The Gotcha’s Have It–Business Fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has published its 2016 Global Fraud Study. You can review the entire study at http://www.acfe.com/rttn2016/costs.aspx. In the meantime, I’ve included a few highlights for you to ponder: “Typical organization loses 5% of annual revenues to fraud.” Given our daily fight for margin, this is a staggering, but not new, figure. Controls matter. Organizations without fraud controls such as proactive …

Words Matter–Weekend Musing

This morning I’m embracing my “nerdiness” while flipping actual pages of a book titled, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus. Are there are a few of you who appreciate a little stream of consciousness related to words? We shall see. Solicitude (noun)—state of being anxious or concerned. The rhythmic nature of the four syllable word is evident as you repeat the word three times. You can almost hear …

Beef: Farm to Fork. Where’s the Farm?

News – The U.S. will be importing raw beef from Brazil, just months after Congress eliminated labeling requirement regarding the beef’s origin and processing. The USDA announced this month that U.S. will be exporting beef to Brazil. In fact, the more significant part of the story is that Brazil will now be exporting raw beef to the United States. We were already importing cooked corn …

Service with a Smile…Or Refusal to Serve?

Given the news headlines, do you want to just shut off the noise?  I know I do. However, ignoring an issue is rarely the right answer. And, for the people that are the subject of the headline, they have no way to escape life’s challenges. A few headlines, sometimes getting lost in all the terror and political speak, require additional consideration and perhaps action. In …

Recruit & Retain – Go Dallas!

Recruiting and retention problems are not new. Even the Dallas Police Department faced recruiting and retention issues over the past year. And then, on July 7th, five officers (four from DPD and one from DART) were killed, and  nine other officers were injured in an ambush. Few of us would be surprised if recruiting became more difficult following such an event. But Texans rose to …

Need more class? Try teaching!

Teacher wages, and the demand for teachers, are on the rise according to a recent article by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are a few random tidbits from the article: Secondary school teachers earn an average of $57,200 The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program allows for cancellation of up to $17,500 in federal student loans if you teach for 5 years in a low-income community. …

Paid Family Leave–What is Affordable?

Recently while reading a post on the Department of Labor’s blog from a new father employed by Microsoft, I was thrilled to learn of the birth of a healthy baby with parents fortunate enough to work for profitable employers with good benefits. Love that good news! I don’t know Matt, but as an employee of Microsoft, Matt received paid family leave. And, his wife returned …

Special Needs Employees Serve Ice Cream with a Smile

A variety of ice cream flavors in a fun environment with great customer service. Nothing all that unusual. But wait until you grace the door of Howdy Ice Cream Shop in Dallas. Tom Landis hires employees with special needs to serve you with a smile! What a great idea! Drop by the shop on Lovers Lane just east of the Toll Road and experience the …

Back the Blue–Dallas Police Department

Absolutely tough week across our nation with disturbing video in two incidents.  The facts and evidence will come to light. Please have faith in our justice system, have faith in one another, and support the families in pain. By now, you’ve heard the story of the dark night in Dallas. But you may not have heard Dallas police chief say that most days our officers …