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Looking ahead: Donald Trump, Ben Franklin and the future of taxes

In today’s ever-competitive environment, I would hope that the influence of both Ben Franklin and Donald Trump help you focus more on the day-to-day of operating a company. Collaborate with other like-minded business owners to ensure the success and viability of American businesses. Create jobs by staying one step ahead of our international competitors. Invest in technology, infrastructure and education for our American corporations.

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5 ways to set your team up for a strong performance in 2017

The best executives have awakened to the realization that for them to succeed, their team needs to be successful. However, a high-performance team isn’t built overnight. It takes continuous improvement and multiple performance conversations. You’d be lying if you said your team had zero room for improvement.

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How Dr. Mark Reed is building St. Joseph’s University into a 21st-century learning institution

Marc Kramer

In 2015, the board of trustees at St. Joseph's University elected Dr. Mark Reed as the first lay president in the Jesuit institution's 165-year history. In his time leading the university, Reed has found quick acceptance among the faculty because of his energy, directness and always present sense of humor. Here, he discusses his vision for St. Joseph's, and how a 21st-century university can best serve its students.

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Marketing in crisis: 5 tips for meeting problems head-on

Larry Alton

Social media is a powerful tool for businesses, but it’s also created a dangerous situation: a crisis can emerge and become a major news piece at any moment, 24 hours a day, and you need to be ready to respond. In fact, social media even causes these crises, whether due to an unfortunate tweet by an employee or an inflammatory customer comment. Social media is a public forum and anything can happen.

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Beyond your control: How to deal with (and adapt to) the things you cannot change

Paul Riecks

You have probably heard the Serenity Prayer authored by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Running a business does not stop with recognizing the difference. You have to take into account the things that cannot be changed and decide what you are going to do about them.

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