Effective Contract Management

What do Alex Rodríguez, Tiger Woods and Sandra Bullock have in common? Their lives were significantly impacted by very clever contract negotiators. Rodríguez hit a grand slam in 2000 when he scored a ten-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers—at the time, the biggest deal in sports history. Due to a negotiating position compromised […]

Holiday Returns and Year-End Headaches

Christmas has passed but not all the returns have been finished. Dad’s khaki slacks were too baggy. The sleeveless blouse was a tad too revealing for sister’s corporate bank job. Brother was hoping for the Samsung Android smartphone, not the Apple tablet. As whiny as these remarks may sound, the aforementioned comments are representative of […]

Disruptive Innovation

Disruption is a game changer. In simpler times we humbly referred to a disruption as an unforeseen and perhaps unwelcome intrusion or disturbance to an event, agenda or personal time. The last minute meeting, a child sent home with a burgeoning cold, or the sudden appearance of a friendly neighbor on our doorstep in need […]

Crafting the Multi-Generational Workforce

Bill Gates. The founder of the enormously successful Microsoft Corporation is renowned worldwide.  Gates, also an author and humanitarian, created the multinational tech giant with high school friend, Paul Allen, in 1975.  It currently has a market capitalization of over $800 billion and just last week Microsoft overtook Amazon as second most valuable U.S. company. […]

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  In this case, we are not referring to the popular “humiliation” quiz show which debuted in the UK during the summer of 2000.  Literally, this proverb means a physical chain can only be as strong as the weakest link therein. Its origin […]

What is SDI?

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The Tiff over Tariffs

To tariff or not to tariff.  How much and applied to whom is the question.  Simply put, via Investopedia,” tariffs are used to restrict imports by increasing the price of goods and services purchased from overseas and making them less attractive to consumers.” While its intent is to protect domestic businesses by placing globally sourced imports at a disadvantage through […]


Ah, repercussions! If, like most proficient smartphone users, you have a plethora of mobile apps that facilitate your banking, communication, travel, and shopping needs you have undoubtedly been swamped with prompts to accept new privacy policies from your apps. Who to thank? The EU, actually.   Prior to the Facebook debacle, when news outlets exposed the misuse of […]

BIG DATA: Friend or Foe

Big Data has been getting ample attention lately, not necessarily all good.  Just last month I penned a piece on internet misconduct, using the recent Facebook misuse of user data, as an example. Not coincidentally, a spate of articles and opinions has ensued questioning the real value all this data provides to mankind. How popular […]

Bad Behavior

Once upon a time, the chances of a business or consumer being fleeced, financially, were smaller than in today’s hi-tech environment.  To be sure, bad actors have been plundering, thieving and murdering for centuries. (As an interesting –and historical- aside, an article in the Los Angeles Times details quite the whodunit claiming that a 430,000-year-old […]