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Health care consumerism increases value in patient care

By Michelle Niermann | Health Care Column
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, the number of individuals with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) has increased about 15 percent in the last decade. These plans allow individuals to pay lower insurance premiums but pay more out-of-pocket until their deductible is met.

I just kinda sorta think you should relax about assertive language

By Jen Neumann | Guest Column
According to multiple articles and business books, I undermined my own authority with this headline. These articles love to tell us (especially women) how we should speak/behave/carry ourselves to appear more assertive and be taken more seriously by others. But I disagree.

When it comes to motivation, keep it simple

By Gale Mote | Guest Column
While some argue that external motivation – pay increases, promotions, an office with a window – is a tool managers can use to inspire extra effort, I believe it is short-lived at best. Real, impactful, lasting motivation is intrinsic.

Young leaders are our future

CBJ Editorial
This week’s edition celebrates 40 of the region’s best and brightest leaders under the age of 40. Talent, workforce, whatever you want to call it — these leaders represent the high achievers we need to retain, attract and celebrate in the Corridor region.

Flood protection waiting is over

CBJ Editorial
The Corridor was fortunately spared from devastating flooding this year, but each new rainstorm and flooding episode across the Midwest reminds us that Cedar Rapids doesn’t have complete flood protection, yet.

Customer feedback, insight crucial to product success

By Linda Kuster | Guest Column
Statistics on the percentage of new products and services launched into the market each year that fail vary from 40 to 90 percent. What can you do to move the numbers in your favor?

Act locally on environmental challenges

CBJ Editorial
With environmental challenges so large in scope and broad in geography, where do we start to combat them? Fortunately, the slogan “think globally and act locally” is playing out in several local initiatives in Linn County that could serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

Wealth preservation in business and real estate

By Maurie Cashman | Guest Column
A majority of high net-worth families have built wealth through the ownership, growth and sale of mid-market businesses and real estate. But research indicates that for 98 percent of these families, their great grandchildren will not see any of this wealth. What can be done about that?

Don’t fear the cloud – embrace it

By Jonathan Schmidt | Guest Column
In the past, I’ve been accused of being too concerned about security. My response is that people and companies are not concerned enough about it.

Make your deposit – at the blood bank

By Brooks Jackson / Health Care Column
As a pathologist with a background in transfusion medicine, and as a leader for a major health system in the area, recognizing the value of – and need for – maintaining adequate blood supplies is an issue that’s never far from my mind.

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