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The strengths assessment process is an ideal way to identify each individual’s talents and how to best leverage those talents. This allows for a new teamwork structure that optimizes individual talent, creates efficiencies and increases accountability. Think of it as a SWOT analysis on your most valuable resource – your people. Here are a few quick tips and illustrations on the effectiveness of identifying and leveraging strengths. By Mary Kaiser

 
Energizing your investments
The last few years of ups and downs, low rates and global realignments all complicate the question: Where do I put my money? Energy clearly plays a critical role in the economies of industrialized nations but especially in emerging and frontier markets where economic growth is expected to be faster. I believe it’s a sector investors should not ignore. Our portfolios are currently market weighted in energy, approximately 10 percent. By Todd Hauer
 
While the word has undoubtedly earned buzz-worthy status in recent years in Colorado’s professional landscape, where 98 percent of businesses are considered small, entrepreneurship is clearly more than just a trend. As one of the fastest-growing states, Colorado has become a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurs. By Tess Ford

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Every time I delete spam from my inbox, I feel a tiny piece of my life flitter away. Sitting needlessly at stoplights, or watching the minutes tick away as I wait in some line, or being forced to fill out yet another form, our precious time is being co-opted by everyone from inconsiderate businesses to overbearing government to painful security checks at the airport. This is what I call “time pollution.” By Tom Frey
 
 
 
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