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If you know anything about child psychology, you know that children are all ego all the time. To a child, attention is a zero-sum game. The more you get, the better your chance of survival. Which means you’d better make yourself as visible as possible and grab all the attention[...] Read On

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When you hear about student loan debt you probably imagine reasonably career-oriented young people getting reasonable loans to obtain reasonable degrees in marketable fields from reasonable lending institutions that expect to be paid back in full in a reasonable amount of time. What you don’t imagine is the federal government[...] Read On

The post U.S. Student Loan Crisis Is Way Worse Than You Think appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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My irreverent and occasionally insightful observations on the news of the day, FWIW: Ross Perot was Trump Before Trump was Trump Ross Perot – who died this week at 89 – was not just the most successful independent presidential candidate in our lifetimes, he was also remarkably prescient. The billionaire[...] Read On

The post Thoughts on Ross Perot, Megan Rapinoe, Sir Kim Darroch and Art Laffer appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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AI. Smart machines. Smart everything. It’s all I hear about. In reality, machines aren’t nearly as smart as the media hype makes them out to be. Take robot vacuums. Everything you read about makes it sound like they take all the hassle out of house cleaning. Just buy them, download[...] Read On

The post The ‘Smart’ Robot Revolution Is Vastly Overhyped appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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“Well, I’m heading out there,” I said, with more than a little trepidation. “You sound like you’re gonna die or something,” said Kim. “You’re just weed whacking you know.” “It’s those biting flies,” I said, “Once I start sweating, they eat me alive.” “Try not to sweat,” said Kim. “You’re[...] Read On

The post Life Would Be Boring Without Enemies appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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This is one of my favorite times of year. Not because summer is finally here but because this is when all the bird couples that live around here suddenly have little ones hanging around. New families of California quail, wild turkeys and ducks are all over the place. The thing[...] Read On

The post We Have a Great Nation, and We Have Great Work to Do appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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Lately, I’ve been hearing the same complaint over and over: Companies big and small are having a tough time finding job candidates with skills we used to take for granted. They can’t seem to find workers with basic common sense and work ethic. Never mind employees who are motivated to[...] Read On

The post The Trouble With America’s Growing ‘Soft Skills’ Gap appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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The notion that startups and closely held companies are far more nimble and less bureaucratic than large corporations may make logical sense. But in the real world, that’s far more myth than reality. I was recently talking to an executive about some issues at her company. “It’s hard to believe[...] Read On

The post When It Comes to Company Performance, Size Doesn’t Matter appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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What do you suppose inspires so many career-minded young people to take on ginormous student loan debt to obtain useless liberal arts degrees that haven’t been in demand since resumes were printed on typewriters? And where are their doting, or maybe the more accurate word is coddling, parents in all[...] Read On

The post The Evils of Liberal Arts Degrees and Student Loan Debt appeared first on Steve Tobak.

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It’s hell to live with someone who can’t stand his job. Seriously. It’s hard to watch anyone you care about spiral down into the depths of despair and apathy. To make matters worse there really isn’t much you can do about it. People have to make their own choices. You’d[...] Read On

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