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GIGERICH: Happiness is factor in location choices

April 17, 2010
Larry Gigerich
State-by-state comparisons ranking residents' satisfaction levels are gaining traction in economic development circles. While rankings do not drive site-selection decisions, they do play a role.
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HENDERSON: The real reasons not to merge utilities

April 10, 2010
Tom Henderson
Part of the overall utility problem is that lack of government oversight and public policy vision has made Indianapolis one of the highest-polluting and just plain ugliest cities in the Midwest.
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WEIGAND: Let's rethink fixes for urban poverty

March 27, 2010
Kurt Wiegand
The message to neighborhoods couldn’t be clearer: It’s absolutely essential to attract and retain middle-class homeowners with the resources to invest in—and maintain—their own homes, as well as support surrounding businesses.
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GUY: Do you want to travel or truly vacate?

March 20, 2010
John Guy
How does a busy person vacate, as in the dictionary reference, “to vacate one’s mind of worries?” One answer is to take a vacation, but an important choice remains: place or event?
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FORSELL: Look beyond results for reciprocity in health care

March 13, 2010
David Forsell
I want to matter to the nurse standing next to me. I want to be more than a number, more than just a name on a list of hundreds of patients on a research protocol.
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SHOBERT: Who's your in-house entrepreneur?

March 6, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
Times like this are ripe for pioneering activities. Now that your business knows it can operate profitably even in a down economy—no small thing—the next question is what you need to be doing to grow.
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FELDMANN: Beware the dreaded donor engagement gap

February 27, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
Engagement gap strikes small organizations and big ones, struggling not-for-profits and successful ones, and it threatens to cripple each of its sufferers.
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SLAUGHTER: Does your work flow bring satisfaction?

February 19, 2010
Robby Slaughter
The satisfaction derived from work is more than just momentary bliss. Satisfaction is an essential component of productivity.
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HENDERSON: Indianapolis getting squeezed by suburbs

February 13, 2010
Tom Henderson
Indianapolis’ successful suburbs are rapidly surrounding the city. More important, tax and cultural shifts are starting to drain Marion County.
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HOLIFIELD: Build consensus before building facilities

February 6, 2010
Jerry R. Holifield
Only a handful of public building projects have earned permission from voters, leading local officials to delay or consider abandoning much-needed projects.
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WIEGAND: Who's monitoring home construction?

January 30, 2010
Kurt Wiegand
About 18 months ago, I watched as the entire exterior of an expensive condo on the Central Canal—originally built in 1996—was rebuilt. Among the issues: There was no building paper (Tyvek) under the siding, treated lumber wasn’t used on the exposed porches, and neither was there any drainage.
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GARNER: Find a mentor to make you better

January 23, 2010
Sanford Garner
Most people muddle through, often learning the hard way. But those who are successful will point to mentors who helped them find their way.
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DOUGLAS: Regulate the raters, but not too much

January 16, 2010
Chris Douglas
In Washington, the Senate Banking Committee is considering far-reaching legislation regulating the financial services industry in the wake of the recent and ongoing crisis. This legislation will dramatically change the relationship between the federal government and some of our financial institutions.
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MORTON: Colts' decision was all business

January 9, 2010
David B. Morton
The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to pull the plug on a potential undefeated season was made for one reason: “What must we do to win Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7?”
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RYAN: Recession could prompt tax reform

January 2, 2010
Earl Ryan
A new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that states have narrowed a collective budget gap by $145.9 billion in the fiscal year that began July 1, only to be faced with another $28.2 billion gap for the remainder of the fiscal year. And fiscal 2011 and 2012 are equally bleak.
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SLAUGHTER: Imagine a world without deadlines

December 26, 2009
Robby Slaughter
The reason we have deadlines is that they act as inflection points in the hierarchy of work. Each phase of work has a deadline: an opportunity for failure and rejection.
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PAYNE: How we can improve our 'talent dividend'

December 19, 2009
Brian Payne
We Hoosiers are starting to treat education with a sense of urgency and as something worth achieving. This response to our city’s, state’s and country’s education crisis is reassuring, because the stakes couldn’t be higher.
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GUY: Ethical collapses offer many lessons

December 12, 2009
John Guy
“The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse,” by Marianne M. Jennings, caused me to wonder whether investors could have avoided various corporate disasters in Indiana.
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WIEGAND: School competition good for community

December 5, 2009
Kurt Wiegand
It’s vitally important to have innovative, competitive and successful school options available to attract and retain middle-class families in the neighborhoods.
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RHODES: Volunteering offers huge payback

November 28, 2009
Theresa Farrington Rhodes
On any given day in Indianapolis, hundreds of people will volunteer their time tutoring children, stocking food pantry shelves, raising funds and providing leadership for not-for-profit organizations that are making a difference in our community.
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FELDMANN: Put customer interest before revenue

November 21, 2009
Derrick Feldmann
Understanding the customer and his or her motivation is priceless, but it’s old-school and just half of the solution. The other half, making it easy for the customer to engage, is what sets growing organizations apart from stagnant ones.
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SHABAZZ: Thank you for choosing to smoke, or not

November 14, 2009
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
Anti-smoking advocates like to push the image of servers forced to work in a smoke-filled bar because they have no choice. Sorry my friends, in real life the facts tend to lead otherwise.
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GROSSMAN: Just what are 'green jobs,' anyway?

November 7, 2009
Peter Z. Grossman
Indiana officials appear to be working hard to get our share of the 5 million “green jobs” President Obama says he’ll create. Sounds like a good idea, except for one problem: No one can really say just what a green job is.
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HENDERSON: Airport terminal, one long year later

October 31, 2009
Tom Henderson
As an all-too-frequent flier, I’ve had a chance to get the full-love experience of the new airport terminal numerous times in its first year. The summary is that it’s both tolerable, and I have no choice.
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JOSEPH: Will new rules end blog pay for play?

October 24, 2009
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
This month, the Federal Trade Commission announced new rules aimed at increasing transparency in social media advertising. Starting Dec. 1, bloggers and other users of social media tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, must disclose if they have received any type of payment in exchange for promotion, advertising or endorsement.
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