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The financial planner relationship is a fragile one

Do you cheat on your financial planner? The economic fallout of the past several years sent numerous Americans into the arms of financial planners to seek navigational help toward a prosperous future. Just showing up isn’t enough. You must reconsider all ...

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Be proactive with finances to survive tough market

We all know and sorely miss the “good old days” in which a business owner was able to call his or her banker and ask for more money to purchase assets for the business. The expectation was that the money ...

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A healthier normal: unplugging from technology

Information overload is threatening organizational productivity from the C-suite down. From the Harvard Business Review to McKinsey Quarterly, leadership and organizational experts are not only raising red flags about the need for a disciplined approach to receiving information organization-wide, they ...

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N.J. governor balances work and life in the 21st century

Late last month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a lot of flak for leaving for a family vacation in sunny Disney World when his state experienced a massive snowstorm. Critics charged the governor of being derelict in his duties ...

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Idaho needs more young leaders – work to become one

In our communities and in our businesses, leadership is required to blaze new trails and create a better future. We need more leaders of all ages, but for the purpose of this column, I am focusing on an underrepresented population ...

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Consumer staples positioned well for the recovery

Levolor blinds, Hot Wheels and fragrances such as Wild Elixir could be leading Americans out of recession in 2011. Companies that make such products tend to excel as consumers gain confidence and begin to treat themselves to discretionary items whose ...

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Business cards may be on the way out

I’m in Las Vegas at The Venetian having coffee at Espressamente Illy where they serve (arguably) the world’s best coffee. At the bar, I recognize someone obviously not from America. (Fashion reveals all.) “Where are you from?” I asked. “Belgium,” ...

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