Category Archives: News and Events

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The Ignored Warning

Equifax did not fix known problems with the shared security software it was using. Those problems were known in March. However, no one on the Equifax board or management team seemed concerned about index provider MSCI cautioning that Equifax was … Continue reading

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The Inspector General and the Cabinet Flights: The Honeymoon Issue

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has used military flights for private air travel to the tune of $800,000. One flight was a $15,000 trip to visit with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower in New York City. There was one additional flight … Continue reading

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“Equifax Board Weighs Clawbacks.”

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 30- Oct. 1, 2017, p. B3. Whoa, hold on there boys and girls on the board. Don’t get crazy on us! You would not want to rush into some kind of sanction for officers on watch … Continue reading

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“I’m not happy, O.K.?”

President Trump, when asked about the revelations regarding former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and his $400,000 in chartered travel. Mr. Price resigned the next day. Good for President Trump in putting the writing on the wall. … Continue reading

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When You Don’t Fire the Star — Pitino and Repeats

The Barometer asked her former college BB player father, upon Coach John Calipari’s Kentucky hiring, “Why would a school hire this guy?” Dad shrugged. The NCAA just seemed to circle the guy like buzzards — only he never died. Schools … Continue reading

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“Why do they keep doing the same things?”: Read the newspaper!

The Barometer was asked this question following a speech. Together my questioner and I noted all of the business executives and politicians who keep repeating the behaviors of others who have paid mightily (in fines and in the slammer). One … Continue reading

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Ole Miss: What Is Going On Down There?

Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) is under investigation for alleged recruiting violations in its football program. In August, the athletic director (Ross Bjork) had to have the full coaching staff sign a form acknowledging that “prepaid phones, pay as you … Continue reading

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“On Time” Does Not Mean the Same Thing for All Airlines, Until Now

United, Delta, and American appear to have remarkable records for on-time performance, ranking right up there in the 80% range, on average. Meanwhile, JetBlue and Southwest have numbers dipping down into the 60% range. Is there really that much difference … Continue reading

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In the This-Can’t-Be-Good-News-Department . . . Barclays’ Senior Compliance Officer Leaves

There is a continuing investigation into Barclays CEO James E. (Jes) Staley’s attempts to unmask a whistleblower who was critical of Mr. Staley’s hiring of longtime associate at his former bank (JP Morgan) for a top position at the bank. … Continue reading

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“The company is not criminal as a whole. Parts of the company engaged in criminal behavior.”

Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Muller, in an interview with William Boston of the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Boston’s reporting on the VW scandal has been stellar. Let’s contrast with the initial statements by then CEO Martin Winterkorn when the emissions falsification … Continue reading

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Why Do People Put This Stuff in Texts and E-Mails?

Here’s a safety tip: Just assume when you tweet, e-mail, chap snat, tumble, gram your instant, and anything else in cyberspace that folks will see it, resend it, and/or have it become the central focus of a presidential campaign or … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo: Wanted: A Little Leadership and Some Knowledge About Culture

Let’s recap. Wells Fargo has experienced the following events in the past 12 months: In September 2016, it uncovered 2.1 fake or unauthorized account set up by employees pursuant to a sales goal program (account reps were using fictitious names, … Continue reading

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The WSJ Remembers Journalism Matters

Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal sent an e-mail to the staff of the Journal on their coverage of President Trump. Mr. Baker described the coverage of the president’s trip to Phoenix as overly opinionated, … Continue reading

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“Do you have anything to say?”

Response to Herman Miller CEO, Max De Pree, from a young employee in Herman Miller’s research department when Mr. De Pree told him that he was thinking about writing a book on leadership and requested his help on editing. Now, … Continue reading

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