Posts made in January, 2016


Businesses today operate in a climate of frequent government intervention in the marketplace, and must be prepared to evaluate the changes brought by new regulations, and then respond quickly in order to remain profitable. Regulations may be designed to increase costs or even seek to eliminate a product or service. This may force companies out of the market, or cause them to abandon a profitable line of business, if that product or...

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“He wasn’t a very good farmer,” my grandmother would often tell me about her own father, “so he was very happy that I married a man who came from a successful farming family, your grandfather.” My maternal great, great grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe to homestead in the Dakota Territory in 1862. They came to escape the societal limitations and political dangers they faced, and risked everything to come to America. Both...

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Have you ever worked for a company who hired an outside consultant to fill a role that you believed you were qualified to fill? Maybe you were even so bold as to make sure that your boss knew that you wanted that promotion and were excited and eager to take on new responsibilities. But in the end, the boss hired an outside consultant—a “gunslinger from out of town.” There’s nothing wrong with hiring an outside consultant. In fact, I’m...

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Most experienced leaders will have a business plan ready to begin 2016, but does your plan inspire the passion of those who will be asked to see it through in the months to come? I’ll never forget the comments made by the department dean, to my daughter’s physical therapy assistant graduating class, “There are few occupations in this world where your touch is a part of someone’s healing, and you have the privilege of being in one.” I...

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