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Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/28/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 28th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: 41: Today I turn 41.  My first year in my 40's was awesome. It started with winning my first tennis tournament in 20+ years and ended with a  speculator lunar eclipse.  Can't wait to see what this year brings. What you Learn In Your 40's: In honor of officially entering my 40's I wanted to share this piece from the New York Times.  It is actually pretty insightful and one year in the 40's it is also true. (read) 13 Reason Your 40's Are you Best Decade: Ok this is awesome as I plunge into my 40's.  I also think it is true for 40's, 50's and 60's. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Who is the Most Presidential:
In a race where political outsiders seem to grow stronger every week, the question of whether Americans can envision a candidate as president is one area where experience seems to be a plus.  Check out the results of the latest Bloomberg poll(here) Is it the End of Republicans in the Suburbs:? The Pioneer Press takes a look at the the changing voting patterns of Twin Cities Suburbs.  "Twenty years ago, Republican legislative candidates averaged more than 60 percent of the vote in cities such as Edina, Eagan, Bloomington and Minnetonka, according to a Pioneer Press analysis. Over the past three elections, all of those cities have averaged majority support for Democrats." (more) Why Conservatives Were Wrong: House Speaker John Boehner's resignation comes after years of attempts by more conservative Republicans to topple him. Boehner, they argued, was a sellout, a weakling, unwilling to stand up to the Obama administration and force real spending cuts. But Boehner actually did more to reduce the size of the federal government than any other politician in recent memory. (read) Electoral Map: As readers know, the presidential election is decided by votes in each state.  Larry Sabato has an early look at the electoral map and also a good summary of all of the candidates. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Addressing the Achievement and Belief Gaps: Minneapolis School board member Tracine Asberry and MinnPost political reporter Beth Hawkins discussed the challenges that the achievement and belief gaps present to Twin Cities high schools on TPT Almanac.  A very interesting discussion. (watch)   The "Real ID" Problem in MN About to Get Real: If you haven't been follow the "real ID" issue in Minnesota this is a good background: "Minnesota is one of only four states across the country that has refused to implement the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, and the once far-off deadline of January 2016 is looming. Without an extension, more than 4 million Minnesotans could find themselves unable to board planes or even enter some federal buildings or military bases."  Find out what lawmakers plan to do. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 6 Several Minnesota Craft Brewers took part in the largest American craft beer competition last weekend in Denver, CO. Local brewers did well with 6 medals coming home to Minnesota. (read) $3.2 Trillion The amount Speaker Boehner cut from the Federal Budget. (read) 2033 The next time we will see the superman lunar eclipse.  Hope you saw it last night. 16.314.67 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 70 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/21/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 21st, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: 50 States Walk Into a Bar: Author Jason Stevens describes all 50 states if the were real people in the bar.  He nails Minnesota, among other states.  This is worth the read.  It will brighten your Monday.  (read) Life Advice From Those Over 60: So what advice would those over 60 give to people half their age?  This is a good list no matter how old you are, or how successful you have become.  I have implemented a lot of these, but there is room for improvement. (read) 6 Lessons Bill Gates Teaches Us About Leadership: Entrepreneur magazine has an interesting piece Bill Gates and lessons he can teach leaders of any organizations. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Fiorina Rises, Trump Falls In Latest Poll:
CNN released its latest poll and it show Trump still with a lead although he has dropped 8 percentage points. (read) The Trump Insult Generator: Want to learn how to insult people just like Donald Trump? Well there is an app for that.  Check it out.(here) The Best Political Editorial?: Keep it short.  That is how you earn the distinction of  "the best political editorial in newspaper history, probably."   It was one word.  (read) Another Donald Interview.  This Time he Interviews Hillary Clinton: Last week I posted the video of Jimmy Fallon, as Donald Trump interviewing the real Trump.  This week Fallon, as the Donald, interviews Hillary Clinton.  Of course it is HUGE. (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Why Some Educators Are Upset About Minnesota's Accountability System: Minnpost's Beth Hawkins is doing some of the best reporting on Minnesota's educational system.  This is another great piece: "Four years after its launch, Minnesota’s homegrown school accountability system is under increasing fire from a growing number of educators and policymakers for failing to accurately and fairly reflect all students’ academic growth." (more) Hung Over? Ran A Marathon? Thirsty?  Hydration Therapy Can Help: The Star Tribune had a nice feature on Rouen Group Client Hydrate MN.  They are the first Hydration therapy company in the market.  Find out what all the buzz is about (here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 6'3 That is height of Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, the two tallest candidates in the GOP Presidential race.  Heights of candidates was among the most googled things after the GOP debate.  Here are all of the candidate by height (read) 4,086,760 The total number of Syrian refugees according to the UN. A majority of those are kids under 17. 23.1 Million The number of viewers for the CNN GOP Presidential debate.  It was the most watched program in the history of CNN. (read) 16.384.58 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 60 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 9/14/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: September 14th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: 30 Sweaters Worth of Wool: What happens when a sheep gets lost in Australia for 5-6 years?  A lot of wool.  Check out the amazing story (here) 5 Strategy Questions Every Leaders Should Ask: This is a great article from the Harvard Business Review. There is something in here for leaders of any organization. (read) Uff-da: According to Slate.com if every state had their own word, Minnesota's would be Uff-da.  That made me think of this Rod Grams ad from 2000.(watch) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Not Happy With How Your Candidate Is Doing in the Polls:
Check out this piece in the Washington Post about who was winning the Presidential race at this time 4, 8 and 12 years ago.  Here is a hint, none of the won. Jesse Is BACK: Former Governor Jesse Ventura sat down with the Star Tribune and hinted at running for VP with Donald Trump, maybe running himself or even running again for governor of Minnesota.  Do not be so quick to dismiss the idea says Professor Larry Jacobs: “This is Jesse Ventura time,” Jacobs said, noting that both major parties are being challenged from the outside by Trump and Bernie Sanders, the independent who is running for the Democratic Party nomination." (read) The Donald Interviews Himself: Only Jimmy Fallon could out Trump Trump.  Before his interview with Jimmy Fallon, Donald J. Trump interviews his "reflection" in the mirror.  You should watch, it is HUGE. (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Twin Cities Business Leaders Are America's Finest: Bill George has a piece in the Star Tribune about all of the great business leaders in Minnesota.  There is even a shout out to our friends at the Minnesota Business Partnership.  George writes: "Minneapolis-St. Paul has been blessed with the finest business leaders in the nation. They are ethical, mission-driven, values-centered and committed to building both their companies and our community..." (more) The Future of Taxis: Check out this "Sunday Conversation" Interview featuring Waleed Sonbol of Blue and White Taxi in Minneapolis.  I have gotten to know Waleed well after working with him and his companies for the last year.  He shares innovative ideas to keep growing the taxi industry in the face of new competition. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 60 NBA great Moses Malone, died Sunday at the age of 60. 110 The number of assaults that have occurred on the light rail in just the last 10 months. (read) 8 8 Twin Cities Restaurants were named among the top100 in America. (read) 9:20 That is the time the Vikings kick-off the 2015 season. Uff-da. 16.443.00 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 200 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.
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