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Investing in Yourself… For the Business

August 4, 2022

Leadership August 4, 2022/Leadership These last few years, I have been extremely focused on taking Alliance to the next level. It’s been quite a journey, and it has reminded me that every business is only as strong as its foundations.   These organizational foundations boil down to a talented team, a healthy culture, and the…

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Responsibility, But Not Control?

July 29, 2022

Leadership July 29, 2022/Leadership A few times recently, I came across this saying called the serenity prayer. It goes “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”   This probably sounds a little out there for some…

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Are You Selecting or Electing?

July 1, 2022

Leadership July 1, 2022/Leadership You can tell a lot about companies by watching how they make decisions.    Clear, decisive, accountable leadership nearly always leads to better results, but over time, many organizations leave this behind.   In my decades of business experience, I have seen inside a lot of different companies. The bigger they…

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What Is A Real Estate Bear Market

June 27, 2022

Investment June 27, 2022/Investment We’re officially in a bear market now and a recession seems likely. A lot of people have been asking me what this means for real estate and how they should be investing.    Like all investors, I have been thinking a lot about current market conditions. We published a long form…

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Copycat Strategies Have An Expiration Date

June 24, 2022

Investment June 24, 2022/Investment If you have ever seen a bicycle race, you probably noticed the strange phenomenon known as the peloton. Most of the racers group together in a single big mass. Joining the group helps shield riders from the wind, but staying there also prevents them from winning.   This same concept exists…

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Are You Investing Or Gambling?

June 17, 2022

Investment June 17, 2022/Investment The current stock market sell-off has many investors asking themselves: Where will the bottom be?   At first glance, placing a bet on this might sound like gambling.   The line between gambling and investing can be fuzzy. In my view it depends more on the reasoning behind a bet than…

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Culture Can Be A Competitive Advantage

June 2, 2022

Leadership June 2, 2022/Leadership Some people say that “culture” is a made up idea. Or that it’s ambiguous and subjective.    I disagree.    Anyone who’s been involved with different organizations over their life knows that some environments inspire the best in them… and others less so.   I don’t pretend to be a management…

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What Will the Fed Do About Inflation?

June 2, 2022

Financial June 2, 2022/Financial The Fed is walking a razor’s edge between rising inflation and a potential recession. So-called fedologists have been working overtime trying to predict policy changes that will have a big impact going forward.   Inflation has been a problem for quite some time now and there are reasons to think it…

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War Has Lessons for Business

May 10, 2022

Leadership May 10, 2022/Leadership It’s been more than two months since the hot war between Ukraine and Russia began.    The outcome to date has been a great surprise to many. There are important lessons to be learned from what we are witnessing… for military leaders, of course… and also for business leaders.    There…

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Regulations Should be Simple, Consistent and Fair

March 16, 2022

Legal March 16, 2022/Legal The great economist Milton Friedman once said: the business of business is business.    It’s a zany one-liner that gets at something deeper, in particular on government regulation.    We see the best outcomes when governments limit themselves to setting clear, fair rules and enforcing them consistently. This approach is about…

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AI is a Tool, Not a Threat in Real Estate

March 16, 2022

Financial March 16, 2022/Financial   I often hear people say: data is the new oil.    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving into more and more areas of the economy, and the fuel for AI is data – and lots of it.   It’s incredible, and also a bit scary, to think about all the possibilities…

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

March 15, 2022

Financial March 15, 2022/Financial   The more things change, the more they stay the same.    The pandemic has accelerated companies’ shift into the digital age. We have picked up new technologies at a faster pace and we’ve proven that remote work can work. But the foundations of high performing teams are the same as…

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The Cure for High Prices

December 17, 2021

Investment December 17, 2021/Investment Warren Buffet once said price is what you pay, value is what you get. As prices rise in real estate and across the US economy, it helps to keep this in mind. The pandemic triggered a lot of changes in the economy. People are moving to new places, working in different…

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Technology is Accelerating Big Real Estate Trends

December 17, 2021

Investment December 17, 2021/Investment Location, location, and location. This cliche is as valid today as it was years ago. But over time, the value of a given location changes… predicting the future value is one key factor in real estate investing. For years, Alliance has been tracking population shifts toward high growth cities and suburbs,…

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Self Delusion Doesn’t Pay

December 17, 2021

Investment December 17, 2021/Investment People are not born great investors, business leaders, or even musicians. It’s a process of continuous learning, and honing of natural talent. A critical aspect of learning is honest self-assessment. It’s hard to repeat successes if you can’t identify what went right. Or avoid the same mistake twice, if you’re not…

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