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Consistent median price
defines local market

During the summer months, I’m often asked about how the Greater Rochester area compares with the Northeast and the nation relative to home sales. Many times it is difficult to provide a specific answer to that general type of question ...

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Home builders helping
Habitat construct hope

Through contributions in the form of discounts, donations and volunteer labor, numerous Rochester builders and suppliers are supporting the philanthropic goals of the ecumenical Christian organization. The companies, in turn, feel good about supporting a cause that is such a ...

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Design/build approach breaks with tradition

It was the change orders that did Bugsy Siegel in. As managing partner of an investment group whose members included Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, Siegel oversaw construction of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in the early 1950s. Midproject, ...

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Invite dissent, but make
sure it can be managed

In England, they call it the Loyal Opposition. Criticism from the political party out of power adds value and interest to debate on any issue, they say. Some of them might even mean it. But everyone acts like the griping ...

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Charisma alone not enough
to make a manager a leader

Today’s effective leaders know that, in dealing with people, humility goes a long way, says Betsy Harrison, president of Career Development Services. Among the key challenges of ’90s leaders, she says, are to admit mistakes and learn from them, to ...

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Play down rewards, boost intrinsic motivation

Of course, there are many factors that potentially could contribute to such differences. The personnel unit supplying employees to the one group may be more astute than the unit supplying employees to the other. The training given to the one ...

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Favorite books lend insight, shape perspective

Ask the same people about non-business books, and you will get–at least temporarily–silence. “We so rarely get a chance to put our eyes on anything else other than business,” says John Piper, CEO of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors ...

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Trust instincts and be balanced when seeking business goals

Are women holding their own in the business world? According to the Wall Street Journal of July 26, U.S. women in the first quarter of 1995 earned only 75.9 cents for every dollar earned by men. Moreover, according to the ...

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Women find
mentoring at home

In 1988, the U.S. Small Business Administration in California began a mentor program for women. That program went national in 1990. But long before that program’s inception, Rochester businesswomen had learned how to find professional guides to success. Katherine Clark, ...

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Women business owners prepare
a smooth path for succession

In families without sons, a son-in-law often could be found, or a loyal employee who, though not family, could be trusted to carry on. Today, things are not so simple. Children do not necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps, and ...

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Own data can convict if not careful

One of the earliest lessons I learned with respect to the American justice system was the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. As a child, my value system was rooted deeply in the concept of justice. Today, as a scientist ...

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Product quality still key
even when buying green

But when it comes to purchasing decisions, product performance still outweighs the ecosystem. Wegmans Food Markets Inc. was left searching for earth-friendly paper products and cleaning agents after most of the brands it carried were ousted off the shelves. Jo ...

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Manufacturing for recyclability

When he and a group of Eastman Kodak Co. engineers first proposed making single-use cameras reusable in the late 1980s, company managers literally laughed in their faces, Alan VandeMoere recalls. But VandeMoere, operations manager for single-use-camera assembly at Kodak, got ...

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Welcome to the airport of the future: $20, please

The Denver airport opened recently, several months and several billion dollars over budget. Designed by Denver architect Curt Fentress, it is by any measure an extraordinary facility. Rather than having a conventional roof, it is covered by a huge high-tech ...

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Hotel management makes an accommodating career

Enter the hotel manager. Career opportunities are plentiful for someone with a degree in hotel management, says Francis Domoy, director of the School of Food, Hotel and Travel Management at Rochester Institute of Technology. Domoy gives a number of reasons ...

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