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Is your community on a list?

We love lists.  We love to make lists, and we love to read lists. Whether it is a list of successful businesses, emerging leaders, good places to work/eat/shop/vacation/whatever, there seems to be a list for everything.  Lists that rank things seem to get special attention.  Lists can be useful.  They help us sort through the clutter of advertising and marketing ...

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Home ownership past, present and future

It has been said that for there to be fundamental change in any industry there must be chaos or disruption. The housing industry is in disruption. So what fundamental changes are in store for housing, especially home ownership? Let us take a look at home ownership in the United States and consider its past, present and future. First, a look ...

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The purpose of business in a free society

What responsibility does business have to society?  Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and others have argued that a corporation’s purpose is to maximize returns to its shareholders, and that since only people can have social responsibilities, corporations are only responsible to their shareholders and not to society as a whole. Others have gone so far as to say that the ...

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Celebrating success fundamental

“The reward for a good job is no punishment,” growled my drill sergeant in Army Basic Training when someone asked about our platoon’s reward for successfully accomplishing some assigned task.  It was the sergeant’s way of instilling discipline and also saying that doing a good job was normal, not something special.  Not long afterwards, our platoon won a certain contest ...

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The link between education and economic development

There is a strong link connecting education and economic development in a community.   Recently retired state economist Dr. Phil Pepper knew it and preached it.  He told just about every group he spoke to that education is the key.  Counties with population growth have good schools, he would remind them.  He often said, “The primary economic development tool for ...

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Stages of community development

Many experts believe that all communities move through identifiable stages, or phases.  As you consider the information offered below, take a moment to think about the stage, or stages, that your communities are in. A community is a collection of people with a common interest.  The collection may be as small as two people or as large as the planet. ...

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The value of breakout groups

Breakout groups are a useful tool for businesses and other organizations to solve problems, promote team building, involve employees or members, and plan for the future.  This column will explore some of the benefits and advantages of breakout groups. A breakout group by definition is a subset of a larger group. It is a staple of conferences, retreats and large ...

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Stages of community leadership programs

Successful communities often have community leadership programs.  Such programs are designed to identify, train and engage emerging leaders to improve the quality of life in their communities.  Community leadership programs are not new.  Leadership Philadelphia (Pa.), which claims to be the oldest community leadership program in the country, held its first class in 1959-60.  Leadership Stockton began its program in ...

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