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Benefitting from Workgroups

Sometimes the Team Approach Can be a Better Solution.

By Thomas J. Roach

One of the ways progressive companies make their business culture more participative and collegial is through the involvement of workgroups. These can be valuable to problem-solve in areas as diverse as how to approach a permitting issue to the best way to plan a community event.

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Bank on the Appeal

The Enchantment of a Quarry Provides a Major Opportunity.
By Thomas J. Roach

Do you remember the first time you saw a quarry? I was 17 or 18 when Jani Viscomb walked me a few blocks from a friend’s house to the abandoned Richard Street quarry in Joliet, Ill. We stepped off the side of the road onto a damp dirt path. We passed the trespassing signs, pushed through the weed trees and underbrush, and suddenly a vast clearing opened up. Like a scene from Journey to the Center of the Earth, limestone cliffs and tiered platforms loomed over a primordial lake.

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Managing Public Opinion

The Best Strategy is Not to Shut It Down, but Keep It Informed.

By Thomas J. Roach

The recent events in Egypt serve to remind us of the power of public opinion. In the aggregate industry public opinion brings to mind people living in close proximity to a quarry who band together to form a Not In My Back Yard group. They make emotional arguments at zoning meetings and perform endlessly for the news media. Like Egypt’s President Mubarak, we sometimes want to control public opinion and become frustrated when we cannot.

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