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How to improve your meetings

By Phil Klutts | September 14, 2021

How many meetings did you have this week? Three, eight, eighteen? Meetings are a necessary evil for any professional. Most people I speak with agree that we have too many meetings, but what can we do about them? Vital decisions and meaningful communication happen at some meetings while others are wasteful and frustrating. I’d be willing to bet that most of your meetings fall in the latter category.

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Front-line defense against cyber attacks

By Davis Merrey | September 7, 2021

Last month’s column about cybersecurity explored the idea of viewing your IT infrastructure in layers. The idea is to establish cybersecurity protections for each layer of your systems: the human layer, perimeter, network, endpoint, application, data, and the mission-critical layer.

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Edmond’s monthly sales tax update

By Sarah Dickson | September 7, 2021

Edmond continues to see positive sales tax activity. Sales tax collections for the month of July totaled $6,776,529. Annual year‐to‐date sales tax collections for 2021 total $45,052,276, which is a nine percent increase over the same period in 2020.

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Mayor Davis shares progress toward goals

By Tim Priebe | September 7, 2021

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the State of the City luncheon where Edmond Mayor Davis Darrell shared the City Council’s strategic plan goals. He shared the following goals with a target of less than two years…

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The forgotten man always pays

By Nick Massey | September 7, 2021

In 1883, Yale Professor of Political Economy and Sociology William Graham Sumner wrote an essay that could easily have been written for today. He wrote against the so-called “progressives” of his day and defended what was then called “classical liberalism.”

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Work-life harmony: Time management matters

By Stacy Eads | September 7, 2021

Recently, I was asked to speak on a live webinar panel about time management. The host attended one of my workshops several years ago on the topic, and the lessons she learned really stuck with her—so much so that she began teaching others!

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How to handle communication breakdowns

By Mike Crandall | August 24, 2021

Think about how crucial communication is in business and life in general. We all communicate every single day, whether we intend to or not. Because it is so important and we continuously do it, we also tend to goof it up—often way, way more than we realize. Each day, there are communication breakdowns around us that we aren’t aware of.

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Why you might need local SEO

By Tim Priebe | August 24, 2021

Do you do business with people in your geographic area? Then you may need local SEO.Let’s start with the basics…

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Business lessons from Abraham Lincoln’s mentors

By Phil Klutts | August 10, 2021

Learning from great leaders is one of the reasons to read books and pursue educational opportunities. This month’s book, Lincoln’s Mentors, examines how Abraham Lincoln’s mentors guided him along his path to and during his presidency. Lincoln barely had a formal education, yet he learned a great deal throughout his life. He was always looking to learn and grow in his abilities.

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How to better protect your IT assets

By Davis Merrey | August 3, 2021

We are frequently asked about best practices on how an organization should prioritize its cybersecurity defenses.

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