Category Archives: Self-improvement

A better life in time for Passover and Easter

“Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.”— Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, poet and literary critic

Retirement tips – diligence on our savings is the best advice:
This is a fascinating read on where we stand today and why you may need to change some attitudes … and allocations. This is Why You Are Diversifying Wrong
Have I mentioned fees lately? I should, and this article points out the most insidious ones hidden in your 401(k). Warning: You May be Handing Over $155,000 in 401(k) Fees
Since you are already now kicking around in your 401(k), take the time to ask these questions, too. Having been there for the birth of Ameriprise, it’s near and dear to me. Four Ways to De-Bug Your 401(k)

Leadership tips – behavioral changes that will make you a real leader:
I beat this drum as often as possible, open communication, accessibility, and an understandable strategy are keys winning long term. Employee Engagement and the Communicator’s Role
I loved the heart of this article, simple, to the point, worthwhile. The 5 Best Pieces of Advice Any New Leader Will Ever Get
Travel tips – a few minutes now can save you a lot of hassle on the road:
Thanks to modern security protocols, sometimes you make the gate well before your flight … try to catch that earlier flight. How to get on earlier flight without paying fee
If that fails, then you might be interested in this app. LoungeBuddy Airline Lounge Locator App

This week, something to ponder:
With the Iran nuclear framework announced, plenty will be written on both sides of this story. I happened across this one earlier today. Have you formed an opinion yet? Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran puts the world’s safety at risk
Just for a little added context, there are crazy guys like this running around. A Russian ‘Doctor of Military Sciences’ says Moscow should just nuke Yellowstone if tensions boil over

A high note for retirement savers from Treasury

Plus: a new way to think about negotiations, some better ways to think about retirement savings, and hope for the torture that is travel today.
Retirement Insight:
The Treasury Department fulfilled some of the promise of the Pension Reform Act this week by enabling deferred income annuities in 401(k) and IRA accounts, read about this, it is a big win Treasury Issues Final Rules Regarding Longevity Annuities and Treasury Allows Longevity Annuities in Retirement Plans

Self-improvement:
Much like the free app Lumosity, which I love because it has a variety of games to keep you engaged over time, these programs leverage the latest scientific knowledge to improve your memory and IQ, try them all How to Add 2.75 IQ Points per Hour of Training, Cambridge Brain Sciences, and Lumosity

Holiday Weekend Levity:
You may not like them all, but you are sure to like a few. Go ahead, have a laugh. 30 Smart Jokes You May Have to Think Twice About
Same idea, some goofy facts which you might find amusing. At least there will be a few that make you scratch your head. 52 Facts About Everyday Things That Will Change the Way You Look at Them Forever