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“Employees join companies but leave
managers.” So said Brigette Hyacinth,
author of “The Future of Leadership.”
She cites four types of bosses that
make employees leave a company.
l Source: linkedin.com
Orange City—the county seat of Sioux County, Iowa—is not
dying. On the contrary, it’s thriving, with a 98% high-school
graduation rate and 2% unemployment rate.
How did it buck the trend of rural population decline—
and the economic impact that goes with that?
Writing in the New Yorker, Larissa MacFarquhar said that
although the brightest rural kids are often encouraged—
even pushed—to leave their home towns for more opportunities elsewhere, Orange City never pushed. When kids went
off to school, they sometimes were drawn back. Now, a group
of town businessmen who have known one another for years
has formed the core of a group of entrepreneurs—a medi-cal-equipment CEO, a hospital CEO and a pizza restaurant
chief administrative officer among them—that embraces
change and growth.
While Orange City isn’t an “ideal place for a business”
because of its low unemployment rate—it can be hard to
find workers—these locals know the advantages that rural
life brings. While rural communities hope for a large corporation or manufacturer to move to their town and give it an
economic jolt, these entrepreneurs have shown that sometimes the best new businesses comes from those that
already know the community. l Source: newyorker.com
Orange City’s distinctive county courthouse.
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Nearly 1 million occupations will disappear by 2026, and 1.4 million Americans
will lose their jobs to technological change, according to a report by the World
Economic Forum and Boston Consulting.
“Without new skills, 41% [of the 1.4 million] will have either minuscule or no
chance of doing other work. Women may be disproportionately affected.” Those
that do find work using their current skills should expect to make $8,600 less
per year. l Source: axios.com
Travis Ballou is the new general manager (GM) at Grand Mound Cooperative
Telephone Association (Grand Mound,
Iowa). He remains GM at Wyoming
Mutual Telephone Co. (Wyoming, Iowa).
Jim Smart, GM at Bloomer Telephone
(Bloomer, Wis.), has retired. Kent Klima
(photo above) is the new GM at Bloomer.
Rob Johnstone is the interim CEO of the
Range Cos. in Montana and Wyoming,
replacing Mike Dolezal.
Bob Kraut is the new GM at Filer Mutual
Telephone (Filer, Idaho) following Steve
Cowger’s retirement last December.
Kraut previously was the chief financial
officer at the company.
Bill Colston III replaced his father, Bill
Colston, Jr., as GM of Riviera Telephone
Co. (Riviera, Texas).