Monday, January 27, 2014

Obamacare has already made huge improvements in healthcare

Obamacare has benefits
Affordable Care Act 
While much of the media noise has died down recently, the Affordable Care Act has had more than its share of challenges lately. 

No one can forget the initial implementation nightmares, and how websites created so people could register for government healthcare often crashed.

While it’s easy to focus on the problems, it’s more important to acknowledge the monumental changes that have already taken place since the Bill was signed into law in 2010. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Amazon’s drone plan while cool could present public safety issues

Amazon delivery drone
Imagine being able to do all your holiday shopping without ever leaving the comfort of your own home, and then having it delivered to your doorstep within 30 minutes – or the same amount of time it takes for a pizza to arrive.

Or let’s say you remember at the last minute that it’s your wedding anniversary and you forgot to get your spouse a gift. There’s no need to worry. You can place an order online and within 30 minutes your problem will be solved, and you’ll be sleeping in your own bed as opposed to the couch.

During a recent 60 Minutes newsmagazine piece. founder Jeff Bezos spoke about a new technology they’re developing that would allow drones to deliver small packages to certain homes within 30 minutes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Aubrey Latham goes into the Post University history book

Aubrey Latham poses with Schuler and Garafalo after breaking the record
When Aubrey Latham tore her anterior cruciate ligament after her freshman basketball season she wasn’t sure if her dreams of continuing to play college basketball were over.

Not only did Aubrey persevere, she made Post University women’s basketball history Tuesday night by becoming its all-time leading scorer — surpassing Tracey Garafalo’s career record of 1,510 points.

When Aubrey scored her 14th point Tuesday, the game was stopped, and the capacity crowd at the Drubner Center erupted in a thunderous standing ovation. The feeling inside the gymnasium was electric.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top 6 reasons why internships matter

A college degree is important in attaining your career aspirations, but with increased competition for nearly every position out there it’s vital to do something to set yourself apart from everyone else.

That something different could very well be an internship, which provides you vital experience in your major that can differentiate you from the tens of thousands of college graduates across the country entering a flooded job market.

Today’s graduates also are competing with job candidates who have many years of experience and may be unemployed or looking for a career change. There has never been more competition for jobs.

Why do internships matter? Sixty-nine percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns in 2012. That number is on the increase compared to 2011.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Why mergers and acquisitions rarely work, but companies pursue them anyway

The fact that 50 to 70 percent of mergers fail to add any value to the companies involved begs the question: Why do senior management and stockholders pursue this course of action?

That very question led me to spend five years diligently examining the issues for my new book “M&A: How to Align Managerial Strategy to Post Transaction Value.”

As the director of graduate business programs for the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University and 27 years of experience in manufacturing in a number of marketing and finance positions, I believe analyzing why companies proceed with mergers and acquisitions is vitally important.