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Introducing Windows 11: Should you install it?

By Davis Merrey | December 7, 2021

With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft has touted several features that might entice you to upgrade your PC.  You may be asking yourself, “Should I upgrade or stick with Windows 10?” There are several factors you will want to consider.

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Edmond, Oklahoma’s cost of living

By Sarah Dickson | December 7, 2021

An interesting and fun tool that the EEDA provides access to is the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Calculator. The calculator provides comparisons of prices across product categories. This information comes from the Cost of Living Index, which measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services and is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by various organizations in participating areas.

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Savings us from ourselves

By Nick Massey | December 7, 2021

If you have ever studied the history of the US Federal Reserve, you would have learned that the Fed is supposed to be independent. Sometimes it is, to a degree, and sometimes it isn’t. The current Fed is constrained by politics.  What is the worst thing in the world for the Fed? People losing their jobs.

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20 questions to uncover the right culture fit

By Stacy Eads | December 7, 2021

As a business coach who helps companies typically scale at a rate of at least 20% year over year, my clients are always growing, so it seems like they’re always hiring. I’m often asked about the best interview questions that help employers see through the “interview mask” that all prospects put on to look their best in front of you. 

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Improving your BATing average

By Mike Crandall | November 23, 2021

Often times in business (and in life), we work on the wrong end of the problem. Frequently, we put time, energy, and money into things that truly will not fix the issue we are trying to resolve. This is far more common than most people realize, especially in the business world.

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Tips for LinkedIn

By Tim Priebe | November 23, 2021

Wondering if your organization should be utilizing LinkedIn? If your business is B2B—business-to-business—or your ideal customer, client, or even donor includes white-collar high-income earners, it may be worth it to invest time and resources into LinkedIn.

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“Reset” your company culture

By Phil Klutts | November 9, 2021

Some books fly under the radar yet pack a powerful punch. Reset by Johnny C. Taylor has been one of those books for me, although I do not recall how it made it into my reading list. However, I am glad I picked it up and that I continued to read it. I almost set it aside and moved on as I was reading chapter two because the first chapters seemed too focused on human resource professionals and culture at large organizations. I was interested in the book because of the emphasis on culture shifts and optimizing company effectiveness in 2021 and beyond, but started thinking it was not going to be beneficial.

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Does security awareness training really work?

By Davis Merrey | November 2, 2021

Security awareness training is a great front-line defense against social engineering. The idea is to continuously stay aware of the latest techniques being used by hackers, how to identify them, and what to do when they are recognized for what they are. Employees are routinely tested on their awareness and defensive actions. Ask your MSP or IT manager about this, and if your budget allows, sign up for it. Your investment will likely be on the order of a few dollars and a few minutes of your employee’s time per month; it’s well worth it for most businesses.

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Is it really free?

By Nick Massey | November 2, 2021

There has been a lot of talk lately about commission-free trades by some firms. Now, I like free stuff as much as anybody, but is “free” really free? You need to know about this. There are a number of firms jumping on this bandwagon, and one that has been in the news a lot for about three years is the online brokerage firm Robinhood. Many others are doing the same thing, but Robinhood seems to be getting the most publicity.

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How to handle the “Great Resignation”

By Stacy Eads | November 2, 2021

The “Great Resignation” has hit America, and Edmond, Oklahoma is no exception. Long-time loyal employees are quitting their jobs in record numbers across the state; just look at your LinkedIn feed to see all the career changes happening around your circle of influence.

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