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My Boss is PMSing (Putting More Stress) on the Leadership Team

My friend, a senior executive heading the US subsidiary of a foreign company, has sent  another post following up one he shared with Oak & Apple Partners about a year ago.  He’s  updating his assessment of his situation and especially his … Continue reading

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Is Your Business IQ Lower Because of Financial Constraints?

Earlier today, an Associated Press/NYTimes article reported on a study published in the August 2013 issue of the journal Science, authors Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, and Jiaying Zhao reported that the poor show reduced cognitive capability (IQ) and are … Continue reading

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Nerves

Not too long ago the partners at Oak & Apple met to review client status. As we started the discussion, Bill, a scratch golfer, commented that in a recent tournament he hadn’t been able to settle down and play his … Continue reading

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In Coming! Crisis in the Oval (or Corner) Office

The headlines from Washington are filled with reports of multiple investigations of government agencies, from the State Department due to the Benghazi attack and Justice for the seizure of AP reporters’ phone logs to allegations the IRS targeted selected organizations. … Continue reading

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Republican Head, Democratic Heart, and Bad Law

My spouse aptly characterizes me as having a Republican head and Democratic heart; she means that I think analytically but can let my compassion for those less fortunate than us govern my decision-making (consider me a centrist).  But a recent measure introduced … Continue reading

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In God We Trust. But Should We?

Should we trust in the role of US dollars as the measure of corporate success, that is. If not to optimize return on investment, what is the role of private enterprise in society? Or, as some politicians suggest, should we … Continue reading

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My Boss Is an Idiot

My friend, a senior executive heading the US subsidiary of a foreign company, recently wrote me the following assessment of his current situation and especially his boss: I am an executive working in a leadership capacity for an international company … Continue reading

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Brand Crazy

People familiar with Oak & Apple know we emphasize the importance of developing a thorough brand strategy for companies and their sibling product lines. The basis for placing so heavy a burden on having a well defined brand strategy is … Continue reading

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