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If you were to take the next minute and write down your dreams, how many would you write? Would you get two, five, eight or maybe even 0? Why is that? Why, as adults, have we stopped dreaming or, worst ...

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Budgeting for carbon in construction projects

In the construction field, there recently has been emphasis on obtaining “net zero energy” (often referred to as NZE or net zero metering) for both new and existing buildings. However, depending on the materials used, the way we achieve net ...

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The seasonal risk of mutual funds: capital gain distributions

Mutual funds have many virtues, and a few serious flaws. One such flaw is their propensity to bleed investment returns due to their inherent tax inefficiency. This is a problem that manifests itself seasonally — and that season is upon ...

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Successful strategies for managing telecommuters

“Like many, our company is embracing telecommuting more than ever and leaves it up to managers to decide who can take advantage of the policy. Some people on my team are doing it successfully, but we have some new people ...

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Is unlimited paid time off panacea or pitfall? We’re trying it

Quick: How do you think our team members responded when we announced we were going to give unlimited paid time off (PTO) a try? If you’re like me, you’re thinking there were wild cheers, hooting and hollering, and maybe even ...

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The importance of becoming a worthy collaborator

A team’s capacity to deliver impacts a client’s experiences, an employer’s reputation, operational efficiencies and effectiveness, and profitability. Resilient teams are essential for organizational health. That’s why I’ve been working with clients to develop stronger and more adept teams. In ...

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Relaxing the rules for business writing (access required)

Some live by the saying “rules are meant to be broken,” while others follow rules to the letter. Grammar gurus and lawyers alike typically fall into the latter camp. After all, the rules of writing, style and grammar are there ...

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