advertisement advertisement So Delta and Northwest merge, and Arby’s is buyingWendy’s. JPMorgan bails out BearStearns and a Brazilian sugar company has purchased ExxonMobil. It’s hard to say what theadvantages to the consumer will be. In the first case, perhaps more leg room in the waiting area (which iswhere we spend most of our time during flying now anyway), in the second, maybechili with roast beef gravy. Butthe main point here is that one group of people, having seen another group ofpeople failing and troubled, swallows up that other group of people in thehopes that, together, they can operate more efficiently. Well, if this doesn’t point up a missedopportunity to the American family, I don’t know what does. It is time for Life to finally step upand merge aggressively with Work. A hostile takeover, if need be. Money is a language the work-obsessed understand. Raising enough for Life to … [Read more...] about Work/Life: What If They Paid Us To Be Less Busy?
On the evening of January 6, Admiral Mike Mullen got into his armored SUV and girded himself for the last meeting of his day. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been up since well before dawn — he’d gone to the gym at 4:30 that morning. A bad cold was making him feel as if his head were stuffed with gauze. And his aides? Slave drivers! He’d wanted to cancel his appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, but he had done that once before, and they thought it would be bad form to back out again. So he’d flown up to New York, done the show, and survived gaffe-free. Now it was time for dinner. advertisement advertisement The nation’s top military officer drove to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Upper East Side town house. It was not the chairman’s usual crowd. For one thing, the collective net worth of the gathered guests can safely be estimated as in the gajillions. Mullen’s 2009 salary of $220,734.36 was … [Read more...] about How America’s Top Military Officer Uses Business to Boost National Security