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Get the Crayons Out and Get to Work

Do you want to be a “good corporate citizen,” occupy the “executive suite,” or go super-charged by taking an “extreme job” to earn the really big bucks? It’s no easy choice. On the extreme end of the spectrum are “over-achieving road warriors,” whose income ratchets them up the lifestyle scale of a champagne chaser. Not […]

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New Speak in the Capitalist World?

Business Book Review by Constance Devereaux Shaking his fingers, face in a frown, a former professor always cautioned us to avoid the “sloppy thinking” evident in our “sloppy speaking.” He believed most people, students especially, were guilty of vague and ambiguous expressions in everyday speech, with negative consequences for thinking and decision-making. Over the past […]

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Economic Factors Affecting Construction in Flagstaff

A career in the construction industry was named as one of the worst jobs for 2011.   I thought we should explore the economic trends that contribute to this dubious distinction. Should we be looking for the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? Between 2001 and 2004, jobs in construction rose steadily and […]

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Check It Out – Libraries A Central Gathering Place

In these trying times, it may seem difficult to find ways to entertain or educate yourself and your children on a limited budget. Look no further! The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library and the East Flagstaff Community Library both have tons of free stuff to check out and plenty of activities designed to educate, inform […]

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Work–The Gift That Keeps Giving

If you missed Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin (Penguin Books), when it was first released last June, there’s still time to make it part of your January list of resolutions. In fact, as our economy hiccups back to life in the new year, and employers realize it is okay to start hiring again, Godin’s book offers […]

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Driving Forces Behind Flagstaff’s Commercial Real Estate

       2010 has been a kinder year for commercial real estate here in our beautiful mountain town. We have seen prices stabilize and even rise a little bit in certain sectors. Investors are still hiding. but owner/users are seeing opportunities. Vacancies are still very high but decreasing. New development does not exist, but this […]

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Healthy and Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

What is the big deal with New Year’s Resolutions anyway? Every year, a whole bunch of people make up their minds – or trick themselves into believing they have made up their minds – to do something great for themselves. This is a particularly big event in the realm of fitness, and I have heard […]

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Business Reads for Beyond the Holidays

    Hey, Santa! If you’re reading this, here’s what I want for Christmas. One of those wine club deals with a caseload of connoisseur selections each month. Then, a big old easy chair next to a roaring fire, a smoking jacket-style robe (in feminine colors, of course), and a nice assortment of books to […]

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The Truth About Motivation

  The BelleWether Group   In our last article, we discussed making customer service part of your business plan and strategy. In wrapping up, we touched briefly on rewards and recognition for your staff and customers who display the desired behaviors and attitudes, which is where we would like to continue. Many of our clients have […]

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