The Art of Education

A little ditty ‘bout Jack & Diane…two American kids growing up in the heart land.” —John Mellencamp Actually, this story isn’t about “Jack and Diane.” It is about Derek and Jessica but they do live in the heartland—Osage, Iowa to be exact. Osage is a town of 3600 in northern Iowa near the Minnesota border.… Read more »

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Making the Most of Your Resources

While it can be easy to feel a trickle of fear in challenging economic times, it can instead serve to be a defining moment for a business on the verge of boldly pushing forward into the future. By turning that moment of anxiety and distress into an opportunity to empower your existing staff and infuse… Read more »

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The Case for Sole Proprietorship

I learned a long time ago that in order to move forward in a positive manner, we must take responsibility for our own shortcomings. Nowhere in my entire career is this belief accentuated than in my years as a Sole Proprietor. The following narrative offers some insight into my work as an entrepreneur and hopefully,… Read more »

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2017 and the New Reality of Digital Marketing

This month, the United States swore in its first acknowledged Twitter President. Whether you celebrate or commiserate, the election of Donald Trump continued to change the digital landscape and strategy, and communication in general. Barack Obama first ushered in digital to modern presidential politics, harnessing social media posts to attract and connect with millions of… Read more »

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Social Entrepreneurship

Parks for All Strives to Create More Inclusive Communities for All Children Since you’re reading a magazine called STRIVE, you have a bit of an entrepreneurial, innovative spirit. You are an idea person and a leader. You strive to bring value to the world, a voice to the table and action to that voice. You… Read more »

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Job Shadowing

Business success relies upon people. Who wants your employees to know more? Who wants your people to better use the knowledge they already have? Who wants those working for you to perform better? If I had 100 successful business leaders in a room and asked them the above questions, I bet their answers would all… Read more »

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The Upside to a Downturn

I recently heard an oil industry executive quoted as saying that, “innovation does not happen at $100.00 a barrel.” Indeed, it has been my experience that full funding is the glue that holds status quo in place. It is hard to implement meaningful and substantial change while we are reclining in our comfort zones. The… Read more »

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The Chariot Group: Torchbearer of Digital Transformation

Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools. Scholars will be instructed through the eye.” — Thomas Edison. Edison foresaw the future of education while pioneering the development of machines for displaying motion pictures.  And the wizard of Menlo Park was right! Today, the traditional classrooms have vividly changed! The green boards are replaced… Read more »

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A Different Perspective

It’s hard for Alaskans not to feel like we’re “under siege”. Every day, there’s more news about low oil prices in Alaska, which is adversely affecting the State budget, oilfield-related jobs, and the ripple effect of state contracts not awarded. Many of us wonder if Alaska’s opportunities will be limited in the future – will… Read more »

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