“Master of None” shows how exploration leads to success

By Phil Klutts | January 12, 2021

Master of None: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Can Still Reach the Top By Clifford Hudson This book caught my attention in three separate ways. First, I consider myself to be a jack-of-all-trades, so the title immediately made a personal connection. Second, growing up in Edmond means visiting Sonic was a regular occurrence, and I’m a sucker…

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3 strategic IT questions

By Davis Merrey | January 5, 2021

I was recently asked to speak before a group of non-profit organizations about IT matters. These were CEOs and executive directors of agencies aligned with The United Way of Central Oklahoma. They were kind enough to provide a list of topics of interest, including the following. Remote working best practices How to host a successful…

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Budget projections and federal grant program

By Janet Yowell | January 5, 2021

Edmond is continuing to keep up with budget projections after receiving the latest sales tax check. Combined sales and use tax receipts total 6.65% through the first six months of the city’s fiscal year. What makes this report even more impressive is the fact that last year’s sales tax was a substantial increase of almost…

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Don’t get derailed in 2021

By Tim Priebe | January 5, 2021

Years ago, I was researching what it took to succeed with digital marketing, and I accidentally uncovered what it took to succeed in business and life. I discovered two truths I believe to this day: Consistency is boring and difficult, at least for me. Consistency is key to success. I’ve seen this work in sales,…

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What happens to all the empty office space?

By Nick Massey | January 5, 2021

Now that we have been dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic for almost a year, we’re starting to see a disturbing office space usage pattern. This could have profound implications on commercial real estate values in the future. I don’t claim to be any kind of real estate expert, but logic, supply, and demand calculations…

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Rules for effectively delegating – Part 2

By Stacy Eads | January 5, 2021

In my last column, I provided all 8 Rules for Effectively Delegating tasks and projects to your team in Part I of our leadership series. We dove deep in December into the first four rules. Dozens of you already have the Cheat Sheet because you reached out to me on my website or LinkedIn over…

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3 keys to finishing the year strong

By Mike Crandall | December 22, 2020

We are at that interesting time on the calendar where people start counting the days until the end of the year. Some do it because they are excited about something coming up. Others do it because they are looking forward to it being over and getting a fresh start in the new year. Regardless of…

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Components of a successful marketing plan

By Tim Priebe | December 22, 2020

Believe it or not, many people and organizations luck their way into success. But do you want to rely on luck? Or do you want to set yourself and your organization up for intentional success? People who want to set themselves up for personal and professional success often spend time at the beginning or end…

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Scrum teaches how to be more efficient

By Phil Klutts | December 8, 2020

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time By Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland You may be tempted to ignore this book review when you see the title — Scrum. You might be thinking it only beneficial for a rugby team or the software coders in your life. I was surprised…

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Asking the ‘how’ when it’s time to change

By Davis Merrey | December 1, 2020

My friend Bob had reached the end of his rope with his bank. Getting an answer to a simple question had become a nightmare; being switched from one person to another, taking up precious time, and still not getting a logical explanation for the answer. Somehow his bank seemed to have forgotten how to make…

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