Commentary

5 reasons why you should develop good financial habits early In Your Career

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
Jennifer Landon

Jennifer Landon/Commentary The recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing Idaho leads the nation in job growth is great news for our state, its businesses and its workers. With jobs in hand, it might not be time for all of these new hires to start thinking about retiring, but it’s never too
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Hitting the fast forward button

Jul 12th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough During my weekly surf of the internet I discovered an upsetting new trend. Current belief says attention spans are shrinking at alarming rates and the pace of life moves faster every day. As society moves forward, a simmering conflict—sometimes internal, sometimes external—grows between the past and the future. This week I learned
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When good turns bad

Jul 5th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

  By Jeff Hough People often ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” after witnessing tragic events. A more interesting question may be just the opposite: “Why do good people do bad things?” This is a much deeper subject with fascinating aspects. The bad things that I am referring to aren’t major acts
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Talent Recruiting Strategies

Jun 29th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough At a recent conference session, Cultivating Top Talent: Innovation and Collaboration, presented by senior level executives from 3M, GE, ADP and Phillips, I learned how some of America’s largest companies deal with the talent issues facing their organizations. One of the first things discussed was the need to define who you are
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Beware of ‘U.S. Marshal’ scam calls

Jun 27th, 2016 | By
PhoneScams

By Dale Dixon The idea of having a warrant out for your arrest can be a scary thought. So when a phone call comes in, claiming to be from a Deputy United States Marshal, you may feel like you need to take action. The caller explains there is a pending warrant and you must call
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Is Networking the Most Important Business Skill?

Jun 21st, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Have you ever played the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?  The concept behind the game is simple, name an actor in Hollywood then find the shortest path connecting them to Kevin Bacon.  For example, if actor A worked with actor B, who then worked with actor C, I would in six
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Productivity and America’s intellectual decline

Jun 14th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough America’s got a problem. I’m not referring to the current state of politics or the shifting moral values surrounding the debate about which bathroom .001% of the population should use. The real problem impacts both discussions and threatens to undermine the core that makes the American workforce great. In July of 2015,
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The Deep Dive

Jun 7th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I can identify with this quote from one of my favorite movies, “I don’t read so good.” There is so much information swirling around me each day that I am worse than a kid in a candy store trying to sample as much possible before I decide what I really want. Every
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The key to sleeping at night when the stock market is tossing and turning

Jun 1st, 2016 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon Commentary The stock market can be a scary place, especially in recent years. Volatility reigns supreme, and 2016 does not look to be any different; U.S. stocks posted the worst January performance since 2009 and on April 28 the Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 1 percent for the first
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Entering ‘The Matrix’

May 31st, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough My choice as one of the greatest movies of all time premiered in 1999 and introduced us to “The Matrix,” the world behind our world that runs the computer program that we live in. I remember walking out of that movie wondering what just happened and questioning my very existence. It was
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