Pass through or pass-through

Apostrophes, hyphens and dashes. Oh man.

The internet has made things better: I can look up how to deal with these things when I don’t feel like making my brain do more.

The internet has made things worse: I can spend half a meeting discussing why it is important to be consistent throughout a digital footprint.

Login or Log In? Noun. Verb. Yes. Same thing with pass through and pass-through.

While this post may look like a complaint about grammar, it’s actually a note to all those independent contractors and sole proprietors out there. Create a Limited Liability Corporation. It costs some money but it is worth it because . . . taxes.

A deduction of 20% of net income for many pass-through business owners can lower the top rate to 29.6% from 37%.

Whether it’s pass-through or pass through, The Free Range Group will work with you to figure it out.

how did we get here?

i’ve been asking this question a lot lately.

how did we get here?

time span: 50 years

1968 to 2018.

does it matter how (the collective) we got here?

it probably doesn’t because i’m actually asking a slightly different question.

how the fuck did this happen?

we’re well into the second decade of the 21st century and it’s not pretty.

in fact, we blew by some important shit and let it get obliterated in front of our faces.

lilly ledbetter act? yes.

fair and equal pay for equal work? no.

speak up? yes

results? not. good.

rinse. repeat.

but it’s been almost a decade since that supreme court decision and it’s not working. i am proof.

a story for another day.



Are you a listener or a reader?

I think I have a preference for writing things down – being a reader – in a business context which is where Peter Drucker would ask people the question. However my theory is that I absorb information in the same detail whether I’m hearing it or reading it.

Are you a listener or a reader? He wrote about it a long time ago in The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done.

If you spend a bunch of time driving to go to and from wherevertheF*** you’re working you can lose your mind. Seriously, the winter they were measuring the snow accumulation in “Gronks” was probably when I started listening to books in the car. The next winter was when I discovered The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I appreciated listening to her narrate. Carrie definitely made the crazy commuting a little easier that year.

One of the more recent books I listened to was A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. I pre-ordered that one. Yes, I’m an Audible subscriber.

The empathy, stupid

If you’re old enough, you probably remember the first Bush administration and the arrival of Bill Clinton with the saying, it’s the economy, stupid. Specifically, James Carville’s phrase “The economy, stupid”.

It’s not still the economy. I think we’re to the point where we can safely say it’s “The empathy, stupid” which to me means, the lack thereof.

Good (manager) + empathy = great (manager). True in life and business.

When will we finally figure this out? Talk to each other instead of watching them talk at us. Gather facts and share them. Know where you’re money goes. Vote and know why you’re doing it. Look at the world around you.

Think about people who live differently than you do on a day-to-day basis – without focusing on who has greener grass – and see how that might feel.

That’s all it’s about. Lack of empathy is a bad thing, it creates insecurity. Having empathy makes us individually and collectively stronger. An individual who feels seen, heard and recognized for who they are will be more confident because of a foundation of understanding and connectedness.

Confidence without empathy can quickly become arrogance. Don’t get caught in the trap of believing whoever is louder because loud is only noisier.

The root of the word is confidence is con for a reason.