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Making the most of your matrix

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You can’t get there from here. Either you’re in a vertical or a horizontal. Some are in a diagonal. At one company I recently worked with, the matrix is three-dimensional. There are hard-line relationships and dotted-line relationships. And, most would admit, there are gaps — everywhere. So, like the popular movie series after the same… Continue Reading Making the most of your matrix

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Constitution fix will need strong leader

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Imagine a lovely home made out of wood. On the surface, the house looks beautiful, but, underground, termites are eating away at the foundation. The occupants of the house are unaware of the termites and the damage that is taking place. If nothing is done, at some point in the future, the house will collapse.… Continue Reading Constitution fix will need strong leader

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When the scourge of discrimination rears its ugly head and a person or group is denied equal treatment because of their race, disability, or religious affiliation — or for no particular trait at all — victims in most cities know the best place to go is their city’s Human Relations Commission. They can plead their… Continue Reading Revive the Human Rights Commission

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Healthcare tax credit offers too little

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ObamaCare was sold as a way to help the little guy, including small businesses, especially against those big, bad insurance companies. However, when this legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, supporters failed to mention the many ills it would impose on small businesses and their employees. Wait… Continue Reading Healthcare tax credit offers too little

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Small steps to tackle a big job

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How do you change an entire culture? Especially if it happens to involve 5,000 very busy healthcare employees spread out over multiple hospitals, outpatient facilities and support offices? Adventist Midwest Health did it by starting with simple, concrete actions that could be implemented and talked about by every employee. Adventist had always been focused on… Continue Reading Small steps to tackle a big job

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Greece covers an area slightly smaller than Alabama. Nonetheless, this small nation bordering on the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas has had and continues to have a big impact. The Greeks gave us the Olympics; the foundations of philosophy through Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; and the beginnings of democracy. For good measure, the New Testament… Continue Reading Lessons from Greek financial crisis are being ignored

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Power act will help restore U.S. edge

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In the weeks ahead, we will be given the opportunity to change the direction of our environment, economy and national security. The American Power Act has given us all that opportunity. Created by Senators John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), this legislation allows everyone in our country — business and labor, Democrats and… Continue Reading Power act will help restore U.S. edge

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When it comes to energy, a critical question always seems to be whether public policy will be guided by sound economics, or irrational, pandering politics. That question looms particularly large right now. There is the usual issue of prices. Early this month, the price of a barrel of crude oil was up by 34 percent… Continue Reading The Gulf oil spill and energy economics and politics

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We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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Our community was recently characterized as a “backwater,” which is defined as “a place regarded as cut off from the mainstream of activity and consequently regarded as quiet or unimportant.” Whether the comment was uttered out of frustration, with no malice or forethought, or if it only referred to our involvement in the world of… Continue Reading We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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“Don’t trust anyone over 30” was the hippy chant of the 1960s. In the 1980s, when dealing with the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” And the 1990s television show “The X-Files” gave us the conspiratorial, “Trust no one.” But what about today? Who do the American people trust? It turns out… Continue Reading Keating: Trust in federal government at all-time low

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