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Do The Scary Stuff

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

"Do the uncomfortable." This advice came from my mentor at my first "career" job--the man who taught me to be a lawyer. Only he never actually spoke ...

Transparency is Not Enough: Why the Financial Industry Must Embrace Accountability

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Back in 2013, I called out the financial services industry for being less transparent than the tobacco industry based on a report about the conflicts ...

Get the Hell Out(side)

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 02.22.2017 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

In addition to their health benefits, the common theme of these activities is that they demand dedication over time to achieve real growth.

Dyslexia: Learning Disability or Entrepreneurial Advantage?

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 01.19.2017 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Having dyslexia doesn't mean you can't learn or be successful, but you may have to go about it a little differently.

Why Your Financial Wellness Matters as Much as Your Health

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 12.16.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Crossfit, Fitbits, "organic," "gluten-free," "artisanal," "hand-crafted," "farm-to-table" -- we can't get enough! Next year, the health and fitness craze will spread from the gym and the grocery store to our wallets and investment portfolios.

When the Questions Matter More Than the Answers

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 11.12.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

The "rear-view" perspective is hard, but very useful. When HighTower was a young startup, we challenged ourselves to approach strategy and decision-making through the lens of an established, successful firm many years in the future looking backwards.

Why The SEC Should Be More Like The FDA

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Too many financial products, promising too much, come to market every day. Investors deserve to be protected by an SEC that takes our financial health as seriously as the FDA takes our physical health.

Why I Don't Really Care Where You Went to School

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 09.05.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

We all know which schools are the "good ones." If you went to one, good for you. Good grades don't predict success.

A Balancing Act

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 08.11.2016 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

The challenge is that we are human beings, and typically tend to repeat what we are accustomed to with a far greater degree of comfort; we will "stick" to what we know -- good, bad, or indifferent.

Pioneering Isn't Pretty

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.29.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

When you're launching a business that challenges the status quo, there are no referees, no time-outs, no RULES, and no guarantee that someone will "win." You experience excitement felt only by intrepid adventurers doing something for the first time. You're not playing a game; you're pioneering.

State of Financial Services: Everyone Wins When We Combine High-Touch with High-Tech

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Financial services (my industry) is on the verge of a renaissance: a resurgence of sophisticated human thought, service and guidance supported by unprecedented technological innovation.

Sorry to Burst Your Bubble, But You're About to See How the Real World Works

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 05.14.2016 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Before you set out, a word of advice. Get a clue of what you're really up against. Go get experiences that will highlight the unfiltered, brutal realities of the world. Here's how.


Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

There is a need to strike a fine balance between what is a trending new form of employment and the potential continued weaknesses of an economic system. Underemployment, in this respect, is a risk as much as it is an opportunity.

Fail to Quickly Prune Toxic Relationships

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

In business, many entrepreneurs and leaders are hardwired for optimism, but hope is not a strategy. Endings are necessary. There's a reason people don't spend their whole careers at one job, or stay close with childhood friends.

Quitting Isn't All About You

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

In today's world of rampant narcissism and short attention spans, poise and grace are increasingly rare. Don't be the jerk that storms out of the office waving your middle finger. Make your last impression a good one. It will follow you for the rest of your life.

Sympathy Is for Corporate Wimps

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Empathy, often incorrectly used as a synonym for sympathy, may be the better response in corporate life, which increasingly calls for more authenticity. In fact, empathy is considered to be one of the most valuable things taught at acclaimed Harvard Business School these days.

Embrace Your Passion and the People Who Challenge You

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Many people are so free with advice, but often, they have either no experience or basis for giving advice. No one likes BS, yet it seems to be many advice-givers' favorite ingredient.

A Foolproof Financial Outlook

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

There is hardly an industry that will pay so much attention to detail in preparing a yearly outlook as the world of finance; no, not a review of events and accomplishments, but a set of predictions.

The First Ninety Days: Part 2 of the Interview Is Just Beginning

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

As a new hire, the process of proving your worth is just beginning. The most successful new hires are the ones who exhibit certain traits and behaviors in their first three months on the job.

Happiness: The Holiday Edition

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Most of today's society is focused on the maximization of output and respective consumption. We have replaced true happiness related to accomplishment and shared experiences with rather questionable metrics of 'consumptive joy.'

Year-End Wealth Planning Checklist

Jordan Waxman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Jordan Waxman

With so few hours in the day, I often find myself making a list, checking off my "to-do's," and then making another. Our clients' lives are also busy, and so I like to send checklists from time to time to keep planning and investments on track.

It's Not Personal, It's Business

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

"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.

The Handheld American Dream

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

We are currently witnessing an exciting "rebranding" of the American Dream, back to its roots of liberty and sharing of ideals, instead of the accumulation of possessions.

Great Company Required

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

It is evidently a no-brainer, and yet a broadly misunderstood concept: Happy employees make better companies, and better companies (should) make more money. However, translating this formula into reality is an entirely different conversation.

'Tuition... Freeze!'

Jordan Waxman | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Jordan Waxman

Could it be that the cost of operating a university -- technology, wages and infrastructure -- is rising at triple the rate of other technology, wages and infrastructure simply by being inside an institution of higher learning?