Executive Watch

Bid Back

Beware, hiring managers: counteroffers are making a comeback after falling out of favor during the recession.

Compensation Catch-Up

Last week the Labor Department reported that 321,000 jobs were added to the economy in November, driving down the unemployment rate to 5.8%. By itself, that's very impressive news on the recovery. But the more impressive news was that the robust gains were led by the professional and business services sector that fueled 86,000 new jobs.

Mozzarella Action

Over the past few months I have reported on the dramatic negative Omni-channel impact on the mall business.

Data Breach

Over the past year we have heard about major security breaches at Target, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase.

The Have-Mores

I reckon that a large proportion of the readers of this column are too young to remember “The Millionaire,” a TV show that premiered in 1955 and ran until 1961. The plot surrounded a guy who gave away a million dollars to people that he did not know.

Digital CEO

Once upon a time, a CEO was given a pass on tech-savvy knowledge and skills, rationalizing that he or she could hire the necessary talent to help navigate emerging and future technology, e-commerce and Omni-Channel trends. This is no longer true.

Don’t Forget the Spouse

It's time to take familial and spousal concerns seriously when trying to recruit.


How bad is the graying in the CRE workforce?

Small Boxes

With its changing strategy, Walmart underscores the new needs in the retail organization.

Ebola Drill

Now that ebola is on our shores, it's time to start approaching this like any other emergency.

The Lag-Effect

The good news is that recruiting activity has accelerated significantly over the past 12 months, and the trend is likely to continue.

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.


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