Commentary

Leadership lessons from ‘Sesame Street’

Sep 19th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Nov. 10, 1969, was the day we first met Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and Grover. ‘Sesame Street,’ a giant departure from the existing children’s programming, sought to teach children by using educational curriculum and goals as the “script” for each episode. ‘Sesame Street’ has evolved through
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The mediocrity effect

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Lately, I have spent considerable time reflecting on the statement, “A meeting moves at the pace of the slowest mind in the room.” Having sat through countless meetings, I tend to agree with the premise. Yet, thinking past the initial acceptance of the thought, I began to wonder what lies behind it.
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Why a Winning Financial Plan is Multigenerational

Sep 10th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

  By Jennifer Landon/Financial Planner A great financial plan might begin with an individual or a couple, but it doesn’t end there. A great financial plan also takes into account a spouse, children, grandchildren or anyone else that might be included in your legacy. Currently, we are in the midst of the greatest wealth transfer
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Student Loans in America – The Next Debt Crisis?

Sep 9th, 2017 | By
Robert Spendlove

By Robert Spendlove/Zions Bank’s Economic and Public Policy Officer Household debt is on the rise in America. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt has risen steadily for 11 consecutive quarters. Total household debt is now approaching $13 trillion, and has surpassed the previous peak of $12.68 trillion in 2008. The
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Commentary: Retail store openings increase in 2017

Sep 4th, 2017 | By

By Mark Mathews, Vice President of Research Development and Industry Analysis National Retail Federation As the “retail apocalypse” canard continues to grab the odd headline in the media, the data and the facts are consistently telling us quite a different story: a story of an industry in transition, but still growing. The most recent retail sales
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Business Spotlight: Eagle Tennis Club

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
ETC indoor tennis

By Mountain America Credit Union Being an entrepreneur is more than just having a great idea. It’s about having the passion to see it through to fruition. Kara Hoge has that passion. About eight years ago, after a bout with breast cancer, Kara was looking for a new way to be active. She decided to
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Harvest Time

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham/Contributor The fall season has traditionally marked a shift from the hard work of summer into the more reflective and restful winter months. In the past, people focused on enjoying fall’s abundance, as well as harvesting and preserving the plentiful supply of vegetables, fruits, and game that characterize the season.  The work of
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Scammers skip the ‘Do Not Call List.’

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
PhoneStock

Here are a few ways you can protect yourself when scammers don’t play by the Do Not Call rules. By Emily Valla/ BBB Northwest You’re on the Do Not Call list. You are careful where you give out your phone number. Yet, it seems like no matter what you try, scam calls just won’t stop!
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Just give me the bad news straight up

Aug 29th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Picture a paramedic rushing a severely injured patient into the ER and a waiting doctor asking, “What’s going on?” The paramedic, rather than giving the doctor the bullet (a bullet-point list of what is going on medically) launches into a story about how the patient was minding his own business when …
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The key to getting started

Aug 15th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough My son watches a popular show called “The Office.” It is a parody on life in the business world. I can’t stand to watch it, but occasionally they do a bit that strikes close to home and I find myself transfixed. In a recent episode, the manager, Michael Scott, discusses getting started
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