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A Balancing Act

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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 07.29.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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?

Are You Good Enough

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Reality is even more obvious when the two nations are measured by "ease of doing business," based on data compiled by The World Bank: the U.S. is ranked within the Top 10, but Ireland lags behind in 15th place.

Out of Office: You Need to Unplug to Recharge

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Ever since my geeky adolescence, I've loved to read. Reading enhances vocabulary, strengthens analytical thinking skills, improves focus and concentration, and leads to better writing.

Leaders Eat Last and Other Rules for Innovators

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

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.

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

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Millennials want to work for organizations that support and drive innovation, because to them it's a natural means to drive positive change. And they're not wrong.

Happy Ending

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

The increase in "distance learning" options, including so-called massive open online courses (MOOCs) is astonishing, and will be important for fostering required change in higher education.

What Would Michael Lewis Do? Let's Ask Him

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

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

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

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

The millennial preference for computer-generated financial services may not be the primary threat to the financial industry today, but it will be as this generation enters its prime investing years.

It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep That Matters

Jordan Waxman | Posted 05.18.2014 | Money
Jordan Waxman

With income and capital gains taxes on the rise, and interest rates as low as they are, it is more important than ever to achieve sufficient after-tax cash flow and keep the tax man at bay.