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"Lessons from the Classroom: Managing with Bobby Knight and "Coach K". Is it better to be a feared or loved leader?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "If you believe people are fundamentally good—good meaning that they're trying to do their best, they're self-motivated, they want to perform—then your fundamental leadership style will be one way. It will be empowering them, getting obstacles out of the way, and setting high goals while maintaining standards. "If you believe people are fundamentally bad—if you believe people are constantly looking to get over and get by and won't do anything unless they're watched—then you'll tend to lead with a very transactional management style that's built primarily around rewards and punishments. Tight supervision, a controlling type of leadership style characterized by a great deal of social distance between leaders and led." Professor Scott Snook
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Sheridan, Montana gets free Internet service. Benefactor gives wireless access to downtown area
“People are going to be attracted to an up-and-coming town,” he said. “If you’re going to attract businesses to the town, you’ve got to give people the image that there’s something worth coming to.” Towns that offer free wireless Internet often get included on lists that recreational travelers use when planning their trips. Pohl is hoping some of those people will reconsider their route to Yellowstone National Park and pass through the Ruby Valley.
Montana Education Excellence
- Intellectual Entrepreneurship at the University of the Yellowstone?
Montana State University is poised to become a nationally recognized school of excellence. Success is highly probable if MSU leaders capitalize on becoming the University of the Yellowstone.
- University of Montana and Montana Tech Featured in the Princton Review's List of Best Colleges
“You can enjoy both ‘the outdoors and a great education’ at The University of Montana, a school that ‘is whatever you want it to be,’” begins the two-page profile of UM in The Princeton Review’s current edition of “The Best 361 Colleges.”
Montana Economic Development
- Backstory: Cracking the college code to help first in their family to attend college
Now, thanks to College Access Now (CAN), that's changing. Not only is Anwar on his way to college, but so are the 28 other students who participated, many becoming the first in the family to pursue higher education.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Schweitzer sees himself as “closer” - Part 5 of Missoulian.com’s 5-part series on economic development in Montana
“To be a CEO of a company called Montana my first and foremost responsibility is to keep the engine running and to accelerate the engine and to put more cargo on that load.”
- The Chippewa-Cree Tribe zeroes in on ethanol plant in Montana with $20 million in tax credits
The plant would be capable of producing 40 million gallons of ethanol a year — enough to satisfy the requirement made by the 2005 Legislature to blend most gasoline with 10 percent ethanol.
- Economist says Montana oil counties among fastest growing economies
"Based on the statewide data we do have, we are quite confident that the natural resources boom has continued in 2005 and 2006," Polzin said.
- Governor: Economic Development Tool Helping Existing MT Businesses. Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR)
“Often economic development focuses on recruitment, which is important,” said Governor Schweitzer. “But is also important to work to save existing jobs and expand existing businesses.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Student-Run Utah University Venture Fund Makes Milestone Tenth Investment in Alianza
"College students have a knack for uncovering excellent venture capital investment opportunities created by their contemporaries, like Alianza," said Jared Hutchings, founder and managing director of UVF. "They are immersed in high technology, especially communication and Internet services. Because companies like YouTube and MySpace seem to pop up out of nowhere and quickly establish new Internet-industry categories, professional private equity partners that collaborate with UVF can use students as their eyes and ears to effectively search out high-tech and consumer trends."
- How to Locate A Manufacturer
Finding prospective manufacturers for a specific product is pretty easy these days, and many gladly work with start-ups that prove they can pay their bills.
- Here's 20 Startup Ideas and $100 Million. What Are You Waiting For?
B2.0's Michael Copeland and Susanna Hammer went out and asked investors like Howard Schultz, Vinod Khosla, Steve Case, Tim Draper, Elon Musk, and Danny Rimer what startups they would like to invest in next and how much they would pony up for the right busines splan and the right team.
- Writing press releases that won't be overlooked or tossed away
Press releases are short documents used to call the attention to an event or newsworthy happening at your company. Pick your targets carefully.
- August 2006 Idaho Commerce & Labor Connections
The Idaho economy produced new jobs at the fastest pace in the nation between the second quarter of 2005 and the second quarter this year.
- Pilot program that trains Wyoming women for jobs traditionally held by men -- truck driving, welding and construction -- deserves to be continued and expanded in the Equality State.
The pilot program demonstrated that many women have the motivation and initiative to complete training in nontraditional fields. As long as the state and its private partners fund it and employers hire the graduates, the program will fulfill its goal of improving the wages and lives of the participants.
Connectivity & Communications
- Six Rules for CIO Survival
How can top IT executives avoid the really big job pitfalls?
Commuter Rail Development
- On-The-Go Technologies That Will Change Your Life
Six emerging technologies will change the world of communications by letting mobile professionals stay online and in touch
- Joke generator gives disabled kids a sense of pun
The system uses a database of word definitions, sounds and syntax to generate simple play-on-words jokes, or puns, on a chosen subject.
- TRAX planners looking toward Salt Lake downtown loops
Even before voters decide whether they want to build four more light-rail spurs from the suburbs to Salt Lake City, transit planners are thinking about what to build next: inner-city lines to help people get around downtown.
- Biodiesel debut: New bus fleet hits streets of Missoula, Montana
“When I was working on the mass-transit portion of the bill, I was thinking of Missoula,” Baucus said. “Missoula has always led the way in new, progressive, forward ways of doing things.”
- Community involvement urged at Billings Conference. "Volunteering as well as education strengthens a community."
Americans are more likely now than in the past to pack up and leave a community if they sense it's declining.
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