Skating in a New Direction

Over the course of the past month or so, we’ve watched three of America’s major sports present All-Star games, where their sport’s premier players are recognized and fans can witness the best of the best competing for all-star bragging rights. Most of these contests fail to live up to the hype, but in one case,…

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A New Year’s Call to Action

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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Take Nothing for Granted

For those of you who are not football fans or are perhaps too young to remember Leon Lett and his embarrassment in Super Bowl XXVII (you can Google it for the particulars), the 2015 Track & Field World Championships held this summer in Beijing, China give an updated version of that important life lesson: keep…

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Protection from Winds of Uncertainty

We’re reading a lot about SEIU of late and the “Fight for $15” effort the union is orchestrating across the country. If you ask me, it’s nothing more than a member recruitment undertaking, but it is having significant impact across the economic landscape. The ranks of organized labor in general, and SEIU in particular, have…

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Flawed Thinking Behind the Fight for $15

I was glad to see that most of our Dunkin’ franchise owners made it through another round of “Fight for 15” protests a few weeks ago. We have seen quite the orchestration over the past year by SEIU and their activist friends. Of course, protests are nothing new in our democracy, nor is the willingness…

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Hollywood’s Version of Reality

In this day and age, no person should be paid less on the basis of their sex. If a woman does the same job as a man – and performs it at the same level – their compensation shouldn’t be determined by their gender. With that said, the actress Patricia Arquette’s comments about equal pay…

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A vision for DDIFO in 2015

Back in the 1980’s, I was running a real estate trade organization when housing costs were exploding, with no apparent end in sight. Even luxury housing was difficult to come by, and not what buyers were really looking for. As it always does, the market responded to the need, and gave us… McMansions! Today, Wikipedia…

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What Happens In Vegas…

It might be the most famous tag line in advertising history. It is still quoted extensively in a broad array of applications across the business, personal and social arenas and it inspired both an Usher song (“What Happens Here, Stays Here”) as well as several full length movies (The Hangover trilogy, What Happens in Vegas).…

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Blackjack for Your Business

I had planned to write a great article for this issue using the parable “Six Blind Men and an Elephant” to highlight how franchise owners from different regions within the Dunkin’ footprint may individually face different issues – development, price points, supply or something else – and how those issues can influence how they see…

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Caution: Storm Clouds Ahead!

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the greatest military operation ever attempted. Students of history know the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 involved over 130,000 Allied troops and is recognized as the turning point in winning WWII. What is less well known, however, is that the invasion was originally planned for…

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