Most of us have begrudgingly figured out it's useless to worry about whether the economy is getting better or worse. Such high and mighty stuff is OK for Washington, but such information doesn't make much difference in Quincy, Mass., or Eagle Rock, Calif., or any place in between.
The owner of an engineering outfit says his people are "straight out." While that's good news, the economic temperature changes by location, industry and time of day.
Observation No. 2: Pick the title you want
There's a surge of fanciful job titles floating around, particularly on resumes, social media sites and business cards that change by the minute. Many use "creative" titles to impress prospective employers in an effort to gain a leg up in getting a job or elevating personal status.
But one title on LinkedIn stopped me: Visionary Entrepreneur & Enterprise Architect. There's a lot wrapped up in those four words. (The ampersand doesn't count.) It probably took time to think it up. Unfortunately, such words are high-level abstractions, such as love, generosity, dishonesty or countless other vacuous generalizations.
Observation No. 4: A lesson in disappointing customers.
A final step in getting Ford's house in order is revving up its struggling Lincoln division. Most everyone agrees it's long overdue, particularly since the Lincoln customer is disappearing.
There was a day when the Lincoln Continental owned the luxury market. As a kid, I was wild-eyed when our neighbor Mr. Andrews came home with a never-to-be-forgotten Continental. He was a quiet man, almost withdrawn and rather mysterious, at least as I saw him. He spent his free time tending to hundreds of prize pigeons.
Observation No. 5: Good news from Gap's logo fiasco.
It may be that Gap's management learned a valuable lesson from its recent logo fiasco. In an obvious way, the company may have discovered the value of doing it the right way when making certain changes, particularly something as sacred as a logo.
Even so, there's a far more important lesson in this incident for Gap and the rest of us. Gap is not alone in thinking that it's in business to sell clothes at a profit. Hopefully, those folks have learned that their real business is caring for their most valuable asset, the Gap community.