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How you should be using social media

By Jackie Sauter So you’ve (begrudgingly or not) determined that you need to be involved in social media. Maybe you’ve even created a Twitter or Facebook account, and you’re testing the waters. What do you do next? In my opinion, there are three main business uses for social media. What’s the word? People are talking… Continue Reading How you should be using social media

Stimulating the local economy

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The auto industry, Wall Street and the major banks, among others, have received stimulus money in amounts that are hard to comprehend and have never been seen before.  Local middle market companies might be feeling left out and forgotten. You might be wondering if there is help for your business or are the stimulus dollars… Continue Reading Stimulating the local economy

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Drug abuse remains one of the top five costliest health problems in the United States. Most of the money invested in combating alcohol and drug abuse goes toward responding to the consequences of these societal problems. Only 2 percent goes to prevention, according to a report from the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse… Continue Reading Expect government focus to shift to preventing drug abuse and crime

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Active investing strategies I use

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I recently taught an investments class to some talented students at Colorado College. I was a bit concerned that I might go overboard in suggesting passive investing but, surprisingly, the students pointed out just the opposite. Here are the four ways they claim I’m an active investor. Rebalancing – Passive investing implies “buy and hold.”… Continue Reading Active investing strategies I use

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With reduced recruiting staff and diminished finances, companies will need to be as efficient as possible. One of the gurus of recruiting, Peter Weddle, has coined the term “crowdcruiting,” which suggests drawing on under-utilized employer resources as an alternative to burning out current recruiting staffs. These tactics include asking the employees to help with recruiting… Continue Reading ‘Crowdcruiting’ — hiring managers doing more with less

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A study released last week by the MetLife Mature Market Institute details the most important factors for engaging different segments of the work force. Titled “Engaging the 21st Century Multi-Generational Workforce,” the study indicates that employers can maximize the strength of their work forces and optimize worker productivity by using best practices geared to the… Continue Reading New rules for engagement multi-generational workplaces

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By Jeff Goldberg Are you buying into what CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and almost every other media outlet are sending your way? Are you buying into the gloom and doom? Are you seeing the Grim Reaper, with his scythe, walking a step behind you and your career? Or, are you looking for the… Continue Reading Psssst … the recession is over

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Everyone seems to be cutting back on the niceties of life these days. While cutting expenses to the bone can be good for business and has almost become a requirement, the trouble surfaces when expense cuts negatively impact the customer experience. Middle-market companies that strive for excellence in customer service set themselves apart from their… Continue Reading The customer experience can help gain market share

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If you’re struggling through the recession – and who isn’t? – and you’re wondering what type of compensation plan is going to help you keep your top executives and managers motivated and loyal, focus on salaries. According to a worldwide survey conducted by NFI Research, 42 percent of business leaders said they would prefer an… Continue Reading Bonuses really aren’t a great motivator for management

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It is not unusual during economic contraction for employers to cut their training programs for workers. These reductions are, at best, unwise and, at worst, dangerous. According to the “Maintenance Evangelist” Joel Leonard, a global advocate for maintenance training, “the postponing of maintenance training costs employers billions of dollars, both in accidents and machinery that… Continue Reading Before cutting training budget, consider the downsides

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