February 16, 2014 |
You want to sell your house. What must you do first? Call Uncle Joe, an excellent plumber and avid HGTV fan, to get his opinion on your house's value. Surf the Web for the names of three Realtors. Choose one who will list your home at the highest price, with assurances that he'll keep it there if you insist. Do your homework on which questions you should ask a Realtor. Then call a non-invested professional, such as your accountant or financial adviser, for three names. And interview them.
January 6, 2014 |
Apropos of New Year's resolutions and fresh starts, maybe you've decided that this is the year that you are going to gear up your game at work. But how? We asked chief executives and top leaders of local businesses and nonprofits - people who have proved their ability to succeed. As a species, they're an interesting group, as we've discovered in our question-and-answer Leadership Agenda profiles published each Monday in The Inquirer. They work all the time, weekends, evenings.
December 20, 2013 |
IKE REESE, the former Eagles Pro Bowl special-teamer and now the smarter and better-looking half of WIP's "Mike & Ike Show," was talking the other day about Chip Kelly's decision not to kick the ball to the Vikings' dangerous kickoff returner, Cordarrelle Patterson, in the Birds' 48-30 loss last Sunday. On the Eagles' first five kickoffs, Kelly had Alex Henery go with shorter squib kicks and mortar kicks. Patterson never got a return opportunity, but the strategy gave the Vikings a short field.
December 19, 2013 |
You could almost hear the gears spinning in Jean Gyurics' mind. Most coaches love thinking and talking the game of basketball. And here was Gyurics rattling off, probably faster than she realized, all the different ways, sets and scenarios that could lead to success for her Winslow Township girls' team. Gyurics was practically salivating over the possibilities, and that's no surprise. But what's most impressive about her team - even more so than its uncommon athleticism - is that the players are thinking the game just as much as she is, and they're just as excited about the possibilities.
December 15, 2013 |
Although fuel prices have been on something of a plateau recently, people are realizing that they are trending upward. That's why surveys are showing that prospective auto buyers are attaching a higher priority to fuel economy. So, let's look at some of the ways you can save on fuel and some of the ways automakers are helping you to do that. First, things you can do: Avoid jackrabbit starts. Lead-foot departures are a great way to waste gas or diesel. Instead of jumping on the gas and then laying off as you reach the desired speed, get away with a moderate, steady throttle opening.
December 6, 2013 |
Vice President Biden was busy shuttling this week from Japan to China, trying to defuse tensions over a new air-defense zone that China has set up over disputed islands in the East China Sea. To many observers, it may have appeared that China had overreached by unilaterally declaring the zone, and that Beijing had to back down when the United States and Japan continued to send in military flights without filing the flight plans that China demanded....
October 30, 2013 |
PERHAPS I'LL BE proved wrong, but I'm not sure Sixers fans are prepared to witness what they say they are ready to witness this season. If you read the comments on chat boards or listen to local sports-talk radio, a vast majority of fans say they want the Sixers to lose as many games as possible, thus setting themselves up to win the 2014 NBA lottery. "Tanking" - intentionally doing everything to be as bad as possible - is being called a good thing. "Together We Build" is the official rally cry the organization has put out there for 2013-14, but a more creative theme has become "Tankadelphia.
September 6, 2013 |
WHEN ASKED about his disagreement with Council President Darrell Clarke over Philly's school-funding crisis, Mayor Nutter often stresses that they really aren't that far apart. He rattles off a list of policy goals he shares with Clarke and he questions why people focus on their differences. The mayor has a point: On many fronts, he and Clarke are on the same page: Both want a new school-funding formula for the state, both want Harrisburg to enable a city tax on cigarettes, and both want to split new sales-tax revenue 50/50 between Philly's schools and its pension fund.
September 3, 2013 |
On Labor Day - and every day - everyone wants a raise. So on Thursday, fast-food workers in Wilmington and around the nation went on strike for $15-an-hour pay. A week ago, advocates gathered in New Jersey to rally in support of passing the state's minimum-wage referendum. And on Monday, Labor Day, Philadelphia skycaps will march in the city's Labor Day parade after restaurant workers dish out ice cream, both promoting a push for higher wages. These campaigns also provide a glimpse of what is either labor's future strategy, or its back-to-the-future strategy, at a time when unions are increasingly marginalized.