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Affluent Investor | June 23, 2017

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Posts ByMark Elfstrand, Author at Affluent Investor

June 16, 2017 |

Is The Protestant Work Ethic Really Protestant?

“Wish we could turn back time to the good old days

When our momma sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out.”

Lyrics from Stressed Out, by TWENTY ØNE PILØTS

My very young grandchildren know the lyrics to this … Read More

May 26, 2017 |

How to Write a Job-Winning Resume

A friend of mine mentioned to me recently that he was updating his resume. While he sensed no immediate concern about his job, several items about his work life had changed. And he felt it would be good to be … Read More

May 12, 2017 |

6 Reasons Retail is Dying and 4 Ways to Bring it Back

In the 1960s they were considered the “Big Three.” In sales volume and in physical size, Macy’s, Hudson’s, and Marshall Field ruled the department store kingdom. One Hudson’s location had 25 stories and 16 of them sold goods. At … Read More

May 2, 2017 |

No Rhapsody in Blue at United Airlines

Most of us are familiar with the blue background and white globe logo on United planes. And we easily recognize their choice of a theme song, Rhapsody in Blue. In recent weeks, however, United has been singing the blues … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

Don’t Gloat Over Bill O’Reilly

On Friday, April 21st, we marked the five year remembrance of the passing of Chuck Colson. His was a remarkable life. After ascending to the heights of power while serving Richard Nixon in his White House years, Chuck’s world came … Read More

April 14, 2017 |

When and How to Talk About God in the Workplace

One of the best parts of my job is the privilege of sharing my faith. On my talk show. This fits well with the mission of our radio station. Several of my coworkers and I can readily discuss the … Read More

April 10, 2017 |

Good and Bad Job Interview Questions

Job interviews are generally stressful occasions. Like a first date, you may only get the proverbial one chance to make a good first impression. Of course, dating is different because both parties are likely to feel the same tension.

I’ve … Read More

March 30, 2017 |

Management by Walking About

The concept of MBWA became high profile as good management in the 1985 book, A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin. Don’t recognize it? The letters represent the phrase “Management by Walking About” or … Read More

March 23, 2017 |

‘The House Always Wins’ Means You Always Lose

“Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just … Read More

March 22, 2017 |

Time For Business to Outgrow Its Youth Obsession

Working with teenagers can be quite enlightening. And occasionally startling. I learned this in my 20s when I served in various roles as a youth director. On one occasion, we were traveling with some teens to an amusement park. … Read More

March 16, 2017 |

When the Boss is Your Friend

How well do you know your boss? How tight are you with him or her? Tight enough to write a profile for this person on a dating web site?

I hope alarm bells went off on that last question. … Read More

February 7, 2017 |

The One Question You Need in Your Customer Survey

One of my core challenges in life is details. Or as I would often describe them, minutiae—the small, precise, or trivial makeup of something. I never cared for building model airplanes. Puzzles with any more than 100 pieces turn … Read More

January 30, 2017 |

Should You Quit Your Job?

“I don’t want you to wake up at sixty-five and realize, ‘I just spent forty of my best years doing something that just funded my life.’” – Jon Acuff, from his bestselling book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Should Churches and Businesses Imitate “Competitors”?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” So says the famed expression best traced back to the early 19th century. Some paraphrased versions of that thought go back years before that.

A biography of Marcus Aurelius titled Emperor Marcus Antoninus: … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

A Worker’s Prayer

How do you start your work day? Better phrased, how do you prepare for your work day? It is relatively easy to conclude that the first hour or two of your day can set the tone for the rest … Read More

December 29, 2016 |

Master Mediator

Cable television has a fair share of advertisements for lawyers. Many of them encourage you to call if you’ve been injured or your prescribed medication has actually harmed you. Some of the firms seemingly fit the term, “ambulance chasers.”

A … Read More

December 21, 2016 |

How to Avoid Christmas Bonus Envy

I’m sure it generates for most workers a sense of “bonus envy.” You know, when you find out that some friends or family members received a healthy chunk of change at the end of the year. It’s often referred to … Read More

December 16, 2016 |

Charles Dickens on Child Poverty

Exactly what age is it wise for a child to first view Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol? The haunting images of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Ebenezer’s dreams may still be enough to create nightmares for … Read More

December 12, 2016 |

I’m Failing, and I [CAN] Get Up!

In October, I returned as the emcee of a dinner banquet for the Wayside Elgin ministry. The center has been a daytime intervention center for the homeless since 1993. The Elgin location is part of a much larger ministry based … Read More

November 30, 2016 |

Your Job is Not Your Identity

It’s been three years since I completed my previous “assignment” at Moody Radio. I’ve now completed two and half years in my new talk role at AM1160. I’ve come to view my work life through the “assignment” paradigm after … Read More

November 23, 2016 |

Jeremiah the Prophet’s Advice for the Trump Transition

The transition of a government with a new president is a remarkable process to watch. This past weekend, President-elect Trump slipped away to one of his several retreat locations to interview more candidates for jobs. The previous week those interviews … Read More

November 11, 2016 |

How Communication Can Grow or Destroy Business Relations

Surely you have heard the song, Getting to Know You. Here’s a quick reminder of a few of the lyrics.

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me.

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November 9, 2016 |

Integrity at the Top Means a Better Workplace for Everyone

What makes for a meaningful and happy existence in a workplace?Read More

November 8, 2016 |

My Kind of President

Today is election day. We have a unique privilege. Within most organizations—business and otherwise—you don’t get to vote on your leadership. At least the employees are not choosing the top brass.

In elections, however, voters actually choose who will be … Read More

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