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Stay calm, even in the face of unjustified provocation

In the late 1990s, my young family and I lived in Armonk, N.Y., a small village in Westchester County. For many years, my two oldest children (Bonnie and Tommy) and I would go to mass at 7:30 in the morning ...

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Want to lead a good meeting? Plan well and stay on point

“I am a new manager of a small group, and I’m told that I’m doing well in the job. The one area I’m having problems with is meeting management. It seems that every meeting I lead turns into a gripe ...

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Horsing around with how thoroughbreds are named

Even someone like moi, who’s more interested in the Philadelphia Phillies than fillies, is taking heed of horse racing this week, thanks to a transcendent steed named American Pharoah. The dark bay colt already has captured the first two legs ...

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Go beyond standard practices to find smart talent

When Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For came out on March 15, what struck me as newsworthy was not so much the companies themselves but the fact that these companies were struggling to fill positions. Some 108,622 open jobs—an ...

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Use these steps to master habits of trusted leadership

A few months back I wrote an article about the essential habits of trusted leaders—a few managerial skills to help create an environment for employees to become more engaged and productive, leading to a better customer experience. Shortly after the ...

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N.Y. thinks equal pay is top concern for women

New Yorkers cite receiving equal pay and work-family balance as the biggest challenges faced by women in the workplace, according to a Siena College Research Institute study released Monday. A lower percentage of upstate residents judge these to be major ...

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Evaluating auditors is tough; these questions can help

“I don’t think there’s a company, a management, an audit committee that hasn’t gone back and re-looked at what they’re doing. … People are really scrutinizing and (want to) really make sure their houses are in order and clean.” —William ...

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Non-Profit Report: AutismUp

AutismUp (formerly known as Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment Inc., which is still the legal name) is an autism support organization serving the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas. Its mission is to support individuals with autism spectrum ...

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N.Y. unemployment rates drop to lowest level since 2008

Unemployment rates declined year over year in New York and neighboring states—most notably in Massachusetts, whose rate fell by 1.1 percentage points between April 2014 and April 2015, according to preliminary, seasonally-adjusted figures released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor ...

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Take a lesson on tax exemption from the National Football League

In the face of continued Congressional criticism, the National Football League announced last month that it would give up its status as a tax-exempt trade association.  Understanding the reasons for the league’s exempt status—and the reasons that it decided to ...

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Picture page: 2015 Financial Executive of the year award

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More than 500 people attended the 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award luncheon on May 21 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The awards program, presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, was ...

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