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Money Management: Despite strong economy, federal deficit soars (access required)

One item that seems to have been forgotten, or at least received very little press coverage, is that despite having a very strong economy, the federal deficit is going up at a time it would be expected to be dropping. ...

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This intellectual property is worth a lot of Bitcoin: What’s protecting this disruptive blockchain technology?

Blockchain is a decentralized database, often referred to as a distributed ledger where transactions are confirmed and recorded. The system is sturdy and secure, as information cannot be altered once it is entered into the ledger. By checking the blockchain ...

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Strong mentorship key to develop leadership skills

Throughout my career, both in technology organizations and now as a principal consultant focused on the organizational health movement, I have seen experienced executives and rookie leaders alike make the same leadership mistakes over and over. In fact, I made ...

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Autonomous vehicles could drive some employers crazy

You may not have realized it yet, but we’re experiencing a unique convergence of multiple trends that will ensure that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon change life as we know it. Vehicles are becoming more electrified and connected with one ...

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New DOL opinion letters offer employers guidance (access required)

After nearly a 10-year hiatus, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued three formal opinion letters, setting forth its views on various wage-and-hour issues addressed to the WHD by interested parties. Opinion letters represent official WHD ...

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Research leads retail interior trends

New research is yielding data that helps us determine how retailers can best meet shoppers’ emotional and behavioral needs. Preferences change over time, and retail interior design needs to change all the time too. Market changes, such as a growth ...

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Prosperity Policy: Doing good and doing well (access required)

One of America’s most successful businessmen grew up in the mountains of eastern Turkey with herds of sheep and goats, making yogurt and cheese. Now, Hamdi Ulukaya is the founder and chief executive of Chobani, the top-selling brand of Greek ...

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The Freedom to Move (access required)

Every day, hundreds of thousands of people travel across the Treasure Valley for jobs, education, commerce and socializing. How we travel directly influences the opportunities available to us. Freedom to move is a core element of personal freedom. Congestion and ...

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Independent retailers are the city’s ambassadors

Independent retailers are driven by a passion for the products that are available in their stores and the needs of the community they live in. At our shop, every book on our shelves is there because someone on our staff ...

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The Unsalesperson: Recognize these models of selfless giving (access required)

They are everywhere, and they are nowhere. Their integrity is above reproach. And they are honest to a fault. These sleeping giants – an affectionate term I don’t mind admitting I’ve borrowed from friends more creative than I – move ...

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