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Represent community with positive spin

Posting Date: 03/25/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


Representing your community with a positive spin means getting involved in good projects and speaking positively about your community. It is all about being proud and supportive and figuring out how you can in your own unique way become a walking, talking ambassador for the place you call home.  [Read more]


Putting Unemployment in Perspective

Posting Date: 03/18/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


The unemployment numbers when flashed on your TV screen or announced in the news often come across as just another number, especially if you are employed. Most often the unemployment numbers are only casually given as a percentage, such as “6.7% is the current unemployment rate.” But that does not present a picture of what that number actually represents. It’s like giving the weather forecast in strictly degrees. [Read more]


Workplace, Job will never be the same

Posting Date: 03/11/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


I do not have a crystal ball, but many trends and forecasts point to a much different job environment in the future. In fact many people will be working in the world that my father and perhaps yours did in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, when the average workweek was 48 hours. Many people worked on projects such as dams, buildings and roads. When the project was finished they looked for a new job, often with a different company. [Read more]


Do You Trust People?

Posting Date: 03/04/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


Trust in America is at an all time low. It’s not just a lack of trust in institutions that is deteriorating. Trust in each other is quietly slipping away according some recent polls. They found only one-third of Americans believe most people can be trusted. As a society we are becoming more and more suspicious in our everyday encounters with others. [Read more]


Do You Trust Institutions?

Posting Date: 02/25/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


The evidence is everywhere; Americans have lost trust in their institutions. In the last decade Gallup polling indicates a loss of confidence in many institutions such as Congress, the Supreme Court, banks, education and the presidency. Both big business and organized labor have also taken a hit with regard to trust. Polls indicate we have even lost faith in the media. [Read more]


Customer Service in a Small Town

Posting Date: 02/18/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


The economic vitality of a small town absolutely depends on the quality of products and the customer service offered by every business in the community.

Most business organizations say they are customer focused, but is that a desire or an actual fact? There is a lot of talk about customer service and yet many customers do not feel they are truly being taken care of. In today’s highly competitive environment, the customer is king and you should be the valued servant. This is especially important in a small town so the locals will not travel to a larger city to get their needs met. [Read more]


Get the most out of your tomorrows

Posting Date: 02/11/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


Never confuse activity or “busy-work” with accomplishment. Being busy all day while accomplishing work of very little productive value is an absolute formula for failure. Unfortunately being busy is a trap that is easy to fall into. Are you doing everything right or are you working on the right things that will have impact? That’s a question for which you should be constantly seeking the answer too. [Read more]


Let's try new approach to Workforce Development

Posting Date: 02/04/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the primary Government resource for supporting job training and employment services in the United States. It is presently designed to help states and localities strengthen the employment skills of the country’s low-income adults, dislocated entry-level workers, and youth populations.  [Read more]


Minimum Wage and Income Inequality

Posting Date: 01/28/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


The minimum wage and income inequality appears to be the latest buzzwords in politics these days. Once again Americans are being led into a class warfare discussion in the name of “fairness.” It is sad that the focus cannot be centered on developing “family-wage jobs” for the middle-class rather than attempting to pit the entry-level, low skilled employee against the CEO. [Read more]


Wherever You Are, Be There

Posting Date: 01/21/2014

Roger Ingbretsen


Many years ago I first heard the words “Wherever you are, be there” spoken by the man many consider America's foremost business philosopher, Jim Rohn. He was talking to a rather large gathering of business executives mainly from the world of high tech.  [Read more]


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