Stories written by Darla Fortner

Darla Fortner is director of human resources at Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction and a member of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association. For additional information, visit

What I learned about business on a mountain bike

We’re so fortunate to live in Western Colorado, where we have world-renowned mountain biking just out the back door. Recently presented with the opportunity to ride the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park in Utah, I just had to go. So I did what anyone my age would do. I bought my first mountain […]

Change your blame culture to a learning culture

Does your business offer a learning culture or blaming culture? To answer this question, it’s important to first understand what’s meant by the term “organizational culture.” Organizational culture can be defined as beliefs and ideas about what goals members of an organization should pursue and establishes norms about the appropriate kinds or standards of behavior […]

With preparation and training, employee reviews need not be painful

Is it that time again? I’ve often heard supervisors ask that very question when it’s time to conduct an employee performance review. I’ve yet to meet a manager — or an employee for that matter — who enjoys the formal performance review process.  If they’re so painful, then why conduct performance reviews? Because performance appraisals […]


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