Grab a cup of coffee to wash the taste of turkey pancakes from your mouth, and take a look at this sweet-as-pie Foolishness you may have missed this past week.

Fool Search: Be GM's Next CEO
Always happy to help out its "friends" in the business world, The Motley Fool this week solicited candidates for the CEO position at GM. Fool editor and writer David Williamson enticed readers: "Have you ever wanted to run an unprofitable relic in a challenging industry that's saddled with debt and burdened by a questionable product portfolio?"

Many sharp people have already submitted Foolish applications, but there's still time. The contest -- which offers a real-world prize of a free one-year subscription to Motley Fool Pro (approximate retail value: $1,999) -- runs until Dec. 8.

4 Things You Must Get Done This Month
Taxes, retirement, portfolio rebalancing. Boy, Fool editor and writer Dan Caplinger must be just tons of fun at holiday parties. "A lot of people have taken a long vacation from dealing with their portfolios in the aftermath of the financial crisis," Dan tells us. "Now's the time to take the reins again and get back in control of your finances."

OK. He's got a point, not to mention four simple steps to help us make the most of our money. Invite him to the party, and maybe he'll bring along tidbits like this: "If soaring financials like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) have increased the risk level of your portfolio … consider diversifying into blue chips in other sectors such as PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)."

News Flash: Retail Stinks!
Don't stop the presses, but do listen to Fool writer Alyce Lomax: "The outlook for the holiday shopping season promises a tough environment, with plenty of price wars and eroding sales and profit margins. Given all these signals, now is no time for investors to mess around with debt-laden retailers in need of major turnarounds, or second-string companies with little or no brand loyalty."

Alyce has the numbers on companies including Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), and Macy's (NYSE:M). Read the story for her take on why year-over-year comparisons are particularly disappointing.

PepsiCo and J&J are recommendations of the Motley Fool Income Investor newsletter. Costco is a pick of Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Motley Fool Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Costco and has a bear put spread on Abercrombie & Fitch.

This article was compiled by Kris Eddy, who owns no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article. Try any of our investing newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool has a disclosure policy.