Chicago Cubs, the World Series and Annoying Bosses: Making Sense of It All

Have you ever had a boss that you could never make happy? So now you are the boss and have employees that annoy you. They came with qualifications, but they just don’t seem to be working out. I know you would never be the annoying one. But in this age of millenial trophies for just showing up, we should probably talk about it.

Years ago I had a boss like that. I was working as a reporter for a small town in Central Texas. In that scenario you cover both regular news and sports. I worked for two bosses — the managing editor for hard news and the sports editor for sports news. I regularly wrote hard news for the managing editor and never had a bit of trouble or criticism. It wasn’t that way with the sports editor.

The town was a hot bed of high school sports. First round draft picks in both football and baseball regularly came out of this town of 10,000 people. The players who “only” made All-America teams would look like a who’s who from the College Football Hall of Fame. But my problem satisfying him wasn’t football.

I never played it at any level other than sandlot pickup and have knee surgery to show for that. So in covering it, I always made sure I double checked facts, wrote about players’ emotions in the moment and had coaches school me on background about how plays were designed and why they were called.  My problem was baseball.

What’s hard about baseball? You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you run the bases, you tag the runner. Right? Wrong!

My boss was a wisp of a fellow; he looked like he couldn’t throw a baseball through a paper bag or hit one through it, either. But he knew pitching (“if you have top stuff, you have to show them your second and third pitch; if you have garbage, you have to show them all the garbage so they can’t tee off on any of it.”) He knew hitting (“Bad hitters hit change-ups and hate heat; good hitters hit fastballs and hate junk.”) And he knew strategy (“Everyone leaks oil under pressure; the great ones accept it, deal with it and overcome it”).

Professionalism Under Pressure

When I wrote for him, if I didn’t have all the angles covered, it was a personal insult. He sent me back and back and back to get it right, regardless of the deadline. And if I missed the deadline, I caught it from the publisher.

What I came to realize over time was his level of required professionalism drug me forward as a writer. He wasn’t going to accept anything but the best in his section. He also taught me that perfection was a virtue and perfection under fire was true talent.

I am not sitting here trying to tell you I had true talent. In reality, the closest I ever got to a compliment was when I wrote a piece during a state championship game. After I turned it in, he edited it without a comment. Others in the office came marching through telling him what a great job I had done. His only remark once was to look at me, grin and say, “Well, it wasn’t bad once I fixed it.” I could not take the success. I took the rest of the day off.

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Charging orders: What are they and whose is better

At a recent lunch, a colleague posed the question, “Which state do you think has the better charging order?” That posed an interesting question that takes more time than gobbling down a crab cake sandwich allows.

So I started researching the experts. And they were all over the map.

Three lawyers writing for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today, gave an excellent description of sorting out the issues here.

With apologies to authors Jay D. Adkisson, Carter G. Bishop and Thomas E. Rutledge, they described a charging order as a remedy provided to a judgment-creditor of an LLC member where that creditor may legally attach distributions to that member, thereby diverting that income stream to satisfy the judgment. They went on to say that under most state formulas, the charging order is subject to redemption, and a lien on the LLC interest created by the charging order is subject to foreclosure.

In simpler English, the objective then is to get the judgment-creditor paid while precluding that judgment-creditor from interfering with the business.

(Okay, now does that have you lost? Think about me trying to think about this while eating the crab cake.)

So my colleague, who hadn’t seen the description “under most state formulas”, knew that some were different than others so that meant that some were better than others. So then, whose is best? So I started trying to find an expert to tell me that. What I often found was the typical “my state’s better than yours.”

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Spooked about politics? How worried should you be?

I had the opportunity recently to hear Dr. JoAnne Feeney, Portfolio Manager of Adviors Capital Management, speak about the state of the economy.

She started with a discussion of spending patterns that her firm was seeing in the immediate future. She worked the discussion through the different economic outlooks of Millenials, Gen-Xers, middle agers and old people. (Unfortunately, I knew where I fell in the grouping. There was no volunteering for another category.) The true positive from the talk was a discussion of the signs that money was moving.

She then took her thoughts on the state of investments in automobiles, computers, new homes and furniture. What made the discussion fascinating were the keys that the advisors like her consider when analyzing companies for potential investments.

Then, without really tipping her hand as to personal preferences, she walked through the impact of either political party winning the upcoming November election and the likelihood of the impact on the economy.

She published similar thoughts from her talk this morning and I pass them along through the link here for your benefit.

http://www.advisorscenter.com/pages/commentariesDetails.php?Spooked-About-Politics-How-Worried-Should-You-Be-297

Let me know if you think she is right.

Until then, good luck and good hunting.

Randy

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The Fisher Law Office is known for its experience in asset protection, business counselling and development, business succession planning, estate planning and probate administration. Annapolis attorney Randall D. Fisher has practiced for over 20 years, is licensed in Maryland, Texas, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, and has clients all over the country. He maintains the highest peer review rating for ethics (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a sucker for long walks on the fairways.

If you need legal help, or just want to find out how he is doing at eliminate his slice, find out how to reach Randy via TheFisherLawOffice.com or find him at Facebook.com/FisherLawOffice, on Twitter @thefisherlawoffice, or at LinkedIn.com/in/FisherLawOffice.

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We are moving ………..

Just a quick note–

To let you know we are moving.

We needed a little more room, so at the end of this week, we are moving to a larger office nearby, on Bestgate Road, on the other side of the Annapolis Mall from our Jennifer Road location.

Same easy access from all points: Rt. 50 and I-97.

And, plenty of parking.

Our phone number and email will not change.

We are still adding some finishing touches to our new space, but we are open for business and ready to help you!

Best Regards,

Randy Fisher
Fisher Law Office

Move Date: February 1, 2015
New Address:
888 Bestgate Road, Suite 420
Annapolis, MD 21401
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West County Chamber: Working for You

I have made no secret that I am a member of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. If you look on Facebook, you’ll see me photo-bombing good friends Lisa Ennis and Dave Wheeler at our recent new member expo. With regard to the Chamber, on recent Fridays, I have been reporting on all things Chamber. I am real pleased to report that my good friend and fearless leader Chamber CEO Claire Louder was appointed by County Executive-elect Steve Schuh to chair the transition committee for workforce development. The citizen committee is charged with making recommendations on how we can reform County government to better serve the public, and will submit its report no later than January 31st, 2014. Claire will also be serving as a member of the Military Affairs Subcommittee of the Economic Development Committee.

Why it matters: Workforce development issues – finding, hiring, training, and keeping good employees – are among the most frequently heard frustrations from our members. Ensuring that our county Workforce Development Corporation is doing everything it should to address these needs, and that our business community knows what resources are available to them, can help address these issues.

Recognizing and building on the economic role of Fort Meade in our community is critical to the success of every business in the Chamber’s area, whether or not you do business with Fort Meade directly. The new homes, increased employment on post, and burgeoning number of contractors in the area, not to mention millions of dollars of construction occurring on and off post as a result of Fort Meade’s growth, help drive business for everyone from the smallest service provider to the largest developer.

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We’ll wade back into some advanced estate planning in this space next week. Clients come and go in that area and it’s time to talk about what all the documents are about. In the meantime, the holidays are coming. Shop Small Business on Saturday, November 29 (thank you American Express). Most importantly, stay warm!

Until then, good luck and good hunting.

Randy

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The Fisher Law Office is known for its experience in estate planning, probate administration, asset protection, and business development. Annapolis attorney Randall D. Fisher has practiced for over 20 years, maintains the highest peer review rating for ethics (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a sucker for long walks on the fairways.

Find out how to reach Randy via TheFisherLawOffice.com or find him at Facebook.com/FisherLawOffice, on Twitter @thefisherlawoffice, or at LinkedIn.com/in/FisherLawOffice.

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