Category Archives: Fast Reads

Christmas in July

The average American family spends $ 749.51 on Christmas gifts. That’s a painful amount – it’s approximately 2% of the annual take-home income of an American family.

As I’m writing this, Christmas is five months away. For me, that means it’s time to start planning.

After all, if you know an event is coming in the next six months that will slurp down 2% of your family’s take-home money, you should start planning for it now rather than later.

Ingersoll Rand Invests in Women Leaders, Gets Results

Like many global companies, Ingersoll Rand had few women in the middle and senior management ranks of functions with profit-and-loss responsibility. In the EMEIA region, gender diversity was a particular challenge.


Center for Creative Leadership

Music for Free – Comparing Nine Free (and Legal) Online Music Options

Right now, there are a ton of legal ways to listen to music online for free. Sure, you can buy mp3s so that you have complete freedom in terms of when and where you want to listen, but if you just want a radio-like service with a bit of control, there are many free options online for listening.

Which one is best, though? It really depends on what you’re looking for. Over the past few months, I’ve tried out several services, each with a unique mix of pros and cons. I found all of the services here to have some unique merit, but each person will find one that clicks with them.

Note that the pros and cons of each service are current as of right now. The online music market changes pretty regularly, so these recommendations might not be precisely accurate a year down the road. However, if you’re listening for free, it’s pretty easy to switch services.

Why guess when your team has the answers?

Leaders can easily forget that the answers to common business questions can be found by asking employees, writes Mark Feldman -More

SmartBrief on Leadership

The Guide To Buying A New Home

It’s the American Dream, right? To own your own home, to put down roots and be responsible for your own little corner of the world. This is the case for most people, but if the 2008 financial crisis has taught us anything about home ownership, it’s that owning a home is not for everyone. Here are a few other facts about home ownership proven during this period:

  • Home values do not always go up.
  • If a lender says you don’t have to document your income, RUN!
  • Not everyone can, or should, own a home.
  • Your monthly payment isn’t the only cost of owning a home.

Despite this period, or maybe because of it, millions of people are confused about how to navigate the complex world of home ownership.

Major League Leadership: What We All Can Learn From Baseball

An interview with Howard Fero and Rebecca Herman, Authors of Lead Me Out to the Ballgame


Center for Creative Leadership

Twelve Inexpensive Strategies for Saving on Medical Costs and Improving Your Family’s Health

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the average American incurs $ 9,807.50 in medical expenses each year.

Let me repeat that: according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the average American incurs $ 9,807.50 in medical expenses each year.

That is an extremely heavy financial burden for anyone. While it’s obviously not evenly distributed – some people will have tremendous health care costs in a given year, while others will have only minimal costs – the financial burden of health care can strike anyone, and it can bring financial ruin.