Building Blocks to Succession: Passing on the Leadership Reins of Your Practice

By Staff
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:26 PM Dictators have no succession plans—they know that someday their people will rise up and replace them with another dictator. There’s a lesson here for optometrists—don’t be a dictator in your office. It’s bad for office morale and won’t help you find a successor.

#WonderWomen: Accomplishment, Perseverance and Drive

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM When Vision Monday first inaugurated “The Most Influential Women in Optical” report in 2003, we were asked, and often, about why we felt the need to isolate the achievements of individual women in the field.

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By Mary Kane
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM “Grand Central Optical says ‘Use Them. Or Lose Them.’ Good advice to pass on to your patients as the year-end deadline for flex spending accounts nears.”

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By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM “2014 may just be winding down but we’re already gearing up for big things to come in 2015! So definitely keep an eye out! (#SoPunny!)”

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By John Sailer
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM “While 80 percent of Chinese students suffer from myopia, only 20 percent of Chinese citizens have access to proper eyecare, according to the Vision Impact Institute.”

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By Ashley Grohoski
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM “Digitalization may be taking center stage in the industry, but digital leadership is not about command and control, but almost always about vision.”

The Five Most Ingenious Products of 2014

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM One of the best things about my job as lens and technology editor for VM and 20/20 Magazine is getting to learn about interesting new products.

Embracing Explanations And Inspiring Ideas

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM With the blizzard of business and corporate changes coming at the optical industry from pretty much every direction these days, it can be a daunting task for ECPs to concentrate on the basics of the business and remember that optical retail and vision care are fields which help millions of consumers and patients look good and see well.

Eyewear Vending? It Could Happen!

By John Sailer
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM For brick-and-mortar retailers who think e-tailing, showrooming and other forms of multichannel retailing are creating an unfair competitive environment, consider the possibility of eyewear vending machines. While

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By Mary Kane
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “The NRF’s consumer spending survey reveals holiday shoppers will spend nearly 5 percent more this year. Encourage patients to include eyewear in the mix.”

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By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “In the next year, 23 percent of Millennials are likely to buy smart glasses, 24 percent smart clothing, 40 percent a smart watch, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report said.”

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By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “It has taken me eight years to truly understand how complicated the frame making process is, hopefully now it won’t take the consumer nearly that long!”

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By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “Trent Hamm of TheSimpleDollar.com, ‘if you can find a way to make money based on something you’re passionate about, that’s a sweet gig.’ Stay passionate.”

A Different Kind of Challenge

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM This past summer, millions of people, including some of us in optical, were obsessed with taking the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But on Oct. 9, the optical industry paused and took up a different kind of challenge in support of World Sight Day led by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

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By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.”
—Joni Ernst, candidate for U.S. Senate, Iowa.
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