Commentary

What’s your Focus?

Apr 25th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough In 1984, the Chinese Ping Pong team dominated the Olympics. After winning the gold medal, one of the young champion’s coaches was interviewed for the strategy employed to win the tournament.  He told the story of how early in the young champion’s career, they discovered he had a great forehand, but no
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It’s OK to be great

Apr 18th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently I received an angry email from a millennial who reads my column. The reader had taken issue with some of my comments about millennials in the workplace. The closing statement, “There will always be the bad eggs of every generation that make us look bad. Please don’t judge us because we
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The beauty of trudging

Apr 11th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough There are many aspects to success and everyone’s definition is different. Marianne Williamson’s poem, “Our Deepest Fear,” expresses an often-overlooked stumbling block to success—our fear of standing out. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not
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The duplicity of shame

Apr 4th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Strangers often approach me to say they read my column. I am grateful for their feedback as it inspires me to keep going. Though this column is one that I hope will inspire, I am nervous as I let my fingers dance over the keys. I have been working on a leadership
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Why I stopped reading motivational stuff

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough This week I came across an interesting account by entrepreneur Noah Kagen. He shared the experience of walking out of a Tony Robbins seminar. Kagen’s comments were honest and heartfelt. They were a mixture of applause and shock which gave rise to a nagging thought. I have never been one to partake
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Otter: Modernize oil and gas laws and protect landowner rights

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter

  By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and House Speaker Scott Bedke Legislation working its way through the Capitol in the 2017 session’s waning days would provide Idaho, as a relatively new producer of oil and gas, with the protections and expertise it needs to safely and responsibly nurture and regulate this emerging industry. House Bill
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SBA Tools Can Help Entrepreneurs Survive and Thrive

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Rob McMinn

By Rob McMinn, Pocatello Financial Center Manager Zions Bank Approximately 97 percent of businesses in Idaho qualify as small businesses. They play a fundamental role by helping to build the economy and create jobs. Small businesses — defined as those with fewer than 500 workers — start up at a rate of over 500,000 per
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5 Ways to Maximize Your Tax Savings

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon/Journey Financial Services I know people dread tax season, but I didn’t realize the extent of that dread until I read the results of a 2016 WalletHub Survey. According to the data, 27 percent of Americans would rather get an IRS tattoo than pay taxes. Another 11 percent would prefer to spend three
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Access to Good Food

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham/Pocatello Co-op Outreach Coordinator  In normal usage, we use “good” to describe food with a pleasing taste.  Although personal preferences vary, fat, salt, and sugar taste good to most of us, to the point where it seems little else matters about the food products we consume.  Junk food and drinks are comfortingly abundant
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Touching Center

Mar 7th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Balance—you hear about the need to have work/life balance all the time. Yet, balance is hard to find and even harder to keep. The problem is that achievement requires a measure of imbalance. Consider pursuing mastery in a chosen field. Mastery comes at a price; there are sacrifices to make, imbalances to
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