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Who is the ‘glue’ in your organization?

In any organization, employees take on different roles, some of which are perceived as core to the organization’s goals. For instance, the work of surgeons in hospitals and pilots in airlines is recognized as critically important, and is usually compensated ...

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Improve your capacity to innovate (access required)

I recently read that one-third of lawyers in firms of at least 50 attorneys were pessimistic about adapting to the challenges and changes facing them. Lawyers face problems generating sufficient revenue and operating efficiently, and those are difficult problems to ...

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Turn office drama into active engagement (access required)

There’s a reason the TV sitcom “The Office” and the “Dilbert” cartoon strip resonate with us: these iconic works use satire to expose or criticize decisions, judgments or vices in the workplace. They pinpoint, in exaggerated or outrageous ways, relatable ...

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Don’t increase your odds of winning the audit lottery

This commentary addresses an issue affecting nearly any Idaho company that maintains a retirement or medical plan.  The Form 5500 is an annual federal tax filing due for most plans by July 31 (or October 15 if extended, which most ...

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This is what progress looks like

When I started working at IBR in 2010, there were so many empty parking spaces in BoDo that you could have parked a semitruck and trailer parallel to the sidewalk on Broad Street at midday. Back then, positive business stories ...

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A look at cross-plan offsetting (access required)

A federal appellate court will soon decide whether UnitedHealth’s method of reimbursing medical providers violates ERISA, which is the federal law that, among other things, governs employer-sponsored health plans. Specifically at issue in Peterson v. UnitedHealth is United’s practice of ...

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‘Wayfair:’ for small online retailers, future is uncertain (access required)

On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court upended the online retail industry, giving states the power to force online retailers to collect sales tax from sales to consumers. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Wayfair overruled 50 years of precedent ...

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Law innovation demystified (access required)

I recently read that one-third of lawyers in firms of at least 50 attorneys were pessimistic about adapting to the challenges and changes facing them. Lawyers face problems generating sufficient revenue and operating efficiently, and those are difficult problems to ...

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Smoothness specifications present wake-up call for contractors (access required)

In some recent national surveys of road users, drivers have listed smooth pavements as their top preferred highway characteristic. Such road surfaces not only make for a more comfortable ride, but also provide safety and longer-lasting transportation routes. These smooth ...

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Don’t feel guilty about setting boundaries (access required)

Most professionals I coach have diverse and demanding roles. They define vision and strategy, generate and track budgets and schedules, run meetings, ensure clients are satisfied, provide subject matter expertise to solve complex issues, guide their teams, and make difficult ...

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