Month: September 2012

Figures Don't Lie But Liars Sure Can Figure

Of course figures don’t lie, they are inanimate, and they are what they are and only take on the meaning we ascribe to them.  But when I listen to politicians offering the same survey or research to support diametrically opposing points of view it makes me wonder just how valuable are statistics and the measures… Read more »


Will your business survive a natural or man-made disaster?  Statistically, four out of ten will not.  If you think it can’t happen here in Portland, think again.  The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 680-mile fault off the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It is capable of producing a 9.0 mega-quake.  Historically earthquakes along that fault occur on average… Read more »

The Story of Two Widows

Over the past two weeks I have met with two widows to discuss their economic future. Within 2 days of each other men I had known recently and long term died suddenly.  The two men were both about the same age; 59 and 61.  Both men were successful in business.  Both men were passionate about… Read more »