Q1 2013 has come to a close…

Week of March 25, 2013


Why Your Boss is Dumping Your Spouse

Sheepskins Compared

Why Your Emails Aren’t Opened

Econ Recon: The Sequester-If not now, when?

Why Your Boss is Dumping Your Spouse 

If there is an issue that is on the minds of both employers and employees this year it is the cost and coverage implications of the Affordable Care Act.  One aspect of this that has not received much attention is increasing the number of employers “carving out” or denying of coverage to spouses.   Employers save not only the premiums by doing this but the new  “covered life” fees that Obama Care imposes and which will increase over time..    As employer and/or employee you need to know more about this… so find out why your boss is dumping your spouse.

Sheepskins Compared

The US Department of Education has unveiled a new website.  “College Scorecard “ that allows you to screen out schools  on a number of different criteria, including  graduation rates, typical student debt, and student loan default rates.  This site does not yet have stats on how many grads land good jobs, but the loan default rate may be a good indicator of failure in this area.  The site also provides info on the school’s annual tuition, room and board  actual costs, which are usually less than those advertised.   If you have kids looking at college,  or already there and wonder if they made the right choice, check this site out today.

Why Your Emails Aren’t Opened

Everyone has two complaints about emails:  we get too many and we can’t get those we want to connect with to open the ones we send.     Vistage Speaker Tom Searcy  , whose presentations to our CEO groups on finding and closing the really big prospects is a perennial favorite of our members,  offers some sound yet easy to implement advice to make sure your message doesn’t  hit the trash bin with his recent Inc Magazine article “7 Ways to Ensure Your Emails Get Read.” 

Econ Recon: The Sequester-If not now, when? 

The Sunday news shows are focused on the sequester of government spending due to be imposed this Friday, March 1.  Will it be the disaster that one party warns of  or the non-event predicted by the other?    Vistage Staff Economist and ITR President Alan Beaulieu asks in his latest ITR Blog  “If the US Can’t Begin Serious Spending Reductions Now, When Will It?”  and warns CEOs that there is a new normal on GDP Growth that will not let us grow our way of this situation without some hard choices.

Economist Brian Wesbury also chimes in with a brief analysis that leads him to say Don’t Fear the Sequester.

Ed Stillman
Group Chairman
Vistage International
Austin Texas
(Mobile) 512.422.6232

Published by edstillman

I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?

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