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Elliot S. Weissbluth
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Mr. Weissbluth is the Chief Executive Officer of HighTower, a national, advisor-owned financial services company serving high net worth and institutional clients. Prior to co-founding HighTower, he was the President of US Fiduciary, a boutique broker-dealer, and Director of Marketing & Research at RogersCasey, one of the nation’s leading investment research and institutional Registered Investment Advisory firms. Mr. Weissbluth serves on a number of for profit and non-profit Boards, notably as a Trustee of Interlochen, Center for Performing Arts in Michigan.

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It's Not Personal, It's Business

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:43 PM

"It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business."

Sorry, Michael Corleone. You're wrong. And so are all the corporate phonies who cite this pseudo-proverb from The Godfather as an excuse to avoid taking a genuine and substantial interest in the people around them.

Too often, we gloss over the importance of...

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Starting a Business? Beg, Borrow and Take All the Free Stuff You Can Get

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Everyone loves a start-up story. The romantic notions of tenacity, drive and passion that fuel a company from a start-up to a successful, thriving business--seemingly overnight--are nothing short of inspiring. One of the media's favorite start-up plotlines is that of the wunderkind whose great idea attracts millions of dollars in...

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Out of Office: You Need to Unplug to Recharge

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Like most entrepreneurs, I'm "on the grid" most of the time, answering emails from my cell phone, texting, taking conference calls in the car, and so on. Building a business in today's world demands near-constant connectivity. But most of us catch a break at 35,000 feet.

When the FCC announced...

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Leaders Eat Last and Other Rules for Innovators

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:59 PM

I have no patience for charlatan CEOs who take undue credit for being "visionaries." But I admire great leaders, those who know their job isn't to bask in the spotlight, but to relentlessly drive growth and move their organizations forward.

Good leadership is critical to innovation. That's why I...

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If I Were 22: You Want to Change the World, Do You? Then Unlearn These 3 Things Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 7:35 PM

If you're 22 today, you're likely more concerned about making the world a better place than I was at your age. According to every recent poll, study and interview I've seen, today's 22-year-olds just care more than those of us who grew up on John Hughes films and the boom...

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What Would Michael Lewis Do? Let's Ask Him

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:12 PM

The language of finance is complicated. From the "turgid dialect" of Fedspeak to the rambling disclaimers on investment prospectuses, the industry embraces verbosity.

So when a New York Times best-selling author appears on 60 Minutes to declare that the stock market is "rigged," it stands in stark contrast to the...

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State of Financial Services: Embrace the Big Bang or Face Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 7:02 PM

The financial services industry is bracing for the impact of "big-bang" disruption much like music, journalism, publishing , travel and retail before it.

Financial advisors have traditionally spent a large portion of their time in quarterly meetings with clients, preparing financial plans, and providing thoughtful and personal investment advice --either...

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Ding! "Annoying Has Joined the Meeting."

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Let's face it: conference calls suck.

All jokes about corporate tedium aside, conference calls are not an effective means of communication. In theory, they allow people to collaborate efficiently from multiple locations. In reality, they actively work against human nature.

Anywhere from 55 to 93 percent of all communication is...

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Productivity Hacks: I Empty My Inbox Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Google says there are 145 million tricks and tips for transforming your email into a productivity powerhouse. That's one suggestion for every 1,000 emails sent worldwide every day.

Email is unidirectional -- anyone, at any time, can just go to your inbox without permission, invitation or consideration. Empowering the world...

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Authenticity Goes Viral

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 7:28 PM

In the year ahead, "authenticity" will reign supreme. An old idea whose time has come, "real" is the new benchmark for everything we buy, build and recommend.

You see it already in the food industry where "small-batch," "craft," and "artisanal" products are gaining ground on the merely "organic." Farm-to-table foodies...

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The Tobacco Industry Is More Transparent Than Finance, And It's Time to Change That

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 7:39 PM

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the modern cigarette, it's time to reflect on corporate accountability and maybe get some answers.

Despite numerous attempts by smokers and their families to prove otherwise, the CEO of a cigarette company has never been held liable for a smoker's lung cancer. Why?...

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The Financial Crisis Through The Eyes of the Millennials

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:16 PM

The slackers are inheriting the earth and that may save us all.

They are not lazy or stupid, and they won't blindly buy into the same bunkum the boomers were sold. The "greed is good" mentality got us into this mess anyway. The Millennial's eyes are wide open, watchful and...

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The New Era of Competition on Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Consumers benefit from the competition between companies. This force drives better products, pricing and service because consumers have unprecedented resources to research and choose what's best for them. Given this access, more and more people care about the service quality and the provider trustworthiness. If you are a "good outfit"...

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