Ingram's Magazine: February 2015

2015 Legal Industry Outlook

The Legal Perspective on Regional Job Growth Those who might want a panoramic view of the next Plaza lighting ceremony would do well to cozy up to the attorneys at Husch Blackwell, the hosts of this year’s Legal Industry Outlook…more

Swinging the Patent Litigation Pendulum to the Defense

Abusive patent litigation has become a major problem for CEOs and corporate counsel from America’s biggest corporations to the smallest start-ups. One of the biggest problems facing companies right now is the threat from Patent Assertion Entities, or “Patent Trolls,”…more

Some Big Questions – and Bigger Answers

Let’s throw out a few questions for sales executives to ponder: “How come people don’t call me back?” People not calling you back is not a problem—it’s a symptom. Here are some of the real reasons people don’t call you…more

Are You Ready to Move Past the Roadblocks?

A proper, pointed, precise, purposeful response can help you shorten the sales cycle. How do you respond to your customer’s words and barriers? The answer is: CAREFULLY, TRUTHFULLY, and with AUTHORITY. Whether it’s a bold statement in response to a…more

Around the Region

FEBRUARY   19 | Thursday "Graduate Assistance Fund Award Celebration"A reception celebrating the 2015 GAF recipients, the donors and the inaugural class of the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at Grand Street Café, the time to be determined.816-235-2452 | www.umkcwc.org…more

In The News: Feb 2015

Missouri Buchanan County Training Solutions StudiedIn a county with one of the state’s lowest unemployment rates—4.2 percent in December—business leaders in St. Joseph are exploring ways to provide additional work-force training, pointing to a shortage of qualified candidates in the…more

What’s With The Star’s Brownback Fetish?

In late January, as I commence writing this column, I enter “Sam Brownback” in the search function on The Kansas City Star’s Web site and review the articles or editorials on Kansas budget issues. Incredibly, 10 have been posted within…more

Life Sciences: From Research to Profits

By Dennis Boone Making its rounds through area research circles, it was a story that reflected the intellectual curiosity of local entrepreneurs, the vision of innovators, and the aspirations of bioscience executives hoping to make this a more robust center…more

Icons of Education 2015

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” —William A. Ward The late Mr. Ward, a longtime administrator at a small private college in Texas, was onto something. Inspiration, however, is rarely…more

The Grass is Always Greener… Where the Cost of Living’s Leaner

With coastal firms cutting costs by moving back-office operations here, could more legal competition be in the works? A long-cherished marketing tool for law firms in this region that compete for business nationwide is what’s generally known as the Kansas…more

The Path to Prosperity

If you’re in the business of higher-education, the numbers at first glance may be sobering: • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 25 fastest-growing occupations nationwide between now and 2020 include exactly three jobs that require more than…more

Heroes in Healthcare

Loggers. Truck drivers. Construction workers. Lots of job settings can—and occasionally do—entail life-or-death consequences. But even those cases, the worst outcomes, thankfully, are anomalies. Health care, somewhat incongruously, is a different story. The “life” part of it—the against-the-odds births, the…more

50 Missourians You Should Know

The stories of 50 Missourians You Should Know are the stuff of inspiration, no matter what their vocation. Some find fulfillment at the molecular level, advancing the cause of science in the University of Missouri system. Some find it on…more