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Why Frank Underwood is an American hero

Eric Garland Culture 2 Comments

I am poised on the edge of my seat as the final days tick down to the release of the third season of Netflix’s blockbuster series House of Cards. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright have given us some of the most brilliant archetypes of American power we’ve ever seen, and definitely the most brilliant acting that can be acquired on …

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There are only two kinds of businesses

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There are two kinds of businesses in today’s economy. The first kind creates value slowly, over long periods of time. The owners build it based on values of both personal and financial integrity. They see the people working in and with the business as a great investment, not as a cost to be slashed. Profitability is required for the larger …

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The End of Guitar Center

Eric Garland Retail 372 Comments

This is an obituary for Guitar Center, a chain of big box musical instrument stores that was captured and infected by private equity during a national trend of greed and reckless expansionism in the late-1990s and early-2000s. The company started as a Los Angeles organ store, became a successful purveyor of guitars after the Beatles arrived in the United States, …

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Here are 3 energy trends that show this isn’t a New Normal

Eric Garland Energy 1 Comment

A lot of pundits have been spiking the football that Peak Oil was a big hoax, the US is back "exporting petroleum" again, and that things are back to a New Normal. Well, these three energy trends show that things aren't as normal as we were led to believe. This is just how many new oil rigs are being used ...
The Competitive Futures Podcast

Relaunching the Competitive Futures Podcast

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I’m excited to relaunch The Competitive Futures Podcast after a hiatus of a couple years. Hey, podcasting became a thing again and my carpal tunnel thanks you, Internet! I'll be covering future trends and management techniques for how to use them in business strategy. Our first two episodes are with Dr. John Bordeaux on the future of knowledge management. Episode ...