At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service by Margaret Inge is a weekly column that examines a number of business issues directly related to the Central Catskills’ service economy.

At Your Service: March 11, 2009

We of the human variety are made richer by our associations and grow in direct proportion to the scope of our relationships. Having many friends enables me to be many people without being schizophrenic; in each relationship different aspects of me are revealed and given permission to blossom. In the same way, businesses flourish by virtue of the company they keep.

At Your Service: March 4, 2009

Suze Orman, Dr. Phil, Arianna Huffington and a host of other “experts” on almost every subject seem to agree on one thing: in order to survive the economic miasma, we (that’s you and me) must return to core values. It is sound advice for most of their audience. What it tells me is that none of those experts live here in the Catskills.

At Your Service: Feb. 11, 2009

Animals, from the most feral to the human variety, when in the wild, sleep in formations that enable protection from predators; hence the phrase, “I’ve got your back.” Even in our most civilized forms, we still need one another to see that which we cannot see ourselves. Feedback is one of the most critical elements of community.

At Your Service: Feb. 4, 2009

Is it intelligent design or evolution? In one instance, we must believe that in the process of creation all factors were considered; in the other, that success hinges on adapting to a changing environment. In reality, we must plan for those circumstances we can foresee and be willing and able to adapt to market changes when we want our businesses to succeed.

At Your Service: Jan. 21, 2009

A page in history has been turned. Like so many transition points before it, the inauguration of America’s first African-American president marks the beginning of something new more than it does an ending. Moving forward calls for us to marshal lessons from the past and use old skills in new ways.