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What stays and what goes?

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What stays and what goes?

The rationalization process is all about determining what is working and what is not – especially with a sharp eye to the future. Most companies are doing very well these days and the effort to create or update their strategic direction is clearly on the rise. There certainly is no shortage of strategic choices to make with a healthy economy. My observation is that companies struggle in taking on too much and then figuring out how to prioritize what they keep and what they let go. Failure to divest yourself of areas of the business that don’t deliver an acceptable...

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Conference call: Alan Dostert

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Conference call: Alan Dostert

President and CEO of EAPC Architects Engineers (Marketing Excellence #3 Website and #1 Holiday for 2017), a 140-person firm based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Editor’s note: EAPC, founded in 1967, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “The very things that have made you successful at one level may be what has to change to expand and move to the next, without selling out who you are as a corporate culture,” Dostert says. A CONVERSATION WITH ALAN DOSTERT. TZL: Fifty years in business is a big achievement. How did the firm get it done? AD:...

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How nice should you be?

1212 Category_Archives employees featured Mark Zweig notice reaction resignation

How nice should you be?

Someone turns in their notice. They were either close to being fired or should have been. They let you down. Or, they are going to work for a competitor. Do you refuse to say “goodbye” to them? Do you hold a party for them? Do you send an email to staff about what a bum they were? Do you send an email to the staff about how sorry you are to see them go? This is ALWAYS a subject for debate. And I have personally been on both sides of it. When I was younger (let’s say the first 20...

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Mixed-use urban living

1212 Category_Articles Edward Friedrichs featured mixed-use urban living

Mixed-use urban living

By Edward Friedrichs | Smaller housing within walking distance to essentials and amenities is appealing to both the young and the old.

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