What Will Work Look Like in a Post-Consumer Society?

From the beginning of the Industrial Age in the west, Europe and North America built their wealth thanks to a consumer society.  Consumers bought things, driving demand for more goods and providing jobs for more people.  People moved to urban centers where factories, then industrial parks, grew and grew.  The need for managers grew as more employees were hired; managers needed to be better educated than their direct reports, so the demand for college education increased.  The middle class grew.  … [Read more...]

Retreat Yourself

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Editor's note: Kate inspired us all to cultivate a long term vision at the July WIC monthly meeting.  In this blog, she offers specific guidance for doing this kind of long-term planning. Long-term planning.  We all know it’s important.  But for most of us, it’s the to-do that always slips to the bottom — or right off — the list! Since there is never enough time, why not pair planning with fun?  Retreat yourself! Time out One of my clients goes on a personal retreat twice a year for … [Read more...]

New Taxes for 2013: Paying for ObamaCare

Time for Taxes

In 2014, every person will be covered by affordable health care.  This will be provided by employers with more than 50 full-time employees or it will be provided by individuals having insurance on their own.  So how will the U.S. pay for this?  Through taxes…and it starts NOW!  There will be 2 main taxes charged to individuals who earn more than $200,000 per year.  Here is how it will work.    Additional Medicare Tax: In 2013 an additional .9% on person’s income: $250,000 … [Read more...]