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John Agno
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Truth flows from universal law, not personal views.
Interests: As a former corporate executive, business owner and management consultant, Agno understands that in the business world, we don't speak much about the heart. Yet, since all businesses are ultimately people serving people, our life's work should come from the heart. Long after your products or services have been delivered, the feelings and knowledge shared during the business relationship remain. Coach Agno believes that people need connection, belonging and meaningful contribution. They need to know that their life and work matter. Many people find that personal or career transformation is an excellent time to better understand their life's work and direction.
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"...for grasping the relationship between work and the rest of life." Stew Friedman Everyone has an opinion on work/life balance. Anne-Marie Slaughter's famous "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" article to Marissa Mayer's revoking of Yahoo's work-at-home policy to... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED® Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating green buildings—from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly 500,000-square-foot facility, which opened... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
In this article, Elliott Wave International's Jeffrey Kennedy demonstrates ways to spot trading opportunities across any market and timeframe. By Elliott Wave International Elliott Wave International's Senior Analyst Jeffrey Kennedy is the editor of our Elliott Wave Trader's Classroom and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ask, Know, Do
Interest rates, oil prices, earnings, GDP, wars, terrorist attacks, inflation, monetary policy, etc. -- NONE have a reliable effect on the stock market By Elliott Wave International You may remember that during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many called into question... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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Most who fall into the Millennial/Gen Y demographic grew up hearing their helicopter parents tell them over and over that they are special, that they could be anything they wanted to be. And they tried to help them by praising... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
A new report released earlier this month shows that the Koch brothers have aired a staggering 43,900 television ads so far in this election. You read that right: 43,900 ads. On top of that, we just learned that Koch-connected groups... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ask, Know, Do
Elliott Wave International's Chief Market Analyst Steve Hochberg recently traveled to the San Francisco Money Show to present his outlook on the major U.S. markets to a packed workshop of subscribers and other Elliott-minded investors. "Extreme opinions, shared widely, constitute... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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Performance reviews enter the feedback stage once a year with a lot of fanfare. It takes a bow, and in one big show it acknowledges a year's worth of work performance--good or bad. There's a lot of preparation time invested... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
See how trendlines help you manage risk in this real-world example from this free eBook By Elliott Wave International One of the best aspects of technical analysis is also its biggest drawback: Namely, there are far too many indicators to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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Most American workers are not aiming for the corner office, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Approximately one third (34 percent) of workers aspire to leadership positions, with only 7 percent aiming for senior or C-level management. By an 11... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
Three years ago Lisa Rudgers, Vice President for Communications and then U-M President Mary Sue Coleman wondered if they were doing all they could to leverage the block "M" brand and unify all nineteen schools which comprise the U-M. A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Ask, Know, Do
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A test, if multiple-choice, forces us to select the correct answer from a number of possibilities that also look plausible. Pretests provide an opportunity to see what vocabulary will be used in the coming lectures, what kinds of questions will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. For men, meanwhile, having a child... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Career Women Coaching
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Recent weeks brought the biggest confrontation with Moscow since the Cold War, a race riot, a new low in the popularity of President Obama and grisly beheadings at the hands of religious terrorists amidst a major re-escalation of the war... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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A majority of top-ranked women at companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index aren't in the kinds of operational jobs--think division heads of senior managers in charge of key product lines--that usually lead to the corner office. Rather, 55% of them are in functional roles--top lawyers, finance chiefs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Career Women Coaching
See how trendlines show you lasting price levels of risk-defining support in this real-world example from this free eBook By Elliott Wave International If financial market speculation were easy, then everyone would be well off -- and the legendary investor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), a single source of leadership and talent consulting services, is highlighting research that finds while women rate higher in overall competencies for senior leadership positions, they lack key career experiences that tend to give men an edge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
Interest rates, oil prices, earnings, GDP, wars, terrorist attacks, inflation, monetary policy, etc. -- NONE have a reliable effect on the stock market By Elliott Wave International You may remember that during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many called into question... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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ABOVE THE LINE OPEN CURIOUS COMMITTED TO LEARNING ___________________________________ BELOW THE LINE CLOSED DEFENSIVE COMMITTED TO BEING RIGHT The first mark of conscious leaders is self-awareness and the ability to tell themselves the truth. It matters far more that leaders... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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Knowing who you are and what you are meant to do gives you the energy to transform your life. By completing one or more confidential self assessments in the area of personal concern, you may discover a number of things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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As Baby Boomers age, student loan debt is likely to become a bigger problem. Some 4.7 million Americans in their fifties owe education debt, up from 2.3 million in 2005, and the total amount is three times as high as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips
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Intelligence, talent and experience are all vital qualities for leadership, but they're not enough. They don't make the difference between success and failure. It's commonplace for businesses, once successful, to go into a funk. They need a turnaround because the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
Market Leadership Happens When You Marry Technology with Marketing Art The development of xerography back in the early 1960's is a good example of the combination of product science and marketing art. Chester Carlson, a physicist and patent attorney, obtained a patent on xerography and searched for a way to commercialize it. He happened to be an attorney for a client of Battelle (a research organization in Columbus, OH) and sent a copy of the patent to them for review. Battelle was interested. For 55% of the patent rights, Battelle agreed to invest in the technology, with Battelle research making three technical improvements. However, it was the little Haloid Company (a market-oriented 100-employee company in Rochester, NY) that figured out how to commercialize this expensive and very-service-intensive machine ($15,000 cost). As a result, in 1963 the Xerox 914 was born. Joe Wilson, Haloid Company's president, is given the credit for the marketing leadership that led to the success of xerography -- "Lease the Xerox 914 copier for only $100 a month, but pay an additional penny per copy made on the machine." It was Haloid's addition of marketing "art" to Battelle's solid product "science" that created a winning product. The marketing-oriented Haloid Company changed its name to Xerox Corporation, and technically oriented Battelle received $350 million of Xerox stock.
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There has always been pressure on corporate leaders to perform well. Some have stretched and improved their competencies by learning more about themselves. Most have chosen to adopt best practices of those whom they respect to improve their own leadership... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
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A recession is coming. Are you prepared? The economy is still recovering from the recession of 2008 and 2009, with unemployment still at an astounding 7.6%. Unemployment spent the years prior to the last recession ranging from roughly 4% to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at So Baby Boomer: Life Tips