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Managers shouldn’t let
naysayers derail meetings

“I was recently leading a meeting in which one of the people attending kept raising peripheral issues and distracting the group from the main purpose of the meeting. I kept trying to keep the group on course by pointing out ...

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Advice for Y2K, plus some
nifty new products

As 1998 begins, let us look at products that portend the direction of business computing–once we get past the year 2000 (Y2K) issue. It is not just a problem for mainframe programmers anymore. Future failure: year 2000 Are you ready ...

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Non-Profit Report: Service Corps of Retired Executives Association

The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a volunteer organization founded in 1964 and incorporated in the District of Columbia. It is dedicated–through counseling, workshops and education–to the improvement of small business throughout the United States, and operates ...

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Non-Profit Report: Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge

FEMALE (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge) is a national organization that was founded 10 years ago in Illinois. The FEMALE Rochester, New York Chapter was founded two years ago, and now is the largest chapter in New York ...

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Consensus building useful
tool if used correctly

“Sometimes I think that there’s nothing wrong with one or two people making a decision and sticking with it, instead of spending hours worrying about how to get everyone to agree. Is there anything wrong with a manager listening to ...

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Non-Profit Report: Compeer Inc.

Compeer Inc. was started in 1973 in Rochester. In 1982, the National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program and funded the development of similar programs throughout the nation. Currently, there are more than 100 programs in ...

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Stroll through Mt. Hope
reveals rich business history

A leisurely stroll through Mt. Hope Cemetery’s 196 landscaped acres–with the right guide or information–can reveal the changes Rochester has undergone in a continuing cycle of business boom, bust and renewal through the people of brilliance and invention who have ...

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Court rulings endorse
arbitration agreements

Courts are falling over each other in their desire to send discrimination claims to alternative dispute procedures such as arbitration. The veritable flood of discrimination cases has convinced courts there must be a better way to resolve those claims without ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Humane Society of Rochester and
Monroe County for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inc.

The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inc. is committed to the humane treatment of animals through education, prevention of cruelty and promotion of responsible pet ownership. The Humane Society traces its ...

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Managers’ tips

Steven Modica of Modica & Associates, who concentrates his practice on employment, offers the following advice on staying out of legal trouble in the workplace: –Talk to and with (not at) your employees–Most employment disputes do not implicate legal issues, ...

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Age-bias complaints
difficult to prove

“I am interviewing a variety of candidates for a job, and one of them is an older man who was laid off recently. I want to interview him, but I’m concerned that if I do–and I don’t hire him–I could ...

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Welfare reform needs careful
planning by all sectors

The national welfare caseload is down by 14 percent since the federal welfare overhaul became law some 15 months ago. Still, there are 3.8 million U.S. families receiving benefits, or approximately 10,000 more than in 1989. Politicians and everybody else ...

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Long-term-care insurance
adds to seniors’ concerns

Read the fine print. That is what people are frequently told when they have a dispute over some sort of contract they have signed. The same advice is certainly prudent for those considering the purchase of long-term-care insurance, which some ...

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Non-Profit Report: Webster Community Chest Inc.

The Webster Community Chest Inc. traces its roots to 1945 and the Webster War Chest. At that time, the War Chest committee considered establishing a local Community Chest that would have one annual fund drive to include all the organizations ...

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Getting past the ‘selling
Grandma’ syndrome

If you have been reading my columns over the past 12 months, you have hopefully learned that the goal of a succession plan is to transfer the business in such a manner that it increases its likelihood of survival, thus ...

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