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“People will break stuff; learn to forgive them.” That was just one piece of wisdom that Bud Ahearn, retired Vice Chairman of CH2M HILL and former Air Force Major General, offered to a small gathering of riveted CEOs recently. I was lucky enough to be one of them. “What do you stand for; whom do you stand with; what do you stand on?” he challenged. “How do you build a company that’s going to last 100 years?” Bud was, of course, talking about leadership. Leaders who have the courage to create a vision and aim it high—a vision that inspires and empowers people to discover their full power and potential. By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

B2B marketing and sales trends for 2014
In the rapidly evolving B2B arena, knowing the key trends can help you refine, adjust or enhance your strategy. For B2B sales and marketing professionals who want to improve their practice and results, one of the best things about the holidays is using some of those slower days to reflect on progress, review  the achievements and challenges of the past year, and think ahead to how your strategy can evolve and improve. By Chris Ryan
The Institute of Medicine found that 30 percent of U.S. health care spending in 2009 was waste. That’s $765 billion. And skyrocketing costs have ballooned at a rate that’s more than triple that of wages over the past decade.Many believe information technology is health care’s last hope for reducing waste and capping costs. With more than a trillion dollars worth of fruit hanging from branches of all heights, health care most definitely has the tech world’s full attention. By Eric Peterson

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It is once again the time of year when our minds and hearts turn toward the things for which we are grateful. In this economy, it is sometimes difficult to find those things. Here are a few of the things to be grateful for in today's America. By John Heckers
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Now through Jan. 4: Walker Fine Art  presents “MOND:SEE” featuring mixed media work by Sabin Aell and stainless steel sculpture by Jonathan Hils. This exhibition explores the mystical feeling  when the moon reflects onto water, eerie yet promising. The back gallery has Eric Corrigan screen prints, Katrin Moller paintings and Christopher DeKnikker wood wall reliefs.

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