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February 5, 2013
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Column: Increased housing affordability will benefit middle class
Housing affordability is likely to be higher this year than it has ever been, the National Association of Realtors has said. That means housing will be within the reach of more middle-class Americans, helping restore confidence in a cohort that has been struggling since the recession, Scott Burns writes. Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas)/United Press International (2/3) Share: Email
Sandy-relief measure aims at helping communities rebuild
The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, which cleared Congress and was signed by President Barack Obama last month, is expected to aid in post-storm cleanup efforts, including debris removal. The measure was aimed at making it more cost-effective for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to have debris removed from affected communities, the bill's chief sponsor said during debate. Homeland Security Today (1/16) Share: Email
Indiana bill would force HOAs to be more transparent
The Indiana House has passed a bill to require that homeowners associations make their records available to all association members. The bill would allow residents to view their association's contracts, invoices, bills, receipts, bank records and even e-mails pertaining to some situations. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (1/31) Share: Email
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Tips for reducing stress
Research shows job burnout increases the chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke, so take steps to turn down the stress, Ben Fanning writes. "Question whether you really have to watch the news on TV every night or whether spending some quiet time with music or reading might be preferable," he writes. "Just turning ... the intensity down a notch can make a big difference." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/31) Share: Email
How to make your meetings more productive, less time consuming
You should only call a business meeting if you have a clear goal for the gathering, writes Geoffrey James. "If you can't pinpoint why you're calling the meeting, don't call one," he advises. Limit the duration of your meetings to no more than one hour, and make sure all of the participants have access to the necessary background information. Inc. online (free registration) (1/28) Share: Email
Ethics and Professional Conduct
How Wildfire's CEO learned to be a more forceful leader
Victoria Ransom, CEO of Wildfire, says she doesn't believe in creating hierarchies and that authority should come from gaining respect, not from mere seniority. Still, she says, a pragmatic approach to leadership is often necessary. "People do want you to be a leader and they want someone to tell them that things are OK. One of the things I've learned is to just step up a bit more," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/26) Share: Email
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Failure changes for the better, success for the worse."
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