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Notes on U.S. Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the U.S. an overall infrastructure grade of D+. Throughout the next decade, it will take more than $4.5 trillion to fix our aging infrastructure — including upgrades to roads, mass transit, wastewater treatment plants and the electrical grid.1 We’ve reached the mission-critical stage. One industry analyst observed,…

What’s Your EQ?

The study of “emotional intelligence” began in the 1980s as a way to measure one’s ability to identify and manage both his or her own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. In the business world, people with high emotional intelligence, known as a high EQ (emotional quotient) are known to be more empathetic…

Independence, Interdependence Go Hand in Hand

The interdependence a steady job provides makes it difficult to just up and leave. The company you work for relies on you to provide your expertise, and in return, you are compensated with pay and other benefits. Each party relies on the other, which means you can’t go willy-nilly quitting your job to start up…

No Matter the Age, There’s No Place Like Home

For many, — hopefully most — “home” represents security and acceptance. A place to retreat when things don’t go your way; a place to celebrate when they do. Not long ago, the holidays were the one time of the year when the family reconvened to spend time together under one roof. Now, it’s not uncommon…

Digital Evolution Changes Way We Shop, Interact

The Internet, much like radio and television before it, has changed modern society and the way we interact with each other. It’s even changed the way companies market products to consumers. Social media has essentially redistributed power from brands to individuals thanks to immediate and evergreen feedback that customers can write about the products they…