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President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Well, I’ve unlocked the secret of President Obama’s agenda for the economy. It certainly was not easy. But it finally came to me as the President signed the financial regulatory bill in July. Apparently, the President of the United States, his top advisers, along with the current leadership in Congress, believe that best way to… Continue Reading President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Hired gun or steward? You decide

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If you are a business, division, or team leader who does not personally own the business or organization in which you have a leadership role, congratulations. You are in the majority — executives hired to manage privately-held or publicly-traded companies, government or nonprofit organizations or divisions, on behalf of the owner(s) or community. You have… Continue Reading Hired gun or steward? You decide

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When it comes to the New York Yankees, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. That’s been the case for almost 90 years now, since the Yanks became a powerhouse in the 1920s. But over the past 37 years, the same could be said for the team’s owner, George Steinbrenner. In fact, over those decades,… Continue Reading George Steinbrenner: Not quite the capitalist

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Alliance has a thing for terabytes

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By Monica Mendoza Flood water mixed with diesel fuel and other contaminants rushed into the computer server room of the Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Among other items, any of the medical records kept on standard compact discs and tape were destroyed. At the time, the… Continue Reading Alliance has a thing for terabytes

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President Obama is no fan of fossil fuels. Instead, he likes wind and solar. Unfortunately, energy via winds and the sun is unreliable and extremely costly. Part of the big costs come from government handouts. In his radio and online address on July 3, the president dressed up taxpayer subsidies as plusses for the economy.… Continue Reading Obama using lofty logic for wind, solar energy

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Westone’s expansion, and growth, into the music products business has been unexpected. Continue Reading Hearing-aid maker making it big in music industry

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To motivate staff, discover their passions

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Employee motivation is a perennial hot topic for leaders at all levels. What if you had a way to identify what motivates each person on your team? What if your conversations with each employee could be tailored to emphasize what matters most to him or her? What if you could match each person’s tasks and… Continue Reading To motivate staff, discover their passions

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Making a bang in combat training

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By Monica Mendoza Six years ago an Army colonel asked Colorado Springs paintball manufacturer Tony Colon if he could design a mock training bomb that would blow up without hurting soldiers. Soldiers were encountering improvised explosive devices in the war but had no way to train “before the boom and after the boom” without using… Continue Reading Making a bang in combat training

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ROI to gain executive support

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Have you ever had a few short minutes to present a proposal to senior management about an initiative you and your team are passionate about, only to feel after the presentation that you didn’t communicate to the executives the importance of your proposal? As a team leader and director of a function or a team,… Continue Reading ROI to gain executive support

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Few like the “double dip.” “Seinfeld” brought attention to the chip double-dipper. George dipped a potato chip in dip, took a bite, and then dipped again. He was called for his unsanitary double dip. Then there’s double dipping in government. An individual carries two government titles; or retires, collects a pension and still gets paid… Continue Reading Public policy to blame if we see a double-dip

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