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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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Government Strings Attached

December 17, 2021

Financial December 17, 2021/Financial   Recently I noticed an interesting policy innovation in the news. Some countries in Asia are experimenting with stimulus payments that have strings attached. It’s an interesting development, and I feel wary about it coming to America. The idea is to distribute digital cash that has an expiration date, or other…

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A Truly Impressive American Recovery

December 17, 2021

Investment December 17, 2021/Investment The pandemic is giving the United States a big stress test, and I think we’re passing, maybe even with flying colors. There is much to feel optimistic about. We still have problems, yes. The pandemic isn’t over yet. There are still many people without jobs, the nation has taken on a…

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Unicorns Aren’t Rare Anymore

December 17, 2021

Technology December 17, 2021/Technology   Technology is changing the world incredibly quickly. I’m excited to see where it takes us in the coming years. One fact that illustrates just how quickly technology is moving is the number of tech unicorns.  Not so many years ago, the term unicorn was coined to describe a privately held…

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Measure Twice, Hire Once

December 17, 2021

Leadership December 17, 2021/Leadership Businesses across the country are seeing surges of demand. America is increasingly open for business, and businesses are hiring. Today’s tight labor market means that many businesses are looking for whatever help they can get, because every week that goes by with an unfilled vacancy has a high cost in productivity.…

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There’s No Time Like the Present

December 17, 2021

Leadership December 17, 2021/Leadership Life is short, and best lived when enjoyed. For me, the pandemic was a reminder of this fact. There are no guarantees in life. And time spent worrying about the future, or vegging out on Netflix, is not time spent living in this moment. There’s an old saying that life is…

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A Growth Mindset Brings Out Your Best

December 17, 2021

Leadership December 17, 2021/Leadership Is an engineering degree the right degree? What is the best job out of college? These kinds of questions have come up more often in my life as my kids are all in or approaching college age. When people ask for my advice, I offer something different than what they typically…

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America is Still the Land of Optimism

December 17, 2021

Leadership December 17, 2021/Leadership The last few years have been turbulent. Even beyond the pandemic, our politics, culture, and economy are changing fast. While some people fear rapid change, I am convinced that our dynamism is amongst our greatest strengths. The pandemic has been painful. A lot of people lost their jobs, and a lot…

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A Pandemic Lesson for Business Leaders

December 17, 2021

Leadership December 17, 2021/Leadership Business leaders have earned their stripes. We’ve honed our business judgement through years of experience and wins. But exercising good judgement day-to-day requires more. It requires mental sharpness and vitality. Coming to each decision, and moment, with openness and a fresh mind. For me, and many others, personal habits help keep…

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