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Lessons from mediation for the world of politics (access required)

Professional polls across the country and the world reflect a lot more agreement among the populace with the outlines of President Donald Trump’s proposed policies than his detractors would like to believe. They also reflect a lot more anxiety about ...

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Real estate analyst: adapt or perish

In the unlikely event that anybody in the real estate business  has been sitting back and relaxing as the local economy churns with unparalleled growth, BOMA’s real estate symposium February 14 should serve as a wake-up call. The Building Owners ...

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Going global is now a necessity (access required)

January is long gone, and the resolutions lie like the rumpled clothes atop the stationary bike. We are back into our routine, potentially derailing the tremendous accomplishments planned for 2017. After all, insanity is doing the same thing you’ve always ...

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The sky’s the limit with cloud-based accounting (access required)

The beginning of the year is the best time for businesses to cleanly make any changes, such as policy, service providers, and especially accounting systems. Over the past several years, more and more small to medium-size businesses have been making ...

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Idaho women leaders: Step up, step out and lead

Women have kind of been in the news lately. To the tune of millions taking part in the Women’s March on Jan. 21 around the globe. In Boise, nearly 7,000 marched in downtown Boise from the Statehouse to the steps ...

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After recession, focus is on better, not bigger (access required)

Over the past several years, I have shared observations of the construction industry at different points in the recovery from the Great Recession. We now find ourselves going full speed, with more work and opportunity than we have resources. As ...

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Rolling the dice on the Affordable Care Act (access required)

A column discussing the Affordable Care Act is a recipe for immediate obsolescence, right? Perhaps, but the more likely outcome is that we will see the ACA rules on the books for a few months while possibilities for repeal and ...

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Artificial intelligence: The present and future (access required)

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil popularized the Terminator-like moment he called the “singularity,” when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. While AI has been at the heart of many science fiction stories, a growing chorus of tech experts, including Elon Musk, ...

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The complexity of tolerance in the workplace (access required)

Recently I was confronted with the duality of tolerance; and I’ve recognized that both interpretations can be equally powerful in fostering a culture of accountability, camaraderie and respect. Interpretation no. 1: To allow or permit; to refrain from interfering with or ...

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No pressure, but this early-morning decision affects thousands

For the top brass at the Boise School District, making a decision that will affect many thousands of people comes down to getting up in the middle of the night to drive around town. That’s what Superintendent Don Coberly, Deputy ...

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