.8% to $61,372, a new post-recession high. Still, some 39.4 million Americans live in poverty, and that number improved. Unemployment has gone down, and the equity markets are banging on all-time highs. Still, a few things are not working. Not everyone […]

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Innovation, Leadership

Strategy and Marketing Changes for the NFL

5 Sep , 2018  

With the 2018 NFL season about to begin, I want to share the changes that I most recommend for improving the NFL. Many of these would make the game more exciting and add strategy to the game. Some are about improving the NFL’s much beleaguered image. Strategy and Rule Changes: Goal line On Side Possession: […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Advice on Going to College

15 Aug , 2018  

Fall will soon be here in Evanston, Illinois; the first of the maples are turning orange and the summer is quickly cooling. In the coming weeks, we will welcome our new students to campus at Northwestern University. It is always an exciting time of the year. It is exciting to be part of the new […]

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

5 Pieces of Advice for the Ambitious

6 Aug , 2018  

Today’s highly changing world, where technology, banking, medicine, and media are colliding requires people that can adapt, learn, grow, and evolve. Be that person!

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle!

16 Feb , 2018  

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle! The recent news that Steve Ells is stepping down from Chipotle as CEO and that Chipotle has hired Brian Niccol, former Taco Bell CEO, to lead the chain through a turnaround has shocked many foodies and confirmed the dysfunction at Chipotle assumed by many industry experts. The […]

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Leadership

My Favorite Super Bowl and Life Lessons, Too!

29 Jan , 2018  

With Super Bowl LII upon us, I thought I’d share a bit about why Super Bowl XVIII remains my favorite Super Bowl. Really, it was Super and offers a few lessons in leadership! Building a Team: A First for Tampa: This was the first Super Bowl to be held in Tampa. Everyone was excited about […]

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

2018: Wishing You a Year of Growth and Prosperity

1 Jan , 2018  

The General Sherman Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the largest currently standing tree in the world, by volume, towering over 275 feet tall, supported by a 36-foot base diameter, and estimated to have sprouted at about the time of Christ’s birth. It can be found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. A […]

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Leadership

Wisdom from a Bowl of Ramen: (Almost) Everything a Business Leader or Owner Needs to Know Can be Learned in a Restaurant

31 Dec , 2017  

Wisdom from a Bowl of Ramen: (Almost) Everything a Business Leader or Owner Needs to Know Can be Learned in a Restaurant Today, I took my family to a much-heralded ramen house in Wilmette, IL. The experience was overall disappointing and reminded me that nearly all business lessons are at work in the restaurant industry. […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation, Leadership

Retail Lessons from Toys R US – Competing in the Digital and Amazon World!

19 Sep , 2017  

Retail Lessons from Toys R US – Competing in the Digital and Amazon World! Toys R Us and the related Babies R US announced that they are filing for bankruptcy. How Toys R Us got to this point and how they hope to get out are great lessons for retailers competing in the digital and […]

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