We recently got a new kitten. Her name is T.C. (The Cat) and she is three months old. I may be biased, but she is pretty cute; she is also all kitten. It is like having a baby all over again (my kids are in high school and college, so it has been more than a couple of years since I have had to deal with this.)
This isn’t our first cat (my wife has continuously had a black cat since she was ten years old.) However, over time we forgot everything that we had to do to train a new pet. Fortunately for us, T.C. is a quick learner. Read more
Certain things in Iowa are predictable. I was reminded of this recently as the first major winter storm of the season was forecast. It was going to snow, most likely a lot. And, it was going to snow soon and often.
The television weather forecasters were positively giddy. They were like 5 year olds on Christmas morning. They couldn’t stop smiling while they made dire predictions about monumental snow falls and the ensuing delays and cancellations. The interns at the station were forced to stand on the side of the road as cars and trucks whizzed by spraying them with road residue as they reported on the storm’s impact. Programming was interrupted for the slightest weather related tidbit. Read more
Anniversaries are great reasons to celebrate. Anniversaries signify, among other things, relationships and commitment. There are all kinds of anniversaries: wedding (what most people think of first), employment, graduation, etc. Anniversaries are as important to companies as they are to people.
January is the tenth anniversary of the acquisition of BCI Group by the Principal Financial Group®. This acquisition greatly expanded the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) capabilities of The Principal® and has led to growth in capabilities and the number of ESOPs engaged.
The traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin or aluminum (which is much more affordable than the contemporary tenth anniversary gift of diamond jewelry). It represents the flexibility and durability of the relationship. Tin and aluminum can bend without being broken.
I was recently interviewed by Warren S. Hersch for an article on www.lifehealthpro.com. The interview looked at company and industry developments for Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). I would encourage you to spend a few minutes reading it. Click Here
For the record, the article is 976 words. I owe you 24 but will make it up in a future blog.
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In the iconic 1966 cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Grinch hates everything to do with the holiday season. He hates presents, trees, wreaths, ribbons, bows and even roast beast. He devises an ingenious, and infamous, plot to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville.
Imagine how he would react if he had to return gifts post-holiday. Imagine him standing in line and having to deal with stringent return policies. Imagine the noise, noise, noise if he didn’t have a receipt. You can practically hear Boris Karloff (for those of you too young to remember him think of a more classic Jim Carrey) sighing about the holiday persecution.
The good news – the Grinch isn’t likely to get many gifts (at least prior to his transformation) and can therefore avoid this whole messy process. Read more
I won’t ask for names, but I imagine a few of you recognize 555-2368 as the phone number for Ghostbusters.
This iconic 1984 film features three paranormal scientists, Drs. Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) as they trap ghosts in New York City.
Their signature line: who you gonna call?
I imagine that some of you are asking that same question as you contemplate an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for your company. Read more
I am not looking forward to the first few weeks of January. The weather in Iowa is less than ideal (no bathing suits needed), but after 40+ years I have gotten used to it. What I haven’t gotten used to are the long lines at the health club. Exuberant, well-intentioned masses flood the facilities determined to lose weight and get fit–confident that they will defy the odds and actually keep their New Year’s resolution.
The majority of people will lose steam after a week or two and the lines will gradually disappear. In fact, losing weight and getting fit is the most commonly broken New Year’s resolution. Don’t break that resolution? How about one of these others?
The top ten most broken resolutions are…