Insight News

Oct 10th


Scams, schemes and frauds: Six reasons we fall for them

The saying goes: "There's a sucker born every minute." Whether it's a religious sighting, the latest diet or gadget that promises fast weight loss, the newest real estate get rich approach, a charity fundraising effort, or a sweepstakes prize, it's not surprising that so many of us fall for scams, schemes and frauds. It's only human nature.

Minnesota Banks honored for community involvement

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized twenty-one Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

Chad Johnston to helm of SPNN

Chad Johnston to helm of SPNNFollowing an extensive nationwide hiring process, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) has named Chad Johnston from The People's Channel in Durham, N.C. as the organization's new executive director.

INROADS names Michael T. Holmes COO

INROADS names Michael T. Holmes COOINROADS, Inc., the nation's largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships, has appointed Michael T. Holmes as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Grieving, depression affect work performance

Grieving, depression affect work performanceWe almost had to let him go. Steve was forgetting everything. He forgot to check messages and forgot to return calls. He read emails and didn’t respond. When asked about work that should have been completed, Steve just shrugged and gave us a deer-in-the-headlights, what-am-I-doing-here kind of stare. He was confused and the rest of the team was frustrated. A co-worker complained, “It’s like the day his mother died, Steve checked out.” Aha. Steve was grieving.

No substitute for commitment: Part one of a two part series

No substitute for commitment: Part one of a two part seriesSuccessful fundraising for a nonprofit requires the full commitment of board members, the executive director, staff, and volunteer leadership. Without this commitment, it is very difficult to meet fundraising goals. People may say they are committed and that is good. What is more important is the extent to which people embody that commitment. 

Starting a business? Know what you need to know

Starting a business? Know what you need to knowFor fun, education and breakfast, once a month a group of twenty or so hopeful souls meets to discuss their plans to start new businesses. The conversations are fascinating and I am alternately awed and perplexed by the amount of time and money people put into getting things started in Minnesota. Their exchanges cover ideas useful to anyone launching a new venture.
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