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2008 best described as Anno Horribilis!

In all too many ways, 2008 will indeed be remembered as one horrible year. We saw the price of gasoline and diesel fuel rise to levels few of us ever expected. These increases triggered domino price levels in a host of unrelated goods and services.

Rob Alfers, Publisher, Auto Atlantic Magazine

We saw more severe weather than usual in the US, creating interruptions in refinery operations and spikes in the price of crude oil, which quickly found their way to the price at the pumps here at home.

While we in Atlantic Canada seldom experience the really severe weather that others must cope with on a regular basis, I think many of you would agree that our summer weather fell far short of what we’ve come to expect. And who would have ever thought that the entire world would be hit with such a dramatic attack on its economic well-being. The housing crises in the US should never have been allowed to happen in a country that had the intelligence and will to land a man on the moon. But it did happen, and the chaos and panic that followed throughout much of the US economy spread rapidly to the rest of the world. One can only hope that the economic stimulus efforts of various governments will be successful in quickly solving the incredibly difficult situation we now find ourselves in.

There is a saying that “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” So as we quickly approach a new year, now is the time to turn our backs on the pain and disappointment of a rogue year, and look to the future with optimism. There will be better days ahead, particularly if we prepare for them.

Bob Greenwood has made a career of helping automotive related businesses turn failure into success. His training courses and management advice are sought after throughout North America. In this issue he stresses the critical need for both management and staff to take responsibility together for the success of their business. Michael Guld will invigorate your business outlook with a series of New Year’s ReVolutions and Thomas Houck offers 10 survival tactics in a tough economy. Follow their advice and 2009 will be a much better year! May it be a happy one for you!


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