Executive Watch

Seismic Changes

The Internet bubble of 2000 spawned a long list of online ventures that promised to redefine commercial and residential brokerage, replace the appraiser and level the playing field.

Insourcing

When the economy is strong and on a strong growth trajectory, companies bring critical functions in-house—as opposed to outsourcing—to enhance profitability.

A Serious National Crisis

Over the weekend I picked up the Wall Street Journal and read with interest a front page article that highlighted the SEC’s frustration with securities offerings and other public filings chock-full of poor grammar, faulty punctuation and generally a myriad of poor writing skills.

A Glass of Vino?

I expect that we’ll see some more action in the public markets focused on vineyard investments over the next couple of years as investors seek higher and diversified returns

Happy New Year

The buyer’s market that followed the great recession has given way to active hiring across the board, and I expect that this year, and clear through 2015, will continue a robust recruiting trend.

Old Habits Die Hard

The Daimler plan is aimed at putting an end to intrusions on family time, according to the company. Bravo Daimler, but old habits die hard.

Money in the Bank

We are increasingly in a “plug and play” employment market that does not accommodate the training of young talent.

Old Stuff

Our urban artifacts are treasures, and our young developers should focus on redevelopment of the “old stuff.”

Changing Landscape

Yesterday, Zillow and Trulia, the two portals that dominate the online residential listing space, announced their possible merger. Residential brokers are shuttering.

A Capitalist Tool

My sadness to see the Forbes family depart from control of Forbes was more sentimental than practical. Our economies are global, and Forbes’ list of the richest people on earth is increasingly global.

Young and Hungry

What’s the connection between Mario Götze and the young interns? Young and hungry. Hire an undergraduate intern next summer.

Steve Jobs Vs. Cuddly Tim

Apple is gearing up to launch a large-screen iPhone in the fall, a day late and dollar short. So much for creativity and innovation.

Second Banana

While supremacy comes with significant influence and authority, true power can be found in much more interesting places than the CEO's chair

Compensation Wake-Up Call

Put on your seat belts, CFOs, and up the ante on your compensation forecasts.

Java Books

Our federal, state, and local priorities misplaced when it comes to education, so we applaud Starbucks on its brave new initiative.