Our open door policy

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II’m sure all of you have heard the joke about the executive who was addressing the entire staff and when he came to the part about having an open door policy, he asked that whoever took his door would give it back.Well, the open door policy in The FENG is of a similar nature. None of us s...

Dec 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Increasing the depth of your friendships

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Several years ago I read a book sent to me by one of our Associate members, Rich Guha. The title of the book was How to Get What You Most Want in Life. At 103 pages, even the busiest of our members honestly has the time to read this rare volume. I can assure you it is worth the time. If yo...

Oct 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Operators are standing by

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A few years ago, I got a lovely note from one of our alumni members lamenting the fact that he rarely gets any phone calls from his fellow members requesting networking assistance. Even though he was feeling unloved, he asked me not to mention his name for fear that all of you would call h...

May 22, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A curious requirement

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We don’t get as many members applying without sponsors as we used to, but we still get a few.For those who are qualified for membership, each Monday morning after I have finished my new member review for the weekend and sent out our new member announcement, Judith Rudikoff, one of our Admi...

May 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint on a smile

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With the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, a great opportunity will be presenting itself to you in the form of gatherings of those who know you (and presumably love you).In order to enjoy the greatest benefit, you need to paint on a smile. I don’t care if you have been out of work 3 or...

Jun 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

How are you doing?

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One of the hardest things to do during a job search or even during a difficult time at work is keeping yourself energized and positive. Here again is another example of how our basic honesty as financial folks gets in the way of our success.If you ask a financial guy how he is doing, you t...

Aug 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Ishmael

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Thus begins Moby Dick. Of course, I am more likely to say: “You can call me anything you like as long as it’s not late for dinner.”I have always believed that what YOU call yourself and what you want others to call you is one of the most important pieces of information you can know about s...

Aug 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth about jelly beans

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Many years ago, a college professor of mine related a story about one of his students who wrote a research paper about an experiment she conducted with an elderly stroke victim at a convalescent home near the campus.The basic premise of the experiment was that whenever the patient in quest...

Sep 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The fine art of commiseration

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It is, unfortunately, far too easy to fall into the trap of having a negative conversation with other members.While it is very important to have empathy for others, to get into extended discussions on the state of the world and how everything is hopeless benefits no one. The world is what ...

Sep 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Common courtesy

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There are some who would argue that in this day and age of email, texting and Tweeting, the world has become a more impersonal place than in those halcyon days of yesteryear.Please say it isn’t so. In this electronic age, it has become SO easy to be personal, that I can’t for the life of m...

Nov 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It’s all in the preparation

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According to a survey that Bruce Lynn completed late last year, only about 30% of our members have ever been to a chapter meeting. In a word, those of you who have never attended a meeting of The FENG are missing out big time. (And no, we don’t wear funny hats or actually have a secret han...

Jan 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Impacting the lives of others

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Over the course of our own lives, we are often unaware of things we have said and done that have positively affected the lives of those we know. A moment of caring. A word of advice. Sometimes just listening when that is needed. For the person on the receiving end, it just may be something...

Feb 15, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why do boaters wave at each other?

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I don’t know about you, but there are lots of things in this world that I wonder about. At one time I wondered about why the sky was blue, but that was before Google. I guess there are lots of things we don’t need to wonder about anymore. We can just look them up.The above topic wasn’t one...

Apr 26, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Say what?

Say what? Cover Image

I used to be very good at multi-tasking. Now that I have gotten older, I am not as good at it.I have a lot to do every day, so when someone writes or calls I find it very helpful if they take a moment at the beginning of their communication to give me some hint how I might be most helpful ...

May 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Man is a political animal

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One of the common complaints I hear from people about their current or prior jobs is how political the situation is or was. To me, this is like complaining about the weather.There is always going to be weather. It is my belief that you can’t really appreciate a sunny day unless you have ex...

Jun 04, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Corporations are reptilian

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I hope no one will be offended by the thought that corporations are reptilian. All I mean to imply by this statement is that although corporations appear to have human elements, they actually have no feelings.We have all met and in fact we may individually have been dedicated employees, bu...

Jun 01, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reinforcing appropriate behavior

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In one of the jobs I had early in my career I was Business Manager for the College Publishing division of CBS.It was an interesting job. All of the folks around me were well educated and always testing my knowledge and experience. They were also great teachers.One of our most popular books...

Jun 19, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Members in need of assistance

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I am sure I don’t need to tell all of you that The FENG is a remarkable organization. It is also unusual in its tone.If I had to come up with two reasons why things are different in The FENG than in the rest of the world, I would start with the fact that EVERYONE in The FENG was sponsored ...

Aug 06, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Doing the “friend thing”

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Over the past few months I have gotten several notes from members commenting on how they responded to a posting in our newsletter even though they hadn’t seen it.How did this miracle occur you might ask? One of their fellow members took the time to send it to them to ensure that they saw i...

Sep 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving and taking advice

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It is well understood that men don’t like unsolicited advice. It is for this reason we tend not to ask for directions at the gas station. It is a macho thing driving around for hours, lost beyond hope, and yet not stopping for help. (Thank goodness for GPS!)One of our many fine traditions ...

Sep 13, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making small talk

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I have never considered myself a social butterfly, but I guess for many of us financial types it is difficult to start a conversation with someone we don’t know.If you give a little thought to conversations you have had over your life with people not known to you, you will fondly remember ...

Sep 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG