For all the bad press Goldman gets for it’s dealings amid America’s economic collapse, a firm that size can’t be all bad. And Kaplan was either smart enough or lucky enough to leave long before Wall Street’s collapse in the fall of 2008. He’s taken the good he found at Goldman and is sharing it with hundreds of CEOs and business leaders.
He looks at things the old fashioned way: Work hard on what you do, work hard on providing value to the customer, and the money will follow. Companies that put money first are destined for folly when hard times hit – as history has shown.
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Posted by Al Lewison July 17, 2011 Media /
A special thanks to readers for writing one of my columns while I went on vacation to Italy for a couple weeks.
I appreciate all their great insights on the bailouts and where the economy is really headed.
One of my favorite lines came from Julaine Barribeau of Wausau, Wisc.: “Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations has reached the levels of corruption that now are untouchable.”
Every once in a while, I meet an entrepreneur with a solution so obvious, I have to stop and wonder why it isn’t being done already.
Manhattan real estate developer Percy Pyne is one of those guys.
Pyne, the founder of American Feeder Lines, wants to reopen the Marine Highway along America’s coastline from Halifax to Houston.
He says his service will ease truck traffic on the nation’s highways, reduce fuel consumption, ease carbon emissions and create tens of thousands of jobs.
America long abandoned short-haul shipping along its coasts, primarily because trucking had been more efficient. But with crumbling highways and rising fuel costs, Pyne says we’ll go back to moving things the way we used to.
After all, most of the nation’s great cities evolved along water ways.
“We started on the water, and we’ll go back to the water,” Pyne said.
How many times a day do you say “OK”? The word started off as a newspaperman’s joke in the 1800s and is now the most widely used word on the planet, Metcalf says.
It’s also one of the most honest words you’ll hear. If someone says a product or service is OK, the assertion is rarely challenged. In fact, the word is so fundamentally honest, it has rarely proven useful for marketers and advertisers.
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