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National Labor Relations Board attacks

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Should a federal government agency dictate where a business can and cannot produce goods and services in the U.S.? Of course not. Right? Well, as crazy as it might sound, that’s what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is doing to a leading manufacturer. Doing the bidding of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace… Continue Reading National Labor Relations Board attacks

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You can throw away your job description

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If you are a leader in a company or organization and have a detailed job description, throw it away. Job descriptions are useful for employees who need to understand the specific aspects of their job and responsibilities. But what person in leadership has ever been able to actually follow a specific list of duties and… Continue Reading You can throw away your job description

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Finish the game rich

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Money isn’t a bad thing and you deserve to build wealth through owning your business. You’ve worked long, hard hours, taken financial risk, and made sacrifices that non-business owners don’t have to make. You may have other reasons for owning your company, but making a significant amount of money should be a priority because your… Continue Reading Finish the game rich

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I am often asked to assist people in the evaluation of an entrepreneurial opportunity. A prevailing belief is that entrepreneurs are good at identifying and exploiting market opportunities, as if such opportunities somehow exist with or without the entrepreneur. A related belief is that if one simply improves at recognizing opportunity then one can become… Continue Reading Opportunity can be stifled by ‘analysis’

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What is the future of education?

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Developments from three places across the nation provide important information about the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing about real change in primary and secondary education. The bad news came out of Sag Harbor, N.Y. It was announced in early May that Stella Maris Regional Catholic School — the oldest Roman Catholic school on Long… Continue Reading What is the future of education?

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One of the most difficult tasks any senior leader has is to manage the internal dynamics of their senior team. I have heard countless times, “I’m tired of being the kindergarten teacher — they just don’t play nicely together.” And for business effectiveness, they must. So why do senior leaders have to play the role… Continue Reading Going beyond being the kindergarten teacher

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“Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy!” Variations of this headline were all over the news last fall, and our neighborhood Blockbuster, along with many others, recently closed, bringing a sad ending to our longtime habit of stopping after work on Fridays to pick up a date night movie. Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 protection last September, and… Continue Reading Change, it can be your friend or it can be your foe

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By Robert S. “Sam” Arthur Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Regardless of your personal views on the issues of medical marijuana, it is clear that the growing and dispensing of MMJ has impacted the real estate market in Denver and the Front Range. As the retail and warehouse real estate markets became more depressed over the… Continue Reading Marijuana holds risk for both lenders and landlords

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Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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The Colorado Senate — just like the U.S. Congress — recently adopted the “budget that nobody wanted.” Compromise was needed to keep government running, but neither Democrats nor Republicans were satisfied with the results. “The really good (budgets) are the ones that all people hate,” said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Co Springs, as reported April 12th… Continue Reading Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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A while back, Laddie was approached by a business owner who had the chance to buy another business that would complement the current operation. He was in a quandary because it looked like a great opportunity but it also carried substantial risk that would impact his existing business. He hated to lose the opportunity but… Continue Reading Opportunity might be tempting, but weigh the risks

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