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Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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The latest J.P. Morgan debacle concerns the loss of $2 billion thanks to ill-conceived trades that were intended to hedge risk. It’s the tip of an iceberg of similar activity that many consider to be shrewd entrepreneurial dealing — but it is not. Any kind of arbitrage, despite however Wall Street might justify it, ends… Continue Reading Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move… Continue Reading Ubuntu Collaboration: Lessons from South Africa

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Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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When our son, Patrick, was in the Air Force, he worked on F-15 fighter jet avionics systems. Everyone who touched one of those airplanes was required to fill out a checklist and sign it. If something went wrong, the powers-that-be had a written record of who did what and when. After a crash occurred (thankfully,… Continue Reading Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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I have to admit that I’m a late adopter of this technology. Skype and video calling software has been available to us for free for a few years now, but I’ve noticed the adoption rate really changing lately so I thought I’d bring it up. Maybe the addition of Face to Face on iPhone is… Continue Reading Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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When talking about doing business in China, two words tend to come up time and time again: opportunities and threats. That was the case at a Hofstra University (Long Island, New York) conference on May 8 titled “US-China: Opportunities for New Business Partnerships.” Speakers included executives doing business in China, academics, economists, media members, and… Continue Reading Business opportunities and threats in China

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Is college worth it?

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About 1,300 students will be graduating from UCCS today, so it seems like an opportune time to once again question whether higher education is worth the money? Let’s take a look at some statistics. A National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education study showed 57 percent of the 2,142 Americans surveyed claimed that the… Continue Reading Is college worth it?

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Be a great board member

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Many enthusiastic volunteers accept positions as part of a non-profit board, committee, or community effort such as local chambers of commerce, philanthropic groups, or professional associations. The learning curve tends to be very high during the first year. They are thrilled that you stepped up, and you are excited to be involved. Now what? 1.… Continue Reading Be a great board member

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The app store is not an orphanage

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“We’ve gotta have an app!” was the battle cry when Apple launched its App Store in 2008. And yes, that was the marketing department on the phone again, asking me for something they didn’t really understand. I developed several apps that had no purpose except to bolster the brand image of the company that wanted… Continue Reading The app store is not an orphanage

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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Earnings fairness

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Plenty of residents are angry about the decision to pay former Memorial Health System CEO Larry McEvoy more than $1.15 million in severance. But, who’s to blame? Is it McEvoy? The hospital board of trustees that approved the severance amount? Or is it City Council, the governing body that holds the board of trustees accountable?… Continue Reading Earnings fairness

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