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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Reinvention

As a lifelong baseball fan, it was a thrill to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, which broke the longtime record set by the immortal Babe Ruth. 1974 marked Aaron’s 20th season in the big leagues. It was also the year after Major League Baseball introduced the designated hitter (DH) rule in…

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Thinking About Success in Sochi and at Home

As I write this message, the XXII Olympic Winter Games are just getting underway in Sochi, Russia; as you read this, the games will have already concluded. You know which teams have been successful in their quest for Olympic Gold; I can only guess. There is a component of the Olympic Games however, that is…

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A 25 Year “Selfie”

It went viral in short order and was captured by all the major news organizations around the world. The smartphone self-portrait, or “selfie” as it’s being called, that President Barack Obama took with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at the South African memorial service for anti-apartheid leader and former…

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Seeing the Whole Picture

I recently had cause to stay a few days in suburban Chicago and visit with some of our franchise owners in the greater Chicago market. While there, I noticed similarities in two related but different settings, and I was struck by what they illustrated for DDIFO. In each case, it spoke to the success so…

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