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  • The Elbert Files: Beyond the money
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, January 19, 2018 6:00 AM

  • Monday, January 15, 2018 8:00 AM
    Last February, while lying in a hospital bed, I was let go from my job. It was unjust and awful, but it’s not what my story is about. Instead, I want to share what happened three days after I was laid off

  • Monday, January 15, 2018 7:50 AM
    January is a time of fresh starts, and a month when many of us re-evaluate our commitments and where we are placing our energy and time. Mentoring is a positive and fulfilling way to spend an hour each week positively impacting youth in our community.

  • The Elbert Files: Unintended consequences
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 AM

  • By Ted Economos
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:56 PM

    As the end of the year approaches, it’s often good to reflect on the personal goals you set at the beginning of the year and evaluate your progress. Did I lose the 20 pounds I wanted to? Did I go to the gym three days a week? Did I reconnect with old friends or colleagues? It’s no different in the business world. We all set – and strive to achieve – annual business goals.


  • Monday, January 8, 2018 8:00 AM
    At 22, I was sporting cheap suits and blind ambition, dashing wildly into my career. I was driven by passion and a fiercely competitive spirit. I was self-righteous about what I "knew" and had an incessant desire to drive change. A few decades later, however, I’ve gained an appreciation for tailored suits and lessons learned the hard way. 


  • The Elbert Files: Alike but different
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, January 5, 2018 6:00 AM

  • Trends to Watch in 2018
    Friday, January 5, 2018 6:00 AM
    Prepare for change or be an agent of change this year.

    That’s the overwhelming theme from 13 leaders in the Greater Des Moines business community about trends coming up in 2018. The Business Record asked leaders from a variety of industries for two things: their forecast for what could come up in their industry or field in the next 12 months and the accompanying impact. They were also asked to include a “way too early prediction” for 10 years in the future.

    In the baker’s dozen of responses included in this issue, the message of change resonated clearly — from the craft cocktail industry looking for policy change to data analytics and technology use in the transportation sector to the cultural shifts being experienced in workplace cultures and the artistic community.

    The answers surprised and informed us, and we hope you enjoy the same experience.

    Happy New Year!
    Suzanne Behnke, Business Record editor

  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 8:00 AM
    I recently lost my father, Tom Walter, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. No matter how much time you have to mentally prepare yourself for the grief, it’s not easy. Perhaps the silver lining in loss is getting to hear from all the people whose lives your loved one impacted. What stood out to me the most is how many people told me he was like a father to them, too.

  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 8:00 AM
    It has been such a gift running the Standard Manner with my business partner over the years. We often work with children, and in every etiquette course we teach, we remind the participants that "their attitude determines their altitude." After saying this so many times, I realized this statement is just as applicable to all adults as it is to youth. I also began examining what is at the "heart" of a good attitude, and the answer I uncovered is gratitude.

  • The Elbert Files: Crystal ball time for 2018
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, December 29, 2017 6:00 AM

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:00 AM
    2017 is coming to a close, 2018 is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. You know, those same resolutions you make every year that you aren’t so great at sticking with?

  • The Elbert Files: Something is amiss
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, December 22, 2017 6:00 AM

  • Monday, December 18, 2017 8:00 AM
    It’s no secret -- my strongest passion is finding an end to food insecurity. In fact, it’s now my vocation and in the last 18 months I have learned a lot about hunger. Did you know women are twice as likely as men to need food assistance during their lifetime? 


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