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Finding Success in Failure: Building an Engaging Culture

June 9, 2017

It’s easy to think that bad things can’t happen to your organization when things are going well. But signs of trouble can hide themselves during periods of growth. And when left ignored, these issues can cripple a company.

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Use Your People Strategy as Your Competitive Advantage

May 12, 2017


I was flipping through some old school papers I've hung on to for far too long and found my notes from Michael Porter's book,
Competitive Advantage. If you haven't heard of Michael Porter, here's a great summary of him and the business ideas and strategies he's shared over the years. In this particular book, Porter said companies win over their competitors by being cheaper or by being different—being perceived by the customer as better or more relevant. There are no other ways.

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Three Ways to Add Life to Your Next Meeting

April 25, 2017

If you’re reading this, you’re probably walking out of a meeting, and on your way to your next one. Or given this stat, you’re in the majority of people who do other things while in a meeting. Meetings can take up most of our day, leaving little time to feel like we’re getting work done as managers. And if it feels like you’re in more and more meetings, you’re right. According to the WSJ, time spent in meetings has risen over the last decade, and is likely to continue to increase. Since meetings aren’t going away anytime soon, think about how you can make your next one better in these three ways.

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Create an Onboarding Process, Not an Event

April 20, 2017


The struggle is real when it comes to onboarding a new employee. The hiring manager wants the new hire to start the job right away, but they’ll need time to train. HR needs the right paperwork filled out, but they also want the new hire to feel engaged and inspired to work at the company.

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Four Ways to Sell Your Culture

April 4, 2017

If I asked you to think about your favorite company brands, it probably wouldn’t take long to come up with a solid list. Giants like Nike, Starbucks, and McDonald’s, among others, consistently rank at the top of the most well-known brands.

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