Silence hurts, and sometimes it kills | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Silence hurts, and sometimes it kills | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Silence! You ask a question to the group assembled in front of you, your team, and the response is silence. “Any questions?” you ask. Again, silence. The meeting is over and you leave with an expectation of, what? The thought running through your mind is familiar, “I know they don’t agree with what [...]

Support for Overstreet in election | Letter to the editor

Filed on 12. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

At a time when bullying is one of the most highly publicized problems in our schools, you have a chance to stand up to the biggest bully of them all: the central planners that reject personal freedom, natural rights and private property. I reject the false dichotomy presented by the right and the left. Come [...]

Stock and steak | Ben Esget

Filed on 10. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Stock and steak | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  I love grilling steaks. My favorite cut is the New York Strip, but any good cut of meat will do just fine. For years, I had trouble getting my steaks the right consistency; you know, the one with the steakhouse crust on the outside and perfect medium rare in the middle. I [...]

What we have here is a failure to communicate | Mike Cook

Filed on 02. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

What we have here is a failure to communicate | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Earlier this week, I was going over some verbatim comments from an employee engagement survey conducted by one of my clients—actually, I was looking at just one department. What I took particular notice of was the passion that came through, especially in the comments that were critical of my client’s company. The history of [...]

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn, Part 2 | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 27. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn, Part 2 | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  Using LinkedIn for business-to-business networking was the topic of last month’s column. Seven tips, along with navigation pointers, were shared to help readers get started. This month’s column features business-to-consumer networking, a tip for expanding your network and information about engaging. Let’s start with the idea of using LinkedIn for business-to-consumer networking. Local [...]

The estate and succession planning deadline | Ben Esget

Filed on 26. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The estate and succession planning deadline | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  The end of 2012 marks a serious deadline for high net worth households. For 2011 and 2012, the amount that a person can transfer either during life or at death while avoiding gift and estate taxes has been increased to $5 million. This means that until the end of this year, a [...]

The power of anecdotes | Mike Cook

Filed on 18. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The power of anecdotes | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  We love numbers, percentages, anything that lets us seemingly quantify features of life, especially in our businesses that make us feel better about ourselves. We survey our employees, seeking information on overall satisfaction and levels of engagement. We survey our customers searching for the same feedback. Who hasn’t been asked for the “A,” or [...]

The real deal on real estate | Ben Esget

Filed on 12. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The real deal on real estate | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  For some time I have thought of real estate as having a cult-like following. People talking about real estate seem to share commonalities with those looking for the mothership—reason goes out the window. Lately it seems that everyone sees real estate as the investment of choice, which offers the highest rate of [...]

Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

Filed on 11. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

Mitigating the new Medicare surtax | Kira Bravo

by Kira Bravo Tax Manager, Moss Adams LLP While some elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, many of the biggest changes are still to come, including a 3.8 percent Medicare surtax that will hit certain taxpayers on Jan. 1, 2013. Who is affected? The surtax will apply to individuals and [...]

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

Filed on 04. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

What is the value of the fearless employee? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Somehow in recent years it seems we’ve made empowerment and engagement into “black box” processes shrouded in mystique and worthy of perpetual research, not to mention the source of income for a large number of consulting groups. What if we simply made both aspects of work far less complex and tried something that [...]

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