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Remote work: are we missing valuable social interaction? (access required)

William H. Whyte was arguably our keenest observer of corporate America. He was a staff writer for Fortune magazine and his 1956 book, The Organization Man, sold in the millions. The book chronicled the white-collar conformity and commitment of corporate ...

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When business gets slow it’s time to train your staff (access required)

By the time April 2020 came around, we found ourselves at Flower City Communications as perplexed as every other business. Suddenly our customers were shut down or, at best, working from home. The clients we worked so hard to please ...

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How not to set policy to reduce the price of gasoline (access required)

High gas prices in the U.S. cause a lot of pain for Americans every time they take their vehicles to gas stations to fill up. To address the problem of high gas prices, the Biden administration announced in April that ...

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Keep your cool when dealing with a difficult co-worker (access required)

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory. – Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Fame I was contacted by someone who asked for my thoughts on how to deal with a difficult co-worker. I asked what the person did ...

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Is the Russian ruble rebounding and, if yes, then why? (access required)

Ever since Russia commenced its “special military operation” (a/k/a war) in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the West has hit that nation with a unified slew of sanctions of amazing severity. In fact, no country — large or small — ...

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Post-pandemic era will provide best opportunity to transform healthcare service delivery model (access required)

Sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future, health and safety concerns will have improved so that Governor Hochul will declare an end to the COVID-related state of emergency in New York. By signifying that sufficient progress has been made in reducing ...

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Is New York’s crypto opportunity at risk?

Building Foundry — the fast-growing Western New York-based digital currency company — has been one of my biggest honors. As a native of the region, it has been a joy to give back by steering such an innovative company in ...

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Prioritized to-do lists still powerful, relevant in business (access required)

I had a reader stop me the other day and pose the following question. “With all the new technology in the world, what did I believe was the most effective tool to increase one’s productivity, and efficiency?” After thinking about ...

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Constellation Brands and Monster Beverage: M&A or alliance? (access required)

The talk of a merger (or an acquisition) involving Monster Beverage and Constellation Brands is once again circulating in business communities. Their initial announcement back in November 2021 was followed by several weeks of silence leading some to speculate that ...

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Use ancient virtues to guide you as a leader (access required)

Recently, a politician was espousing that he believes in “traditional family values.” A friend who works for a large company was excited to tell me about his current leadership training and the company’s “core values.” I asked my friend what ...

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