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Deconstructing Constructive Feedback

Occasionally, we all need to  give constructive feedback to others.  The problem is that many times the feedback is given poorly and the other person feels attacked or they want to run and hide.  This is the “fight or flight syndrome” that we are all familiar with.  It’s very difficult to listen and learn from feedback if you are hurt or feel you need to defend yourself.  Here are some tips to help you give feedback the right way to your employees, your boss, or even a family member.

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To the Cloud…or Stay Grounded?

Before you go “to the cloud,” you should have an understanding of what that really means. “The cloud” is nothing more than a catchy buzz-word for the various networks and servers that make up the Internet; the very same Internet that you are using to access this blog post. Continuing advancements in technology are making it easier and more practical to access almost anything (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) from anywhere (mobile devices) via “the cloud.”

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Fire Safety is No Accident

No matter how much we try to prevent accidents, the unfortunate truth is they happen.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that an average of 373,900 home structure fires occurred annually from 2005-2009.  These fires caused an annual average of:

  • 2,650 civilian fire deaths
  • 12,890 civilian fire injuries
  • $7.1 billion in direct damage

Yes, accidents do happen, but some simple preparation can help prevent injury and reduce the amount of damage.  A portable fire extinguisher is an ideal item to have on hand for putting out a small fire, or to suppress a fire until firefighters arrive.

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How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Nothing puts the brakes on a road trip faster than car trouble.  While regular maintenance by a mechanic is the best way to keep your car in top running condition, we recommend performing your own maintenance check before heading out.  Watch our video “How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip” for a demonstration of how to make sure your car is ready to cover the miles.  Take these precautions before your your next road trip and avoid those “bumps in the road!”

Metal: A Magnet for Thieves

On my way to work, I used to drive past an open lot which contained a large pile of construction debris – mostly broken pieces of concrete and bricks.  And sitting in front of that pile of debris was a very large sign advising “THEIVES NOT WELCOME!”  Childishly handwritten and misspelled, it did not appear very threatening.  In fact, with no obvious signs of security around the property, it seemed more likely to invite a curious thief to see if there might be something of value hidden in that pile.

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April Showers Bring May….Water Losses?

The old saying goes “April showers bring May flowers.”  But did you know that April showers can bring more than May flowers?  Yes, unfortunately those April showers which are so important to flower growth can also bring dreaded water losses.  Rain that exceeds the capacity of storm sewers, sump systems, bodies of water, and the ground’s ability to absorb and hold water can cause big problems for your home, resulting in significant water damage and monetary costs.

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Protecting The Investment In Your Nuptials

Are you hearing wedding bells? If so, you are no doubt in the midst of countless hours of preparation and paying out exorbitant amounts of money for this special day. But what happens if the wedding is postponed or cancelled, or if something happens to the wedding gifts? Lucky for you, there is an insurance policy to cover such things.

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