Career Advice You Won’t Get From The Podium

Hundreds of successful professionals have generously shared their dreams, accomplishments and disappointments with me over the years, thanks to my work writing about careers and entrepreneurship. These aren’t necessarily the folks you’ll see delivering commencement speeches, but they’ve given me a crash course in the unwritten rules of the workplace. Here are some lessons I’ve taken away from their candid stories. If you are a new graduate, I hope these will be helpful to you and you start your career.

What College Juniors (Soon-To-Be Seniors) Need To Do Now

Many college juniors are watching their senior friends graduate and be formally welcomed into the “real world,” which officially marks the time for juniors to stop looking in, and begin to look out at their life post college.

Google Glasses: ‘They Make Me Feel Powerful’

Harvard Business School has a case study on Glass to frame the analysis of the new smart wearable product and let students debate marketing strategies that could maximize its potential. Walter Frick at the Harvard Business Review outlines some of the marketing issues Google faces with Glass.

How to save money on the cost of moving

Consumers moving this summer could face higher costs amid a shortage of drivers. How to save.

Two Brookside Police officers injured during a drug arrest

Two Brookside police officers were injured  Friday night after conducting a traffic stop  on Cherry Avenue near I-22.  The officers discovered a quarter of a pound of marijuana inside the car after the stop.

2 Brookside police officers injured during Friday night drug arrest

The officers have been treated and released from St. Vincent's Hospital.


BROOKSIDE, Alabama – Two of Brookside’s three full-time police officers were injured Friday night during a struggle with a drug suspect.

Chief Jason Springfield said the officers conducted a traffic stop on Cherry Ave near I-22. During the stop, the officers found a quarter of a pound of marijuana inside the car.

When the officers tried to take the suspect into custody, he resisted and a fight ensued. Both officers sustained minor injuries, including a broken hand for one of the officers.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest. The Brookside officers were treated at, and released from, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Springfield said.

The 28-year-old suspect from Adamsville was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including assault on two law enforcement officers, Springfield said. He has past arrests on drug charges.

Springfield said he went to the hospital with the two injured officers, and praised the county’s assistance in the arrest. The small department also has 10 reserve officers.

“A huge thanks goes out to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for all of their assistance on this incident,” he said. “We are thankful for such a professional group of deputies.

Google’s YouTube Video Quality Report Exposes Sub-Par Internet Service Providers

There has been a lot of discussion lately about net neutrality, the state of broadband in the U.S., and dubious deals between large Internet Service Providers and providers of on-demand video streaming—I’m talking about you and . How it all shakes out in the long terms is still anyone’s guess, but in the meantime, Google has just released a new tool for YouTube that makes it incredibly easy for anyone to determine if their ISP is up to snuff.

5 questions we have about federal investigation into Adams Produce

Some details about the investigation and the allegations regarding the more than 100-year-old company, which was sold in 2010 by the Adams family to a group of investors, have been made public. But we still have some questions.

Adams produce

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – An FBI investigation begun more than two years ago into fraudulent billing on government contracts for fruits and vegetables at the now shuttered Birmingham-based Adams Produce Co. so far has resulted in indictments or charges against seven former company officials.

Five former Adams Produce officials have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Two others, including one on Thursday, have been charged in the past month and both proclaim their innocence.

Adams Produce had contracts with the Defense Logistics Agency for the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia to provide fruits and vegetables for use at military bases and schools, prosecutors charge. The federal government would pay a certain price above what it would cost Adams Produce to get the produce from its suppliers. Adams Produce was required to submit proof of its costs.

Adams Produce officials between August 2011 and November 2011 arranged transactions with the Georgia location of T.L.C., a major nationwide wholesale produce company, to create fraudulent purchase orders reflecting a higher cost so it could get more money from government contracts.

The company filed for bankruptcy in 2012 following months later with the first of the indictments and charges. The bankruptcy left 400 employees without jobs. 

Some details about the investigation and the allegations regarding the more than 100-year-old company, which was sold in 2010 by the Adams family to a group of investors, have been made public.

But here are six questions we still have:

  • Is the investigation closed or can we expect more charges?
  • Will anyone from the wholesale company, T.L.C., in Georgia be charged?  
  • Prosecutors have said the scheme was hatched in July 2011 during a meeting between company officers and employees of Adams Produce about ways to increase profit margins. But who at Adams was the first to come up with the idea?
  • What was the red flag or tip that led federal investigators look at Adams Produce?
  • Are other produce companies around the nation being investigated, or have been investigated, for similar schemes?