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5 common mistakes companies make in hiring

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In our April issue, we'll have an in-depth look at the workforce crisis and how companies are finding creative solutions to the labor shortage in the boating industry. As part of that article, I talked to Neal Harrell, the president of Brooks Marine Group, an executive and management recruiting firm for the marine industry. One of the biggest problems for ...

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What’s business friendly depends on your business

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When President Trump signed an executive order last week rolling back some clean water rules it was alternatively praised and criticized. Fishing and hunting groups and businesses warned of potential damage to the nation's ecosystem. Others including farmers and home builders cheered the change. I often hear from people working in the industry that they want to see more "business ...

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Where trade changes could have the most impact

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So I found this series of maps fascinating. There's been plenty of talk lately about imports, exports, tariffs and possible trade wars as the new administration lays out its approach to trade. Depending what side of the political spectrum we're hearing from, it's either bold action to save U.S. jobs or the fast lane to economic devastation. Regardless, this analysis ...

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In the age of Trump, think before you post

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So I understand that while I was in Dusseldorf, there was a controversy of some sort around the new president? With that in mind, it brings to mind something I've written about for years, but is worth repeating again. If anything, it is more important than ever before: think long and hard about your social media policy these days. I ...

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A final dispatch from Dusseldorf

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Boot Dusseldorf continues through January 29, but Monday was my last day as I’ll begin my 14-hour journey back home Tuesday. The biggest takeaway from the show is the scope and organization of the show. It was a huge undertaking, with more than 1,800 exhibitors spread across 2.3 million square feet. I managed to at least walk through all 16 ...

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Boot 2017: Water sports take center stage

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It's been another packed day here at Boot Dusseldorf. The halls were even busier today (Sunday) than yesterday as it seems to be the family day here at the show -- lots of people with kids today. That's always good news. Just like back home in the States, Europe is facing the same problem of getting younger people into boating. ...

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A Boating Industry editor in Dusseldorf

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Greetings from across the ocean. I'll be covering the Boot Dusseldorf show this week, so keep an eye out for info here on BoatingIndustry.com, as well as our Facebook page. This is my first trip to Germany, so should be an interesting experience. The show kicks off tomorrow morning, but I took some time to get acclimated today, walking around ...

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Caddyshack yacht is for sale

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Remember that famous scene in Caddyshack when Rodney Dangerfield crashes his yacht into Ted McKnight's sailboat? Go ahead and watch the video below. I'll wait a minute. The yacht, a 60-foot, 1979 Striker (dubbed "Seafood" in the film) is now on the market, the Washington Post reports. The boat apparently needs some work, including a new paint job, an interior ...

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Busyness is the new status symbol

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Everyone seems busier these days. Since the Great Recession, employees and owners have had to take on more work to get the job done. Everyone is doing more with less. Now, in a recent article in Harvard Business Review, researchers argue that "busyness" has become a status symbol in America, more important than the "conspicuous consumption" of recent decades. Researchers ...

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