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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.

Entries by Michael B. Laskoff

King v. Burwell: Is the Pen Mightier Than Common Sense?

(6) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Almost five years ago President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. However flawed this reform was -- oh, and it was -- the fact remains that millions more Americans have insurance today. That's a big deal. But why celebrate this achievement when you can mess with it...

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Proof! Happier and Healthier Heart Patients Generate Savings

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:57 PM

It's quite a thing to start a company like AbilTo and to be lucky enough to to see it grow and prosper. This is particularly the case because we are in the business of alleviating avoidable human suffering. It's unbelievably rewarding work and ridiculously challenging. The work itself is hard...

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8 Percent Optimistic After JPMorgan's Health Care Conference

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Just as most Americans use the new year as an opportunity to make resolutions, the health care industry uses the (in)famous JPMorgan Annual Healthcare Conference to announce its new resolve to confront the crisis in American health. And just as 92 percent of individuals turn out to be fickle in...

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The People We Forget to Give Thanks for

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:15 AM

If you want to understand the true origins of Thanksgiving, I suggest that you check out an excellent book called Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen. What you'll discover is that the origins of the holiday are not quite...

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Consumer Driven Health Care Is One Answer, Not the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:13 PM

The recent Ebola outbreak has led me think about how America can truly be an exceptional place for health care. As evidenced by nurse Nina Pham of Dallas, Texas (recently declared Ebola-free), we "do" heroic care better than anyone. But let's say that you're seriously ill with an equally serious...

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The Revolution In Health IT, Coming Really Soon

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:19 AM

September 15-19 marks Health IT week, a relatively new and largely unnoticed week in the healthcare calendar.

The revolution in health - the one coming 'really soon' - is meant to come to us via the imposing sounding Health Information Technology, also known as HIT. The simple idea mirrors...

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It's Thanksgiving -- Frisk You

(11) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 2:46 PM

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...

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2010 | 8:18 AM

...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

(69) Comments | Posted July 31, 2010 | 7:11 PM

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)

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 5:21 PM

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

(138) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 4:26 PM

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

(9) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 12:36 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 2:14 PM

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

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 9:09 AM

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

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 11:59 AM

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

(17) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 8:48 AM

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

(17) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 7:46 AM

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

(17) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 10:02 AM

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

(57) Comments | Posted February 20, 2010 | 7:59 AM

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?

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2010 | 2:38 PM

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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