My Personal Finance Blog!

by Ben on July 10, 2011

Hey everyone, sorry for being such a bad blogger over the last few months! It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site and I wanted to fill you all in on what I’ve been up to!

I’ve been working hard to build up my personal finance blog Trees Full of Money as well as continue to work on my MBA through the University of Massachusetts. This combined with my “day job” as a captain on an offshore oil rig and my growing family, I just haven’t had time to post any great new leadership articles lately!

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my personal finance articles including debt snowball calculator spreadsheet program and my technique of using a goodwill letter to remove late payments from your credit reports.

In particular, check out the story of how my family and I paid off a large amount of consumer debt in less than two years!

Hopefully this financial site will keep you entertained until I have the time to manage more than one website!

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Army of Entrepreneurs: Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth

March 28, 2011

Last week I received a copy of Jennifer Prosek’s new leadership book Army of Entrepreneurs: Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth.
Having read dozens of similarly titled leadership and management books over the last few years, the titles and respective tag lines of each new book were rapidly become more and more [...]

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John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

March 21, 2011
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John Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” should be an integral part of any successful or aspiring leader’s personal library. Now in print as a 10th anniversary edition, Maxwell’s “21 Laws of Leadership” are refined and more relevant than ever in these troubling economic times.

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Modern Corporate Social Responsibilty: A Scrutiny of Two Competing Theories

July 24, 2010

The following is a paper I recently wrote for one of my M.B.A classes through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Over the last few decades, two competing theories of corporate social responsibility have gained prominence in both the academic and business worlds. The first theory, as defended by Coelho, McClure and Spry (2003), is known as [...]

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The 5 Most Important Leadership Qualities

April 1, 2010

As I mentioned in another article, anyone can be a manger.  However, if you want to truly inspire, motivate, and continually improve the performance of your team or organization, you need to understand the five most important qualities of leadership:

Personal Commitment
Walking the Talk
Actively Caring

Personal Commitment:
If you want to build your stock as a leader within [...]

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Leadership and the Art of Building Trust Within Your Team

March 29, 2010

Trust is never given, it MUST be earned.  The trust between a leader and her team are continually built over time, day after day, project after project.  Unfortunately, it only takes a second to loose your team’s trust through a momentary lapse in judgment.
As a leader, the challenge is not only building trust within your organization, but maintaining and [...]

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Captain D. Michael Abrashoff Guest Lecture Review

March 27, 2010
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Last year I reviewed a great leadership book called “It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff.
In the book, Captain Abrashoff shares the leadership techniques he used to turn one of the most under-performing warships in the US Fleet (the USS Benfold) into the “best damn ship in the Navy“.
Not only is the book full of “actionable” [...]

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“It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

January 31, 2010
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The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of the USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside of the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today’s uncertain business seas.

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Leadership vs. Management

May 25, 2009
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Learn the difference between a manager and a leader in this though provoking new article by leadership type.

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