Week of December 5, 2016

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
– Bob Hope
Legendary Comedian who spent 57 Christmases overseas entertaining our armed forces.


  • Mr. Collins’ Neighborhood
  • After Election Impact and Advise
  • The Myth of the High Achiever
  • Econ Recon: ‘House’ Calls


Mr. Collins’ Neighborhood – If there is one contemporary business writer that everyone knows, it’s Jim Collins who’s penned such best sellers as “Built to Last”, “Good To Great” and “Great by Choice.”  If you haven’t read these page turners, or want a quick review of the concepts explored in his books, Collins has an exceptional page on his website that offers a brief introduction of such concepts such as “the hedgehog”,  “the flywheel”, “five stages of decline” and many others plus a very brief video of Collins speaking on most of them!

If you haven’t read his books yet, you will want to after spending a little time on his Concepts page.

After Election Impact and Advise – Vistage has great subject matter experts; so who better to consult on what the surprising election might mean for you and your business?   The After the Election-Impact and Advice” recap may come in handy as you go through your strategic planning process for 2017 and beyond.   Economist Brian Beaulieu and other experts brief you on what’s ahead.

The Myth of the High Achiever – In less than a month you may be making some New Year’s resolutions.  If your desired level of success and achievement eluded you this year, spend a few minutes with John Donahoe, former CEO of EBAY, who recently addressed the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  His Topic:  “The Myth of the High Achiever” in which he looks at how we trip ourselves up and fail to see all the options open to us.

You can read a brief overview of his talk and then if interested watch the video of his talk in which he states , “I’ve been the CEO of two companies. I’ve had four children, dual careers, a lot of experiences. You can’t bat .900 in life. All you’ve got to do is bat .350 and don’t be afraid to get in there and swing.”


Econ Recon: ‘House’ Calls – The recent spike in interest rates has led many to think that housing will suffer as a result.  Economist Brian Wesbury is NOT among them.  If you’re in the housing or mortgage business, or thinking about buying a home, Dr. Wesbury is making a different ‘call.’ Find out why he thinks “higher rates won’t crush housing.”