Category: Business Strategies and Planning

Map of the Hourly Wage by State

As of January 1, 2020, the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  There are numerous states that have set their minimum wages higher than the Federal minimum wage.  See the map below for your state’s minimum wage. An employer of tipped employees is only required to pay that employee $2.13 per hour in direct…
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The “Feckless Business”

The “Feckless Business” is a business that is managed irresponsibly and lacks initiative.  Or another way of putting it, a business that has no budget or strategic plan and just exists day to day with ownership and management dealing with problems of their own making.   It is easy being a “Feckless Business” with no…
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Chart of Federal Tax Receipts as a Percent of GDP from 1929 to 2020

Tax season may have you questioning if the Federal tax burden increasing or decreasing. The chart shows aggregate U.S. Federal tax receipts as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Apart from the large increase during World War II, otherwise there is no real trend. The US uses a progressive income tax rate:  As a…
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Defensive or Explanatory Management Style

Management styles can either be defensive or explanatory of their position(s) or action(s).   A defensive management style is authoritative, where management has no desire or time to listen to other people’s input on ideas related to a topic or strategic direction.  Often defensive management styles are the result of leadership having no real idea…
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Chart of Miles Traveled by Passengers in Car, Airplane and Train

At the onset of the pandemic, many consumers cancelled personal and business travel plans.   Teleconferencing replaced business travel and social gatherings.  Between February and May 2020, train and airplane travel declined 96 percent and 91 percent, respectively, while travel by car declined 27 percent. The increase in traveling by car since April 2020 reflects the…
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Willful Blindness

“Willful Blindness” in a business is the conscious act of avoiding the truth, which gives credence to the knowledge of an issue in question, but never resolving the issue. Willful blindness can be at any level of management or on any type of business issue that needs to be addressed and resolved. A business’s willful…
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What Is The Path Forward Into 2021?

What is the path forward into 2021? A strategic plan will make the journey into 2021 easier.

Business Drift

“Business Drift” is a perpetual problem with any business, big or small, in any industry.  In the food and distillery industry it is called “Flavor Drift”.  In business, “Drift” is the act of slowly drifting away from the core business.  This can either be intentional or unintentional.   Businesses that avoid “Drift” are emphatic about…
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Chart of Housing Starts and 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate from July 1974 to July 2020

Monetary policy affects interest rates, which affect mortgages, which affect decisions in the housing market. The red line in the graph is the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (right axis) from July 1974 to July 2020. The blue line in the graph is the ratio of housing starts built by contractors over housing starts built by…
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The Difference Between a Business Recovery and Business Growth

There are numerous businesses starting to reopen and recover from the past months of slow or no business.  Sales are starting to rise as customers are starting a buy again, both of which are great signs for a business recovery and business growth.  Now let us talk about the difference between a business’s recovery and…
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