These days, the winds of change are blowing hard — the trouble is their direction is constantly changing. It is said that lake sailors are far more skilled because they deal constantly with gusting winds, while ocean sailors enjoy the prevailing winds for days at a time. Like sailors, those of us in the business of forecasting economic activity are much more comfortable following trends, and so the rapid change we are now experiencing is driving us crazy.

10 ATTRIBUTES OF LEADERS WHO THRIVE

We live in a dramatically changing marketplace. The dynamic leader knows how to stay relevant and expand relevant skills.

I’ve written and presented many times about good habits to practice, but it is equally important to discuss valuable attributes of successful leaders. I’m talking about those features that are inherent in us.

HOW HERITAGE SHORTBREAD INTRODUCED A GENERATIONS-OLD RECIPE TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE.

Over the course of its centuries-long history, Scotland has given many gifts to the world. The sublime smokiness of single malt. The beautiful frustration that is the game of golf. The timeless class and sophistication of Sir Sean Connery.

But perhaps none are as delectable as simple shortbread. The crumbly, buttery treat somehow embodies hospitality, whether it’s enjoyed alongside a steaming cup of tea or as a gift.

CAN ROGER FREEDMAN SOLVE THE HOUSING PROBLEM FACING HILTON HEAD’S WORKFORCE?

Many businessmen’s dreams have died on Daufuskie Island, but accomplished local developer Roger Freedman thinks he has a plan that could boost development and also solve the affordable housing crisis on Hilton Head Island.

Freedman says his plans to develop affordable housing on Daufuskie for the area’s workforce will help ease staffing woes plaguing Hilton Head’s tourism and hospitality industries.

HILTON HEAD DAY SPA HAS BEEN A FAVORITE SINCE 1983

St. Louis native Patricia Owen didn’t come to Hilton Head Island for its beauty, as many others do.

Instead, she brought beauty to Hilton Head.

“I worked for Estée Lauder as an educator and makeup artist, and we moved to Hilton Head to bring the line here,” she said. “By watching what was happening in that industry, we started seeing more spa services being introduced. We realized that this was the future.”

LOCAL INDEPENDENT JEWELRY STORE MAKES MEMORIES

On a chilly, overcast, late autumn morning somewhere in Ohio, a woman puts on a pair of earrings that make her remember a perfect summer day at the beach.

BMW TOP EXECUTIVE SAYS PALMETTO STATE’S A WINNER

When the judges convene at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, they’ll represent decades of automotive experience. Whether they’ve spent years judging similar car shows around the world or simply amassing their own collections of vintage vehicles, they know exactly what they’re looking for in terms of style, design and overall beauty.

“HOW TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY” IS ONE THE MOST COMMON GOOGLE SEARCHES — AND A QUESTION I AM OFTEN ASKED.

In fact, there is not a single person I encounter who doesn’t want to know how to get more out of their time. Because we all get the same amount of time to work with, there are two options: work smarter or work longer.

Not many people willingly choose the latter.

WHETHER BULLION OR BARS, ADDING GOLD COULD BENEFIT MOST PORTFOLIOS

It will never be said that old Elihu is a “gold bug” but in times like these, one should be thinking about putting at least some percentage of their portfolio in this commodity. Who could have guessed that market and geopolitical events would have unfolded the way they have? To recap, in recent months we have experienced another terrorist attack in the subways of London and demonstrations by the far right and counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, while North Korea continues its reckless activities in Asia. The United States equity and fixed income markets continue to perform nicely, but concerns have crept into the market. The VIX Index, which is a measure of expected volatility, has swung wildly over the past 30 days.

If you were in a sunny spot during August’s solar eclipse, you probably watched in awe as the moon stole the sun’s light for a minute. In just an hour, the energy generated by the sun is strong enough to power the needs of the planet for an entire year. And yet solar power makes up only a sliver of our total energy production.

Here in the Lowcountry, postcard-perfect vistas and oak-lined roads suggest a life exempt from modern concerns. But for some homeowners, the financial and environmental benefits of solar power have made high-tech solutions attractive. Because many communities are private, homeowners in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton may have to confront bureaucracy to install environmentally friendly technologies. While the solar industry keeps improving in efficiency and aesthetics, community covenants have been slow to adapt.