Greg Brooks

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  • "I'm having trouble feeling appropriately bleak" about the current recession, Greg Brooks says. Yes, things are bad, but 7% unemployment is a far cry from 25% in the Great Depression and well below 10% during the 1980-82 downturn. The longest economic slump since World War II lasted 16 months; as we apparently just discovered, we're already 12 months into this one. We're poorer on paper than we were five years ago, but we're still miles ahead of our grandparents

  • Like any blue-collar business, this one is full of old adages that, taken together, add up to sort of a redneck MBA. It's possible to ignore them when business is booming, but it's always interesting to see granddad become a genius again when the market turns sour.

  • Would you be in business today if you had a nickel for every time you heard someone complain that the housing industry is behind the times and resistant to change? Not me-I'd be on my island sipping pi�a coladas.

  • I know it's not football season and there may be people in New England who don't want to talk about it, but here's a headline and subhead to consider: Last-Minute Rally Lifts New York to Super Bowl Upset! Giants: Just enough points. Patriots: Not quite as many. Little bit of a letdown, isn't it? Even if you're not interested in football, it's the score that makes the story, and the same goes for your business. The problem is that the rules aren't as clear-cut.

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