Executive Watch

Bathing Suits

As I was preparing to write this week’s column I began by focusing on the big news this weekend that “E-Tailers” online sales trumped brick and mortar malls.

Photo Opportunity

The digitalization of photography has wrought far reaching and seismic changes well beyond the demise of Kodak, and my favorite film, Kodachrome.


Who doesn't like a Slurpee? The frozen slushy drink that causes a serious eye freeze if you drink it too fast is going to get some competition for its real estate in your local 7-Eleven store.

Made Somewhere Else

Americans are sick and tired of “Made Somewhere Else.” Great products, made to the highest standard in America, by Americans, are what we need.

Hardly Software

Bricks-and-sticks moves by otherwise software and online giants signal the next level of a strategic plan, intersecting online and physical presences. But don't be fooled


Last week United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz suffered a heart attack and was placed on medical leave just five weeks after he was appointed to the Company’s highest office, replacing his predecessor who stepped down over a federal investigation.

Home Sweet Home

After the carnage of the “Great Recession,” who thought the homebuilding industry would ever recover from forecasts that there was a 20-year oversupply of inventory?

Vacation, the “American-Way”

A “discretionary time-off” policy isn’t a bad idea, but it flies in the face of the reality that Americans are reluctant to take vacation at all.

City By the Bay

Today, the Urban Land Institute Fall meeting gets into full swing in San Francisco. The ULI is expecting a record turnout, as it should.

Spin Co

The IRS recently threw a big, wet towel on a long list of REIT spinouts that are being evaluated, and putting a number of high-profile IPOs in jeopardy.

A Good Night’s Sleep

President Obama will be in town for a couple of days to address the Assembly, but it looks like he will have to find a new place to sleep.


With much hoopla, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Association cut the ribbon on the expansion of the NYC subway system. It's a small triumph in an otherwise troubled national infrastructure scene.

Not So Happy New Year

For the last decade I have trumpeted ushering in of the new business year the day after Labor Day. I revel in observing that the rhythm of business tracks the seasons, and after the lazy days of summer business reignites and gears-up for a marathon to the following July when the business cycle wains into what used to be a slumber. Not so this year!

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

For those of you who chronically wait to read the current edition of the Executive Watch, you may have an issue with effective time management, or so the Wall Street Journal reported in today’s edition. In other words, why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.

Chinese Checkers

By my count, over the course of the past 40 years there have been six major seismic shocks that put the financial markets, and then the economy into a tail spin, with the “great recession” of 2008 being the granddaddy of them all.