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The Casagrande Report


The Casagrande Report is a monthly perspective available via email and then only by referral. Chances are you are at this site because you have already been invited to receive the Casagrande Report.

Below is a tasting from prior CRs. If you would like to receive the actual complete monthly review you will have to find someone who already receives it  AND thinks you are savvy enough to digest it.

        A Manager
     "The job of a manager is not to do everything, it is to make sure that everything gets done." As you know ( you do now) I am a voracious reader and the other day I came across this definition of a manager and I wanted to share with you. It is cryptic yet a revelation. It is a simple statement that really encompasses a major portion of our responsibilities. The definition reveals the direction we must provide and the delegation with which we may accomplish our goals and duties. The implications are that ‘everything’ represents all of the tasks and responsibilities of our respective groups; that everything must be accomplished; and that although you are not expected to personally perform all the tasks, you as managers, must insure that they are done and done correctly. How do your activities compare to this definition? How do you make sure everything gets done?                                                                *   *   * 

In the book, "The Artist’s Way at Work" by Bryan, Cameron and Allen, I discovered the following paragraph on attitudes that was quite revealing. When people change their attitudes, they change their perceptions, and as their perceptions change, they continue to change their attitudes. The spiral can go either way, toward the positive or the negative, but even just realizing that is what is happening can stop the spiral long enough to send it toward the positive. When this happens, both the quality and quantity of your work will improve. Do you know if you are in the upward or downward spiral? Are you aware that your attitudes affect the attitudes of the members of your group and all others with whom you interact? Is your effect negative or positive? If you’re not sure, ask one of your colleagues. I assure you, they know.

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                                        Economic Week in Review:
     A surge in retail sales, a rise in consumer prices, and a decline in housing starts held the economic spotlight for the week. It was an up-and-down week for the markets as well. The S&P 500 Index rose 4.8% for the week to 1,107. The yield of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, which moves in the opposite direction from its price, rose 12 basis points to 5.25%.
     Retail sales surged 1.2% in April, the strongest showing since October. Sales gains were widespread: Consumers stepped up purchases of cars and spent more money in restaurants, department stores, and building-supply stores. Overall retail sales were 4.0% higher than in April 2001. The Consumer Price Index jumped 0.5% in April from March, the biggest increase in almost a year. The "core" CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose0.3%. Business inventories dropped 0.3% from February to their lowest level since October 1999. The ratio of inventories to sales is still hovering near its 12-month low, suggesting that the past year's aggressive inventory reductions may have run their course.

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