Commentary

A new corporate responsibility

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough A problem with America’s workforce began on Nov. 10, 1969. It began by introducing the world to a cast of characters that would become cultural icons. It began by trying to harness the power of television for the greater good. It began on “Sesame Street.” Initially, “Sesame Street” wanted to prepare children
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Add meaning to the noise

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Time seems to be moving faster. As a kid I remember days moving slowly and summers lasting forever. Now as an adult, days blend together in a blur and summers fly by at warp speed. While pondering the passage of time, I began to wonder what causes this phenomenon. Then, while researching
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Seven business trends for the new year

Dec 20th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough As the new year approaches, I can’t help but wonder what the future will bring. For those interested in the political arena, the new year holds as much promise as it does dread (depending on your party affiliation). Yet, the business world continues to move forward at an ever increasing pace. This
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A foundation for success

Dec 13th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently I climbed Mt. Borah, the highest peak in Idaho, with my oldest son. Against his wishes we started out before dawn with the goal of being close to the summit when the sun came up. It was a clear night and the stars lit our path as we wound our way
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Making better decisions

Dec 6th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Each week as I sit down to write this article I sift through a file of article ideas. Choosing the topic for the week can be a challenge. Sometimes the choice is easy because I have an idea that has to get out of my head. Yet, other weeks are difficult because
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Pocatello Co-op talks long-term strategy

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By
PocatelloCoop

By Janna Graham, Pocatello Co-Op Outreach Coordinator At the Pocatello Co-op’s annual meeting and potluck on October 15, Co-op members, staff, Board representatives, and friends gathered to talk about the dramatic highs and lows of the past year, as well as how to maintain a vital and responsive cooperative organization in the long term. Board
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Three Keys To Being Present

Nov 22nd, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Last week I read an article, 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. by Benjamin P. Hardy. Hardy’s point was to get out of survival mode and return to the fundamentals of life. The article struck a chord in me. Especially when Hardy quoted Bilbo Baggins’ observation that we are
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Five Family Discussions for This Year’s Holiday Gathering

Nov 21st, 2016 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon Contributor The holidays are a hectic time; the onslaught of shopping, gift wrapping and cooking can leave little room for anything else. And yet, the holiday season can be an ideal time for some of those weighty financial conversations you’ve been putting off. Now that everyone’s gathered together, pour a glass of
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Farmers Markets Play Important Role in Idaho Economy

Nov 20th, 2016 | By
Randy Shumway (Submitted Photo)

By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor November marks the end of harvest season, which culminates in the celebration of Thanksgiving. Amid the sugary pies and turkey bowl games, we shouldn’t overlook the impact of Idaho’s farmers markets, which brought in more than $4.2 million in annual sales in 2015, according to the Idaho Farmers
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Do you have a reality distortion field?

Nov 15th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I consider myself a glass half-full kind of person; I’m always looking for the silver linings in the clouds. Recently I was contemplating the age-old practice of setting goals, when I remembered a lesson learned from Steve Jobs. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, I learned that Steve had the ability to
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