If you have been paying attention to politics, the economy, falling wages, student debt increases, climate change, or the myriad other problems facing the world over the past several decades, you may have detected that these situations are not improving.

The US obesity epidemic means that children dying before their parents may become common for the first time in modern history. Real wages have not increased in the US since the 1970s despite annual improvements in worker productivity. Rampant money printing by the Federal Reserve means a dollar is worth less than at any time in US history. Climate change…


Framing is a psychology term describing how context influences the perception of an issue, question, problem, or… person. For instance, in a trial, the prosecutor will describe a degenerate, low-life gambler who took to stealing food instead of getting a job and contributing to society. The defense attorney will re-frame the accused as a laid-off worker, down on his luck, stealing food to feed his children when not volunteering at his church. Guilt or innocence will usually be determined by which frame the jury prefers to see the man (aka bias).

In our personal lives, we have been similarly framed…


The Babbitt Family Foundation is proud to announce the second winner of the Gladiator Award: Bo Petterson! Through his actions and dedication, Mr. Petterson inspires those around him. We are pleased to share his story with you.

Bo Petterson has enjoyed three distinct career paths in his lifetime. To those, he adds a fourth: dad to tens of thousands of people. The path leading him to surrogate fatherhood began during his daughter Emily’s freshman year in college. During a September soccer game, Emily collided with another player, sustaining a severe head injury and causing her to topple unconscious to the…


The number one economic law you need to understand is the snowball effect. Several systems in economics have snowball effects. A snowball effect describes how a small ball of snow rolling downhill will incorporate additional snow as it rolls, becoming ever-larger. A fist-sized snowball at the top of a mountain emerges as a building-sized snowball at the bottom. The hard work happens at the beginning when building the snowball. Edgar Bronfman illustrated this when he declared, “to turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable.”

In the real world, we often observe the…


Mark Twain is attributed as having said, “it is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” I will start by asking you to do some challenging things. I am asking that first, you consider whether or not you can be fooled (hint: you can). The second request is more complicated. I ask that you consider whether or not you have been fooled and, if so, by whom? Should you be willing to take up this challenge, please read on. If you are not up to the challenge, what follows is sure to only anger…


The Babbitt Family Foundation is proud to announce the first winner of the Gladiator Award: Fevzi Uyar! Through his actions and dedication, Mr. Uyar inspires those around him. We are pleased to share his story with you.

Mr. Uyar, 71, retired from his career as a biology teacher after serving his community for 42 years. Over the past five years, he has cared for homeless dogs in his area, including building over 80 plywood houses for shelter during the winter months. He adds carpets, rugs, and blankets as insulation and to improve the dogs’ comfort. Mr. Uyar travels 150km every…


The truth about how to hire employees for a startup or even big corporations is that there’s not a list of set rules to guarantee you success. However, there are certain factors to consider when recruiting employees, whether they are Millennials or come from your inner family circle. We’ll discuss them below.

Do not hire people like you

Like attracts like, and the first small business hires tend to be a lot like the owner. Hiring “mini-me’s” is a mistake because you end up with group-think problems and a lack of new ideas. …


Anthony Babbitt, PhD(c), MS, a seasoned Change Management Consultant, Business Strategist, and Executive Mentor, shares his best tips for hiring employees.

How to hire employees for startup or organizations of any size?

The truth about how to hire employees for a startup or even big corporations is that there’s not a list of set rules to guarantee you success. However, there are certain factors to consider when recruiting employees, whether they are Millennials or come from your inner family circle. We’ll discuss them below.

Do not hire people like you

Like attracts like, and the first small business hires tend…


People seek from others those things which they do not believe they possess themselves. In the realm of emotions, this causes plenty of problems. People lacking self-respect find the respect they receive from others to be of the utmost importance. People lacking self-love will go to the earth’s ends to feel someone else’s love for them. Those who feel ugliest will work the hardest to become other’s ideas of beauty.

Sadly, these are all illusions. To illustrate this fact, I ask the reader to finish this paragraph and then take a moment to perform the activity described herein. Close your…


Anyone with an older sibling will instantly recognize the question in the title and remember their hand flailing unwillingly against their body. This memory is one of the best examples I give when trying to explain competition and cooperation to business leaders. Too often, they have established policies that result in self-inflicted wounds.

Many sales departments believe individual commissions are motivating, and they are correct. However, individual commissions foster competition between salespeople instead of cooperation. I have seen these result in the theft of sales credit, sabotage of other salespeople causing the business to lose sales, and outright fraud against…

Anthony Babbitt, PhD(c), MS

Change Management Consultant, Business Strategist, & Executive Mentor

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