Friday Bytes

There has been much written this week in the aftermath of the heinous shootings in Tuscon last weekend.  Many of us ask where morality has gone in this country?  Where is the leadership? Well-respected columnist Peggy Noonan has some thoughts on leadership and the new generation here.

With the end of the football season coming near the musical chairs of NFL coaches is in full swing.  I’ve always marveled at how anxious franchises are willing to spend several millions on a coach after only one interview.  Much of the time this is done in defense of losing the candidate to the next highest bidder.  Perhaps all executives should be under contract so we could have a free for all at the end of the year.  Just a thought.

On Tuesday Illinois passed a massive tax increase to help the state dig out of a $13 billion deficit.  Many states around the country have cut back essential services to the bone with more cuts on the horizon.  You can bet legislators from around the country will be keeping a close eye on this one as they contemplate the next move for their own deficit-ridden states.

A new book is out you may enjoy.  It is called The Third Miracle: An Ordinary Man, a Medical Mystery, and a Trial of Faith. It is a story about miracles, the Vatican and the notion of sainthood.  A fascinating read.  The author Bill Briggs is an in-law of mine.  He kicked off his book tour at the Tattered Cover Wednesday night in Denver.  Check it out.

I have to mention the CU Buffs men’s basketball team that last night beat their second consecutive ranked team (Missouri and Kansas State) for the first time in their history.  First year coach Tad Boyle has the Buffs off to a 13-4 record and 2-0 in the Big 12.  Next up – Oklahoma State on Saturday.

And finally, we’ve all wondered about cultural differences in raising children and their impact in the classroom  Apparently, practice means perfect.  This is a fantastic article that you need to read.

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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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