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Feb 09th


Minor tasks and major decisions: Set a deadline

Minor tasks and major decisions: Set a deadlineOver twelve weeks, my friend Robin is journeying through six rounds of chemotherapy.  She knows clearly the day and date of that last treatment.  She knows what percentage is completed and how many treatments remain.  And she understands her responsibility in the process; one bad cold can throw that deadline out the window if it delays a scheduled treatment.

Jason’s unemployment ends exactly twenty six weeks after it began.  That end date is emblazoned on his mind.  By then, Jason wants to be sitting behind a computer somewhere, earning a paycheck.  He knows without thinking about it exactly how much time remains and what he needs to accomplish before that deadline. 

Are you in job jail?

Are you in job jail?The phenomenon of underemployment affects nearly twice as many Americans as unemployment, and the underemployment rate for Americans has leapt from just under 10% in 2007 to nearly 18% in 2010. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, underemployment is a category that includes, but is not limited to, people who are unemployed, or who have a job but still cannot make ends meet.

Now Audrey LeGrand, a human resource expert has authored guide called How To Get Out of Job Jail: Eight Ways To Have The Career You’ve Always Wanted. (

Better Business Bureau Offers Tips for Hiring a Professional Organizer

The start of a new year kindles enthusiasm in some homeowners to create a more organized household.  But when it comes time to actually do the work, we realize organization takes more time and patience than most of us have.  We may need the help of a professional organizer. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers advice to homeowners before they hire someone to come into their homes to sort through confidential paperwork and valuables.

“Organizing our homes is an important task and often helps us feel happier in our surroundings,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB.  “But you want to be certain you understand what an organizer does – and doesn’t – do, and how he or she operates before you allow them access to your home.” 

First-of-its-kind business plan for Minneapolis–Saint Paul

Mayor Chris Coleman (Saint Paul) and Mayor R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis), last week, gave a presentation on ‘metropolitan business planning’ in the Twin Cities metro area at the Brookings Institute’s Global Metro Summit in Chicago.

Global Metro Summit is an initiative sponsored by the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program, the London School of Economics, the Alfred Herrhausen Society and Time Magazine to promote efforts across the globe that position metropolitan areas as innovative engines of economic growth.

Rapid growth continues for ALANA firms

Minnesota—now’s time for a new vision—ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) capital will make Minnesota a global competitor. These firms are rebuilding the inner city, expanding the high tech corridors and creating jobs and wealth in Minnesota.

Interesting and encouraging trends are revealed in the Economic Census, 2007, on ALANA businesses in Minnesota. For example, during the period 2002–2007, the number of minority owned firms grew 43% compared to 12% for all firms in Minnesota. Blacks own the largest number firms among the minorities, followed by Asians.

Getting your banker to say “yes”

“If you own a business or are thinking of starting one, chances are you will have to deal with a banker. The best way to deal with a banker is to know what they are thinking and what they are wanting,” says Greg Morse, co-author of the book Getting to YES With Your Banker: A Practical Guide for Small Business Owners, published by Mike French, Inc.

Morse, founder and CEO of Worthington National Bank in Tarrant County, Texas, partnered with Ron Sturgeon, Fort Worth commercial property developer, entrepreneur and author, to write this sometimes-humorous, always-helpful guide to obtaining financing for your business.

Public Speaking: You’ll live through it.

Public Speaking:  You’ll live through it.Eat glass, pay taxes, be locked in a box with snakes, or die… these are a few things most people would choose to do rather than speaking in public.  Yet, only the most reclusive of us gets through life without ever giving a toast, running a meeting or making a presentation.  So, why the irrational fear of speaking in front of a crowd?  And how can a person get over it?

Presentation Trainer Olivia Mitchell describes three reasons humans dread the podium: an ancient survival instinct, a personal memory of a botched presentation, and the conscious awareness of what’s at stake.
Survival instincts tell us that if we are separate from the group, we might die.  In giving a speech, we are noticeably outside the group; see, they are all out there staring, and I am alone up here with my laser pointer. 
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