Scott Samuelsons recent Wall Street Journal piece titled Would you hire Socrates? challenges the myth that studying humanities doesnt 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.
A recent local case demonstrates that employers responsibilities for addressing harassment in the workplace extend beyond the individuals who collect a paycheck from the company. Objectionable behavior by customers, subcontractors, vendors and others could be employers problem, too.
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 theyre fragile and impermanent.
Heres a counterintuitive way the older generations can help the young: Keep working and dont retire so early. Because for perhaps the first time in history, the over-60 population is growing much faster than younger groups.
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.
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.
Sooner or later, you hear it in some conversation about how things just arent what they used to be. Kids these days! Dumb, lazy, disrespectful, unpatriotic, promiscuous, drug-addled and on and on. Lets 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.
The Affordable Care Act has caused confusion. It is a significant departure from what has been the American health care payment system, and it depends on nearly all of us to participate so that we can begin to see how it benefits us all. There is still time. Enroll today.
The Kansas Border Challenge Advisory Committee writes: Achieving a solution that contributes to the overall economic growth of the Kansas City region and that uses taxpayer dollars effectively will require considerable work and attention to detail, along with a true commitment to the concept of a level playing field, if a real solution is to be found.
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.
The grasp of robots on our future, strengthening for decades, is about to tighten like a vise. Robots that think and move like people will inflict profound changes on our economy and society. People will get replaced by robots faster than the economy produces new jobs.
Fords F-150 pickup and plants that make them, including our own at Claycomo, will soon become a strategic asset in U.S. energy policy. Thats not an outlandish statement considering the better gas mileage expected from the F-150s that will hit showrooms soon.
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.
An article in Rolling Stone by left-wing activist Jesse A. Myerson that demonizes capitalism shows what is hobbling public discourse these days. Predictably, liberals are cheering and conservatives recoiling. But Myersons proposals are not as fearsome as critics on the right believe. Neither are they as radical as cheerleaders on the left think.
The quotes of 2013 that captured my attention piled up in my Google Cloud account like a gathering storm. Looking back over them, you can see what you were most concerned about through the year. In sum, they reflect a feeling that we and our government have not yet fully grasped how severely technology and the Internet have shattered the old economy.
Sometimes, the answers to what concerns us can be just too difficult to face. Does the improving economy show that government shenanigans dont have that much effect? Will those who supported the Affordable Care Act feel like chumps if it doesnt work? Why wont the streetcar line in Kansas City be a success? Is KCI really worth saving?
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. Its 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.
If youve 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.
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.
Bill Gross, the founder and chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., says that with the wealthy getting a bigger and bigger share of the nations income, its time to tax capital gains at the same rate as wage income. Whether you agree with Gross or not, Im sure his column rattled some gilded cages.
If education is a poor childs 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.
The bureaucrats now apologizing for the stillborn HealthCare.gov ignored or violated principles introduced to any first-year business student or learned the hard way by experienced executives. The blown startup will be a business school case study for a long time.
Todays 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.
The downtown revival doesnt mean that Kansas City still couldnt be mismanaged and become a Detroit. Taxpayer dollars and incentives should always be used judiciously. But 25 years from now, I bet Kansas Citians will look at the Power & Light District and be glad its there.
Experience has proven that hiring with the intention of truly getting to know the employee is an honest, intelligent effort. Its important to take strides to engage and retain employees. However, its equally important to realize that the relationships you develop with your staff can be an active component in your companys growth even after they move on.