Liberal arts, military experience offer preparation to adapt, lead

Scott Samuelson’s recent Wall Street Journal piece titled “Would you hire Socrates?” challenges the myth that studying humanities doesn’t pay. This finding reflects my experience with the U.S. Army, but I seek to emphasize something greater than an economic advantage. The more practical advantage gained from a liberal arts education is preparation for leadership.

Wealth inequality and the collapse of civilizations

Rising inequality could lead to an unsustainable use of resources and the collapse of global industrial civilization. The stark warning is based on a sound observation: Over the course of history, the collapse of advanced, complex societies is quite common. Although civilizations can last centuries, in reality they’re “fragile and impermanent.”

Data, analysis can boost health accounts’ benefits

Health savings accounts paired with high-deductible health plans continue to grow as an option for employers and employees seeking an economical, convenient coverage option. Now, the time has come for employers to move beyond the simple administration of these accounts to provide a more meaningful strategy so these options can most benefit their employees.

Choosing the right health plan for your family

How do you select the health insurance plan that is best for you? To sort through the many variables within health insurance policies, it is wise to work with a navigator or insurance broker to evaluate plans that will best meet your needs.

Let’s pull for the younger generations instead of criticizing them

Sooner or later, you hear it in some conversation about how “things just aren’t what they used to be.” Kids these days! Dumb, lazy, disrespectful, unpatriotic, promiscuous, drug-addled and on and on. Let’s call a truce in the war between the generations. After all, the young have to make their way in a world and economy created by their parents and elders.

Design week: Kansas City and the creative economy

Here in the heartland, design, creativity and innovation thrive — boosting the development of our diverse business sectors. Through its Annual Design Week, Kansas City joins other top cities internationally in celebrating design and educating communities about its effects in both industry and our daily lives.

Ford showing its metal in moving to aluminum F-150

Ford’s F-150 pickup and plants that make them, including our own at Claycomo, will soon become a strategic asset in U.S. energy policy. That’s not an outlandish statement considering the better gas mileage expected from the F-150s that will hit showrooms soon.

Taxing credit unions would hurt low- and middle-income Americans

Though most agree our federal tax system needs work, taxing the one financial institution system serving 96 million Americans is not the way to do it. Congress today should remember the wisdom of its 1934 class of predecessors and ensure that the credit union tax exemption is sustained for the benefit of American consumers.

At the end of the year, a time for wondering why

Sometimes, the answers to what concerns us can be just too difficult to face. Does the improving economy show that government shenanigans don’t have that much effect? Will those who supported the Affordable Care Act feel like chumps if it doesn’t work? Why won’t the streetcar line in Kansas City be a success? Is KCI really worth saving?

Changes, challenges will make Obamacare the top employment issue in 2014

“Uncertainty about how the Affordable Care Act will unfold is creating havoc for employers,” writes Jim Holland, a labor and employment lawyer in Fisher & Phillips’ Kansas City office. “It’s possible that executive orders will unilaterally change the directives being debated, that more provisions will be postponed or changed — or that the ACA will simply implode under its own weight.”

Sense and nonsense about market maxims

If you’ve just returned to the market or are just a rookie, you probably pay more attention to market reports and commentary from the financial press, pundits and equity analysts. Now may be a good time not only to brush up on hoary but effective market maxims, but to arm yourself against the hyperbole and outright nonsense issued by "expert" market observers.

Banks’ swaps tactic ruled out

What country are you in? Where is your business situated? In what country did your trade take place? Those were once questions whose answers were so obvious that no one asked them. Now they are questions that can drive financial regulators and tax collectors to distraction.

Public schools still favor rich

If education is a poor child’s best shot at rising up the ladder of prosperity, why do public resources devoted to education lean so decisively in favor of the better off? The debate over how to improve educational standards, focused intently on grading students and teachers, mostly bypasses how the inequity of resources inevitably affects the outcome.

Universities must adapt, and train students to adapt

“Today’s higher education needs to be more than how to perform a job. Education must teach people how to think, how to solve problems and how to adapt in a world that certainly will continue to change and evolve,” writes David J. Cook, the vice chancellor of the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus.

Former employees still can benefit a company

Experience has proven that hiring with the intention of truly getting to know the employee is an honest, intelligent effort. It’s important to take strides to engage and retain employees. However, it’s equally important to realize that the relationships you develop with your staff can be an active component in your company’s growth even after they move on.

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