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Michael B. Laskoff
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Michael B. Laskoff is the CEO of AbilTo, which uses a unique approach to create a better alternative for millions of people seeking to overcome commonplace behavioral disorders and life transitions.

Prior to his current work, he co-founded The Branded Asset Management Group, which helped large marketers leverage untapped profit potential in existing brands and worked in senior marketing and strategy roles at Bertlesmann, McKinsey & Co., CompUSA, as well as a number of early ecommerce businesses. His first book, Landing on the Right Side of Your Ass dealt with managing job transition, which was also the subject of his BusinessWeek online column and frequent appearances on National Public Radio.

Laskoff is a graduate of Harvard Business School and University of Chicago.

Blog Entries by Michael B. Laskoff

It's Thanksgiving -- Frisk You

Posted November 23, 2010 | 15:46:20 (EST)

Note to the American public: there is no such thing as a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy. Perhaps there should be, but there isn't. If you didn't know that, don't feel too bad. Many people in the Tea Party aren't aware that there is a constitutional mandate separating church and...

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Steve Jobs, Franz Kafka & George Orwell Walk Into A Bar...

Posted September 19, 2010 | 09:18:17 (EST)

...And cook up the day that I had on Thursday.

For the record, I know that two of these men are actually dead, and yet they would have appreciated the positively dystopian day that was my Thursday. It all started innocently enough: I woke up in New York, remembered...

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Doing Better Than Barack

Posted July 31, 2010 | 20:11:12 (EST)

Recently, I feel transported back to the Clinton impeachment. You remember: a married man who received oral pleasure from someone other than his wife was caught lying about it to the Senate. At the time, America couldn't figure out whether the infidelity itself or the lying was worse; either way,...

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Reviewing The A Team (Not Really)

Posted June 5, 2010 | 18:21:13 (EST)

Spoiler Alert: I haven't seen A Team, The Movie and I don't intend to.

If you're really looking for a real review then you'll need to keep searching. But as long as you're here, take a moment to consider what the very existence of such a film says about...

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The Real Tea Party Movement -- Speaking The Language of Self-Interest

Posted April 18, 2010 | 17:26:30 (EST)

The Tea Party movement mocks educated reactions to its ire, so I'd like to start with a folksy observation. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck. That duck can insist that it's something else -- say a patriotic, bald eagle --...

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10 Reasons To Believe That The World Actually Did End When Health Care Passed

Posted April 1, 2010 | 13:36:12 (EST)

If you listen to the god-fearing, unreconstructed defenders of American exceptionalism, then you already know that world ended when health care reform (however flawed) passed. But if you're like me, then you have likely been confused by the fact that life after the apocalypse seems very similar to the situation...

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ADHD Entrepreneurs

Posted March 31, 2010 | 15:14:38 (EST)

Starting a new business is ridiculously hard. In most instances, it ends in failure. So why would any sane individual set out on this sort of quixotic journey? Some will tell you it's for love or passion, but I think that people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do it...

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Practical Management Of An ADD Boss

Posted March 30, 2010 | 10:09:16 (EST)

I have ADD/ADHD, and I run a business. That's not a marriage made in heaven, but I use medication and have benefited from therapy. Thus, I can better control of the condition, but it's still there - making life more 'interesting' for me and those who work with me. Fortunately,...

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Nuclear ADD/ADHD - Israel, Iran & Relationships

Posted March 25, 2010 | 12:59:43 (EST)

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Gina Pera, wrote a book called Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? In this almost ridiculously comprehensive work: Gina provides a caravan full of information, advice and anecdotes on the subject of living with an ADHD partner, spouse...

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We Need a Bullhorn - The Mute Voice of Adult ADD/ADHD

Posted March 17, 2010 | 09:48:16 (EST)

Four to five percent (4-5%) of the adult population of America has ADHD. Even using the conservative figure, that's 12.4 million people - 50% more than everyone in New York City and twice the population of Switzerland. And yet, this rather large group is remarkable mostly for the...

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Hitting the ADD/ADHD Wall - Over and Over Again

Posted March 8, 2010 | 08:46:49 (EST)

Here's a simple question: how do I get all the way to being an adult without knowing that I have ADHD? I've been asking myself that since being diagnosed three years at the tender age of 39. Some of the answer has to do with a popular misconception: people with...

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Sex, Drugs & ADD/ADHD

Posted March 6, 2010 | 11:02:18 (EST)

Call it what you like - ADD, ADHD, AD/HD, Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This condition, by any name, gets the majority of its 'press' from in the public arena -- failure at school or work. But that's just its outward face. At...

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The Inconvenient Truth About ADHD at College

Posted February 20, 2010 | 08:59:22 (EST)

Watch the news or read the newspaper, and it's easy to conclude that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -- akaa Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) -- is nothing more than a conspiracy to stop children from being the rambunctious and normal little people that they naturally are. In this dystopian narrative,...

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Is Strattera Getting Too Easy To Prescribe For ADHD?

Posted February 13, 2010 | 15:38:33 (EST)

Generally, I only write about my ADHD when there's a news 'hook'. That's because I treat my ADHD with an amphetamine based medication called Vyvanse, made by Shire Pharmaceutical, that controls my symptoms to the point where the condition no longer dictates my life. Thus, I generally address the topic...

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Tea Time Etiquette 101 With Sarah Palin

Posted February 6, 2010 | 19:09:30 (EST)

I grew up in Maine: no French restaurants, no debutantes balls and no finishing schools. As a result, I still feel unsure of how to handle myself in situations requiring extreme etiquette. So I can only imagine just how daunting this weekend's Tea Party convention -- a for profit endeavor...

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The Dalai Lama Brings Back Obama's Mojo

Posted February 3, 2010 | 08:40:25 (EST)

Just over a year ago, dreams of Camelot Part Two overwhelmed the reality of a nascent Depression, two wars, surging unemployment, miserable standing in the world and the feeling that the country had lost its way. And while often uncredited, Obama has done a remarkably good job tackling the mess....

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Five Popular Delusions Castrating America

Posted January 22, 2010 | 07:14:06 (EST)

The following is purely bi-partisan in its vitriol, but the crystallizing moment occurred on Tuesday when a former nude model with a truck beat a boring, arrogant annointee of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. I don't blame the electorate for gagging on the Kennedy heir designate though I wish their disgust...

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Why China is Scarier Than Al Queda

Posted January 18, 2010 | 18:56:30 (EST)

Many people's nightmares are taken up entirely with dark, terrorist fantasies. As understandable as this may be, it's also irrational. Terrorism will continue, but the cost in human lives and economic destruction is relatively small in comparison to more traditional threats to national security. True, Al-Queda or another similarly nasty...

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The Apple Tablet: Light Bulb or Segway?

Posted January 18, 2010 | 16:12:10 (EST)

I'm typing this on a Mac, so I have a bias when I say that Steve Jobs is a genius, but I also have evidence: the original Mac, System X, iPod, iPhone and Pixar. And so it's predictable that I would join the other Apple-ites in rapt salivation over the...

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Up with Avatar: The Aughts & 2009 In Capitalist Perspective

Posted December 26, 2009 | 12:52:04 (EST)

As the year and the decade draw to a close, I find myself in a strangely optimistic mood. True, there are many reasons for pessimism -- war, global warming, a so-so health care bill, a potentially nuclear Iran, huge unemployment, etc. But over the past week, I have found reasons...

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