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Our Forgotten Warriors.

April 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on Our Forgotten Warriors. · Uncategorized

This blog is written in three parts. The first part is the story of Logan Stark and his brothers in war while fighting in Afghanistan. Mr. Stark has created a powerfully gripping and emotional movie/video that is quite revealing. Please take the time to read what he’s written here and then watch the video. While […]

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Mass Man/Mass Culture

September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on Mass Man/Mass Culture · Uncategorized

On My Soap Box (Again) So, just what is going on in this great nation of ours?  Oh, sure, we have political, social and psychological issues galore going on.  We have technology moving at the speed of light.  We have wars being fought and religious battles abound.  But, let’s take a moment to stop and […]

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How Self-Serving Employees With Overly Inflated Views of Themselves Are Effecting Business

March 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on How Self-Serving Employees With Overly Inflated Views of Themselves Are Effecting Business · Uncategorized

Why Performance Reviews Are Now More Important to Do than Ever Before. The need for employers to provide its employees with sincere, honest, frank and truthful performance reviews has reached new heights due primarily to the past fifty years of our schools, government (California passed a law on the topic in the 1980s), psychologists and […]

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I’ll See You on the Dark Side of the Moon

January 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off on I’ll See You on the Dark Side of the Moon · Uncategorized

People lose it and go off on other people whenever they feel they have been disrespected. It’s been found to be the thing that literally sets us off. By going off, I send a strong signal to everyone in the area, to not even think about disrespecting me or doing me wrong, or else. It […]

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Occupy Wall Street and The French Revolution

October 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Occupy Wall Street and The French Revolution · Uncategorized

There are far too many similarities between the French Revolution and the current Occupy Wall Street Movement. The question remains, who will come forth as Robespierre?

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An Open Letter to the President

October 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on An Open Letter to the President · Uncategorized

Dear President Obama, Let’s set aside the Constitution and all the talk of what the Founding Fathers wanted, or didn’t want, or believed in or didn’t believe in and focus upon what this great country of ours is all about.  We are not a nation of nay-sayers.  We are not now and have never been […]

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Too Many Similarities Between Obama and Woodrow Wilson

October 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

This is a condensed version of Pestritto’s book on Woodrow Wilson, complete with comments by Jim Altfeld regarding the similarities between Wilson and Obama.

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Selling Our Souls to the Devil

August 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

According to Webster, Extortion is the act of getting money or other things by threats, misuse of authority, etc. It is also the legal offense committed by an official who extorts.  An Extortionist is someone who actually does these things. Based upon that definition, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, ranked by historians as the greatest president […]

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Wash a dog, brush a dog, comb a dog, it’s still a dog.

August 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

“We have tried spending money.  We have spent more money than we have ever spent before and it does not work.  And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong… somebody else can have my job.  I want to see this country prosperous.  I want to see people get a job.  I want […]

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Turning First Time Buyers Into Repeat Customers

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Turning First Time Buyers Into Repeat Customers · Uncategorized

Customer Satisfaction: One would normally assume that there is a positive correlation between customer satisfaction and customer buying behavior. We know that dissatisfaction comes from the difference between what we expect to occur and what actually happens. Yet, in spite of customers telling you that they are quite satisfied with your services, they often turn […]

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A Letter to My Goddaughter & Generation Y

April 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Letter to My Goddaughter & Generation Y · Uncategorized

Dear Kacee and Your Generation Y: You were born into Generation Y.  I was born into the Y Generation.  Big Difference.  You’re young and full of yourself, just as we were forty years ago.  We were just as ignorant, naïve and inexperienced as you are now.  Only the world we were born into was far […]

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Who’s Really In Charge of Your Business?

March 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Who’s Really In Charge of Your Business? · Uncategorized

The Founding Fathers of the US had something other than a pyramid in mind when it came to organizational structure.  They understood that such a structure promotes and encourages a top-down, micro-managed, controlling and persecution culture – something from which they were trying to escape.  As the antithesis of that mindset, they instead spoke of […]

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Living in an Alice in Wonderland World Part II

January 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Living in an Alice in Wonderland World Part II · Uncategorized

The CEO as the chief strategist, visionary and leader. “Leadership is not about sitting in your office and dreaming up strategy.  It is about touching your organization through values, personal presence and relationships.”  Jack Welch, Chairman, General Electric Co. There are both tactical and strategic ceo’s.  Whether the CEO is one or the other, s/he […]

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Living in an Alice In Wonderland World: Part 1

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Living in an Alice In Wonderland World: Part 1 · Uncategorized

By Jim Altfeld Nearly fifty years ago, Bob Dylan sang “The Times They Are a Changing”. Only, no one, not even Bob Dylan could have anticipated just how powerful, long term  and constant that change would be.  Today, change happens so fast, so dramatically and at such a dramatic rate that many are predicting that […]

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Becoming Who You Are

November 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

And Other Not So Trivial Matters By Jim Altfeld I can’t think of anything much sadder than the words Schopenhauer spoke when he said, It is bad today and every day will get worse until the worst of all happens. Tied closely to that are the words of the faithful pessimists who believe in an […]

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Talent Is Available, So Start Thinking NOW About Top Grading

October 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Talent Is Available, So Start Thinking NOW About Top Grading · Uncategorized

TOPGRADING BEGINS AND ENDS WITH YOUR COMPANY’S CULTURE. By Jim Altfeld First and foremost, no company can attract and retain top talent if the company’s culture is going to grind them down, eat them up and spit them out. For example, authoritarian, tightly controlled companies need not bother looking for top talent because they will […]

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Higher Education Will Never Be the Same

September 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Higher Education Will Never Be the Same · Uncategorized

I have been literally blown away by the amount of on line courses and learning resources available via the Internet.  And what’s really wonderful is that it is EXPLODING!!  Here’s a list of those I’ve uncovered, so far!  Enjoy!! http://education-portal.com/articles/Universities_with_the_Best_Free_Online_Courses.html http://www.youtubeedu.com http://www.itunesu.com http://p2pu.org http://www.inigral.com http://www.learnoutloud.com http://www.edufire.com http://www.ocwconsortium.org http://www.flatworldknowledge.com http://www.wgu.edu

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Great Leadership Defined According to Jim Altfeld

September 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Leadership is the ability to establish and manage a creative climate where continuous improvement, teamwork, accountability and a commitment to the customer are fostered and rewarded; where people are self-motivated toward the successful achievement of long term, constructive  goals in an environment of mutual respect that is compatible with their personal values. The Break Down: Ability The know-how, […]

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You Want to Listen Effectively? Here’s What It’s Going to Take

August 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on You Want to Listen Effectively? Here’s What It’s Going to Take · Uncategorized

The average person can speak at the rate of 160 to 200 words per minute. The average mind is capable of processing at least four or five times as many words in that same period of time. What significance does this have when it comes to listening? Plenty!! It means that our thinking can get […]

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Lean Purchasing and What It Can Mean to You and Your Company

August 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lean Purchasing and What It Can Mean to You and Your Company · Uncategorized

As a national average, 60% of the cost to manufacture is attributable to purchased materials.  If the purchasing function controls over 60% of the costs in a product, then resources and talent must be focused on this function if the business is to stay healthy. What should be emphasized is the establishment of business relationships […]

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The Entrepreneurial Employee: Part II

August 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Entrepreneurial Employee™ By Jim Altfeld Part II Premise: First and foremost, The Entrepreneurial Employee ain’t you! What is meant by that is that the Entrepreneurial Employee may often “think” about leaving and striking out on their own, but they won’t. Why? Because as was stated in Part I, they lack the following: A. The […]

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Just What in the Hell is This Leadership Stuff All About??

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Just What in the Hell is This Leadership Stuff All About?? · Uncategorized

With the economy continuing to struggle, the onus increasingly falls on the leadership of companies for their survival. The fact is that “leadership” – which includes providing answers, direction and vision for the business – can no longer come from only one or two individuals such as the CEO, president or executive council. It must […]

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Ray Kroc Had It Right: It’s All About the Systems & Processes

July 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Ray Kroc Had It Right: It’s All About the Systems & Processes · Uncategorized

Note: All companies need to be horizontally integrated with each department interdependent. It is not about trapping the customer within any department, it is about horizontal flow. And only by understanding how your current systems and processes actually work within your company can you ever improve upon them to make them more effective and efficient.

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Built to Last or Built to Die?

July 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Built to Last or Built to Die? · Uncategorized

Some Poignant Words From the Late Peter Drucker “An organization that is not capable of perpetuating itself has failed. An organization, therefore has to provide today the men who can run it tomorrow. It has to renew its human capital. It should steadily upgrade its human resources. The next generation should take for granted that […]

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The Entrepreneurial Employee™ Defined

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Jim Altfeld Before we can begin to define the Entrepreneurial Employee™, we must first define what an entrepreneur is.  Kind of like the blind men and the elephant, people see, feel and touch various segments of entrepreneur-ism and come up with their own definitions and ideas based upon whichever part or parts they become […]

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