Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

This one is recycled from 2009, but it’s just as relevant today as it was then. We’ve pretty much all been hit hard these last few months. If you have more time on your hands due to slower business or if you’re worried about spending any money whatsoever with times so tight, you’re not alone. But is it possible that you are over-scrutinizing your decisions to keep costs contained? Are you second-guessing yourself after having lost some faith in your abilities because of the economy? Any one of these alone could cause a mild case, but all taken together could…

COVID Stinks!

“You love herBut she loves himAnd he loves somebody elseYou just can’t win” Has anyone other than me noticed that the economic consequences of the COVID pandemic are just like J. Geils puts it in his iconic song, Love Stinks? As a small business owner who deals almost exclusively with other businesses, I’ve made an interesting observation… this COVID economic situation is full of disjointed extremes. On one hand, unemployment has skyrocketed to levels not previously seen in decades or longer. On the other hand, in speaking with people in various industries and reading the newspapers, there is a labor…

Waiting for the World to Change

The evening after I had to board up the windows of my printing company on North Charles Street in downtown Baltimore City because of the potential for some protesters to chuck bricks through my twelve plate glass windows, I watched Martin Scorsese’s seminal movie, Raging Bull. While most viewers in its 40-year history apparently found the picture plaudit-worthy, I was in the minority, not enjoying it at all (other than seeing DeNiro pack on 65 pounds!). It was disturbing and sad and infuriating. Why didn’t LaMotta’s two put-upon wives leave him, or leave him earlier, once they discovered he was…