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  • Lessons from a $15 million verdict

    A Colorado federal jury reportedly awarded $15 million recently to 11 workers who claimed they had been subject to workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation because of their ...

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  • The power of one

    Remember, stress is simply the power we give to outside circumstance to define our worth, value and what we believe we are capable of handling ...

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  • Success from a shoestring

    In 1997, a Steamboat Springs-based snowboarder named Gary Hammerslag had one of those insights that makes consumers lives’ easier and entrepreneurs wealthy. Hammerslag saw something ...

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  • Opening the door to entrepreneurs

    Over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital (he had yogurt), we talked about immigration reform and our broken immigration system. ...

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  • Four numbers that equal success

    In our business lives, the start of a new fiscal year causes us to look ahead to what we want to accomplish. But I don ...

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  • Three tips to spur innovation

    Economists and business leaders acknowledge that openness to disruption is key to creative innovation, but many companies struggle with it. To get a better understanding ...

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  • The trust factor in sales

    If you want your customer’s trust, you have it earn it. You have to build it. You have to work to consistently keep ...

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  • Stay nimble to nurture success

    Questions about experience are common when a business is on the hunt for a potential agency or firm. ‘How many other health care companies ...

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  • Striding toward a healthier state

    Startups are boldly transforming industries and showing no signs of slowing down. That includes health care, a sector ripe for innovation, thanks to revolutions affecting ...

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  • Strength in sales

    People do business, not social media pages. Don’t get me wrong: I sincerely believe that social media has a great place in any ...

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Where to go when the bank says no

John, I agree with your comment, there are some local small community banks that can think outside the box a little (within the bounds of the regulators), but unfortunately after the crisis allot of these banks have been gobbled up by larger banks. By Glen Weinberg on 2015 04 15

Where to go when the bank says no

Banks are generally corporately owned. In addition to all the regs, they need to answer to the markets-as well as try to insure that the "upper management" stays safe from scrutiny while their stock option values become more valuable. Banks are greedy-period. The only loan they want is a hard money loan-at a lending rate that is outrageous when compared to savings and cd returns. Just another way to kill small business startup and growth in America. And when they falter, they expect the American taxpayer-including that same small business person they turned down for a loan-to bail there greedy posteriors out. I for one, would celebrate the closure of most banks. I went to credit unions long ago and would never use a bank again. By L.F.Long on 2015 04 15

Where to go when the bank says no

The local community bank isn't dead yet. While there has been consolidation, most communities still have at least one Community Bank to work with. You aptly describe the "paint by numbers" banks. Those of us in the Community Bank fold are a little more creative. By John Sneed on 2015 04 15

The futurist: Four laws to manage all our laws

The laws are there to enforce not only on the people; but also to those in office who live as if the law does not apply to them. They all took an OATH OF OFFICE when they became public servants. Their Oath is to support and defind the U.S. Constitution for the united State ofAmerica.....Not US. of America INC. against foreign & DOMESTIC enemies. With fines imposed on one who does not even know they broke a "law" (ordinance, codes) This law is for revenue only. For every public servant who took an oath of office needs to be held accountable. Just go back to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Let these documents stand for what they are suppose to stand for if we wish to see progress in time. Politiicians continually control us with statutes and codes to raise revenue is not law or freedom. Just my opinion of what I have experienced with our current injustice system. By David Coffelt on 2015 04 10

Four steps to great org culture

Thanks, TC. If you are at the top of the heap, culture is formed less "out there" than in your own thoughts and actions. By Todd Ordal on 2015 04 09

The futurist: Four laws to manage all our laws

Absolutely spot on. Regulation has reached the point of diminishing returns. So much so that even some of the regulatory bodies either do not know all of their own regulations or cannot simply enforce them all. However, businesses and individuals are responsible for knowing the laws/regulations and implementing systems of compliance for an unknown eventuality. This creates an undue burden and cost that could be redeployed into providing better products and services. This is not to say that there should be no regulation, as we all know the bad actors need to be held accountable, but they should be few and simple. Creating regulations for EVERY possible eventuality is not feasible. By Stephen Boston on 2015 04 09

The futurist: Four laws to manage all our laws

A very challenging post, Thomas. I would add to your #4 that all law passed must apply equally to all members of the body passing them, as well as to "those people out there." However, in the end, we don't need more laws or better laws, because we still have to enforce them all anyway. We need better people. Better people would require fewer laws, wouldn't they? Since we're in Easter season, I feel free in pointing out that Jesus of Nazareth said there were really only two laws: love God with all you are, and love others as much as you love yourself. Two laws would be sufficient. But that's far too radical for most people, isn't it? By Mark McCulley on 2015 04 09

Four steps to great org culture

Todd, poignant and powerful perspective. I greatly appreciate your ability to view common challenges from a different vantage point. Your number one characteristic, "Look in the mirror …" in my book, would be heavily weighted, it's the critical starting point. By TC North on 2015 04 08

Fish and finance

Very interesting your article, like , have two children and are concerned with this issue since the world today is facing consumerism . As a child my aunt taught me to use a calendar and make notes of my income and expenses and never spend more than it received , as my mother taught me to be honest and always pay my debts . By Jane on 2015 04 04

Lessons on the road to success

Pretty awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing. You are a beacon of light. By Brooke Martellaro on 2015 04 03
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