Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson


Boards make sense (and cents)

In the 1937 comic farce Topper, a young Cary Grant portrays George Kerby, a playboy attending the board meeting of his family’s bank.

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Are you ready to succeed?

I have the easiest job in the world. Perhaps “easy” is not the right word. After all, my work involves constant travel, detailed analysis, crushing deadlines, and enough pressure to make a pair of diamond stud earrings. But it’s still easy, in that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Love for sale — by the airline

I am a frequent flier. Usually a trip a week, with average distances of 700–1,000 miles flown. I am loyal, pay my bills, and keep my mouth shut. I would think that I would be a prized customer.

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Making the case for another stimulus package

In the aftermath of the 2008 Lehman collapse, most banks froze lending and, in fact, requested their money back. At one point, 74.5% of the banks said they were tightening their lending standards. This caused a full-blown banking crisis, in which money was leaving the economy at an alarming rate. In human terms, there was a lot of distress — after all, every dollar going to repay the bank’s call notice is a dollar that doesn’t go into the purchase of goods and services.

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Interim executives are in!

When you set yourself up in the holy orders of the advice-giving business, there are usually three types of engagements.

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