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Rethinking recruiting

As a graduate of the public school system, I think I've done all right. But if I have one complaint, it's that my teachers and guidance counselors didn't spent any time helping me understand what school is supposed to prepare you for: work. Sure, they taught me the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. But they didn't help me imagine all ...

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A Public-Private Partnership — Safety of Life at Sea and Boat Dealers

VINCENT PICA, Division Commander, Division-18 (1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary There is a lot of talk these days out of Washington regarding "public-private" partnerships in solving the economic difficulties our economy is in. And it makes a lot of sense for government and business to work together to maximize the effect of programs and policies. There is another public-private ...

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Technology’s evil offspring

I had the unfortunate need to take my wife to the doctor the other day. The unfortunate part wasn’t necessarily that she had to go to the doctor; rather, it was the doctor’s decision to thrust technology into the center of the doctor-patient relationship. Maybe you’ve experienced this. You visit the doctor, she essentially interviews you regarding the symptoms and ...

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News you can use

There's a dinner tomorrow night for the Sea Ray Owners Club at a restaurant on a lake near Austin, Texas. No RSVP is necessary. Members just need to show up and a seat will be waiting for them, courtesy of Sail & Ski Center - a dealership based in Austin - and each table of Sea Ray owners will receive ...

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When will it end?

Of all the talk about this recession, there's one question, of course, that no one can really answer: When will it end? But the most important question to our businesses right now may be: Has it already ended? The answer to that, according to a news report I read last night, might surprise you. Some experts believe that our economy ...

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Plugging the leadership gap

In my last blog, I wrote about why it is particularly important that our industry's small businesses develop strong and effective succession plans. But the industry as a whole has its own succession problems, which become more urgent as the recession continues. As the boating business shrinks, the need for a new generation of leaders to point the way to ...

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Rethinking succession

My husband and I finally buckled down and had a legal will drawn up last January. That's not something I'm proud of. I'm well into my thirties, I've been married for almost 10 years, and I have a four-year-old son. You could argue that waiting so long was downright irresponsible. Unfortunately, I'm like a lot of people. You say "will," ...

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The Beige Book’s outlook

At the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo last November, Brunswick CEO Dusty McCoy said [and I'm paraphrasing here] that while many of the recessions the U.S. economy has endured in the past are V-shaped (the economy drops quickly, bottoms out, then rebounds steeply as well) he expects our current recession will be more U-shaped - meaning we won't experience that ...

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Pain = gain?

My four-year-old son broke his arm playing in the yard last week. While he was incredibly brave in the hours and days that followed, it has changed him. As the pain has receded, he's begun thinking out loud about how he'll avoid breaking something else, as have his father and I. We want him to go back to having fun ...

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Transforming challenge into opportunity

A month and a half ago, when I spoke at the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey annual conference, I touched on the growing number of marine businesses participating in social networking, as did the person who followed me, Sam Natello of Dot Com Design Studio. This is a subject that holds particular interest for me as our team has ...

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