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  • Best of CoBiz: Eight signs it’s time to exit the corporate jungle

     If you're not cut out for corporate America, don't think that you are stuck there just because you've been there. You' ...

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  • Best Companies to Work For 2014

    Why are we so interested in catching a glimpse of the inner workings of other professional environments? Can it really be that much better to ...

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  • Make or break relationships this holiday season

    We actually are biologically wired for empathetic responses along with the ability to read and respond to other people’s emotions. Mirror neurons were ...

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  • Six reasons to add live chat to your website

    You’ve seen that little chat box on websites you frequent. You may even have used the live chat function on a consumer or ...

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  • Shine a year-end spotlight on your finances

    A year-end financial review can be instrumental to your future financial success. However, you may not want to wait until the end of the year ...

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  • Executive edge: Diedra Garcia

    Diedra Garcia, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver (and a ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year finalist) was born in ...

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  • Down with the corporate selfie!

    What do you want to see go out of style this year?  Kale?  Skrillex?  Kim Kardashian?  Here’s one I ...

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  • The gift of great hires

    The process of finding the right people is not easy, and employment law is a minefield. As employer, following employment “rules” is a ...

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  • Executive wheels: MINI but mighty

    On a recent visit to a Colorado small town, I saw an old MINI, the British one with the right-drive, and I marveled at how ...

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  • The impact of lower oil prices

    You may have noticed that you are paying a lot less at the gas pump then you were even a month ago. To put things ...

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Human resources: an exec’s worst enemy

As a 23 year old mastermind intellectual, I find it depressing that corporations - with their internationally acclaimed precedence - hire fools and clowns such as HR It is as safe to say that 2/3 of the HR people are entirely blind to, "personal" perspectives. And as a result always wish to find a square peg for the square hole, and not a round peg for a square hole to actually innovate. Whatever "perfect" you want - there cannot be a perfect candidate. So you must train them. That's another thing! 2/3rd of the HR populous are lazy ass's who don't train their professionals upon hiring. That says something. If you're stupid enough to "Look for the perfect candidate" and at the same time not train a POTENTIAL perfect candidate. you are wasting as much as time for the company for "Human RESOURCES" as you are claiming would-be perfect candidates as inferior. By Amir Ali on 2014 12 21

What do Dominos and an appraiser have in common?

Good article, but I would disagree on values with appraisers coming in inflated at 20%. I think most real estate brokers with highly disagree with this statement. The mess created by the supposed "appraisal pool" and how they now do things is totally bazaar! Most people know appraisals are only done, for the most part, for lenders- so beware and be prepared as the article suggests. By Fred R Schneider on 2014 12 19

The Economist: Businesses are hiring...

You too can land a low paying job and pay a 30% tax rate while spending more time away from your family and any recreation. It's the American way. By Steven Shepard on 2014 12 17

The gift of great hires

Employers who make unreasonable demands from potential employees prior to employment deserve no loyalty or performance after employment. Background checks, credit checks, certifications, drug tests and citizenship verification for a 'job' are intrusive and rude and it is time American workers draw the line on this vulgar HR practice. By Steven Shepard on 2014 12 16

Small Biz: Nearing 80, Joe Sabah still motivates

I have known Joe for over 30 years. One of the all-time good guys. Thanks for doing the story on him. By Ronald Ross on 2014 12 16

More on the great AI debate

Well written article. How can boldness be programmed into AI? I have been a life-long admirer of Alexander the Great. How can his boldness be programmed into any AI? Is that even desirable given the fact that even Alexander's greatest defenders are quick to point out that he was a dangerous Psychopath who killed most of his closest friends and associates. how can AI benefit the world when most people in the world refuse to lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. They simply are there and every organization, military or civilian, must get the most out of these people. Will AI make those of us still working so efficient that most of us will have to be paid to do nothing? Already in our evolution no industry, including agriculture and mining, is labor intensive. I think AI will accelerate this trend. What do you think? By Paul Studdard on 2014 12 15

Measuring success

Todd's comments about metrics AND goal-setting are helpful. The sentence " If you are passionate about solving your customers’ problems and use this as a strategic differentiator, then you better have a way to identify how well you are doing this" leaves us with the question, "What would those metrics be?" How would you measure what success looks like or doesn't? By Mark McCulley on 2014 12 12

Executive wheels: BMW fail

Given theauthor's bias I'm surprised he was asked to evaluate the car. His basic premise that the operating the M4 in the city at normal speeds is very unexciting is flawed. While true, that's not the reason to own this car, and city streets are the worst place to test it. I drove 3 different M class cars at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg and it is amazing what they are capable of. I've never driven cars that had the acceleration, suspension, turning, and braking characteristics of the M class cars, while simultaneously allowing the driver to feel totally safe in a very stable, ground-hugging vehicle. As I read the article I surmised that perhaps the author might have the same disdain for the numerous SUVs on the market that weren't designed for city streets either. My conclusion? RIght car, wrong interviewer. Let him test and review 4 cylinder city sedans in the future! By Jerry Maglio on 2014 12 11

Social media is hurting your business

Thanks for the follow up. Figured you might have felt that way. Social Media is like any tool in that if you use a hammer when you should have used a screwdriver - you're going to fail... wink By Sean Campbell on 2014 12 10

Maine attraction

excellent article. i love to see American Ingenuity hard at work. Congrats Doug and Nancy on your success will stop by next time I'm in Northern Colorado By Glen on 2014 12 10
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