Mar 22, 2022

Prioritized to-do lists still powerful, relevant in business

I had a reader stop me the other day and pose the following question. “With all the new technology in the world, what did I believe was the most effective tool to increase one’s productivity, and efficiency?” After thinking about it for a moment, I asked him if he was familiar with the work of […]

Mar 15, 2022

Constellation Brands and Monster Beverage: M&A or alliance?

The talk of a merger (or an acquisition) involving Monster Beverage and Constellation Brands is once again circulating in business communities. Their initial announcement back in November 2021 was followed by several weeks of silence leading some to speculate that maybe this deal will not go through after all, perhaps due to one or both […]

Feb 11, 2022

Use ancient virtues to guide you as a leader

Recently, a politician was espousing that he believes in “traditional family values.” A friend who works for a large company was excited to tell me about his current leadership training and the company’s “core values.” I asked my friend what the difference was between traditional family values and corporate core values; he gave me a […]

Feb 1, 2022

Why we need to focus more on place-based policies

International trade theory teaches us that relative to no trade, free trade between nations makes them better off. Recent research tells us that the overall gains to the U.S. from trade with China are positive but small. Even so, trade with China has given rise to a significant economic shock involving massive job losses and […]

Jan 27, 2022

Employers must pay attention to needs of caregivers

Like many others, I am a working caregiver. But I’m also director of the New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition managed by Lifespan of Greater Rochester. So, if you are a business owner, a manager of people or if you are a caregiver trying to balance work and caregiving for someone you love, this […]

Jan 25, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Criticism of ‘Green Transition’

In the Dec. 31, 2021 issue Allen Blair’s article “Green Transition necessary for climate, beneficial for economy” is flawed. There are many experts who agree that much of the man-made climate hysteria is dubious, such as Dr. Patrick Michael; Dr. W. Soon; Steven Hayward of UC at Berkeley; Dr. Leslie Woodcock, formerly of NASA; environmentalist […]

Jan 24, 2022

Don’t underestimate the power of envy to cause problems

Last week I heard from an RBJ reader wondering if I thought greed was the motivation behind the U.S. financial meltdown of 2008 and in the frothy markets today, could it happen again? The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, was asked the same question at a Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. As many […]

Jan 4, 2022

Embrace the positives and possibilities of Greater Rochester

While there is a strong core of people who are “from” the greater Rochester area, it also seems to be a magnet for collecting life’s nomads.   I know a number of people, including myself, who ended up here one way or another. Not necessarily by design, mind you. But there is something about this area that […]

Dec 28, 2021

How to increase the uptake of EVs: Subsidize price or charging stations?

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that confronts humans today. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are collectively most responsible for the climate change problem. Therefore, national governments are thinking about how best to reduce the emissions of GHGs in their respective nations.   According to the World Resources Institute, globally, the transport sector is responsible […]

Dec 13, 2021

Defending against Title IX sexual misconduct charges: What students, parents need to know

Title IX charges are pursued aggressively by colleges and universities across the country. A Title IX allegation has the potential to ruin a student’s academic future and should not be taken lightly. Although these proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature, they actually afford students far fewer criminal rights than would be had in an actual criminal case. Students who[...]

Dec 7, 2021

New report raises important points for today’s youth

Generally speaking, the more education you receive, the higher your earnings. Years of data collection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics bear this out. 

Nov 30, 2021

Beware of the rise of the ‘expert class’

In 1922, “Public Opinion” was authored by American columnist and political philosopher, Walter Lippmann.