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Human Resources, Culture, Partners, Leadership

Culture, Transparency, Retention, and Happiness, Oh My!

December 9, 2016

If I had a dollar for every article, blog, or book I have read about “company culture” over the course of my career, I would be well on my way to a comfortable retirement by now. There are so many opinions about what company culture means and how it develops. Some believe culture is driven by those you hire. Others say culture exists around the mission and vision of a company. Still others define company culture as the behaviors of those in an organization and the meaning attached to those behaviors.

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Partners, Leadership

The Strategic Value of Connective Competence

August 31, 2016

“A smile relieves a heart that grieves…” – from Waiting on a Friend by the Rolling Stones

As I was standing in a long, slow line at the post office one very dreary morning last spring, I began giving myself a pep talk about appreciating the moment. As I turned around to look out the window at the pouring rain, my eyes connected with a man standing a few positions back in the line. We smiled at each other and he made a small joke about how great the May flowers would be with all of these April showers. We both laughed, and in that moment my mood was transformed from impatience to positivity.

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Video, Partners

Building Courage, Character, and Confidence for Girls in Central Indiana [VIDEO]

August 25, 2016

It’s that time again to feature a nonprofit making a difference in Indiana. This month, we invited Deborah Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, to talk about their story and how they’re making a difference in the lives of girls in Indiana. Watch the video or read the transcript below. 

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Partners, Leadership

Great Leaders Sharpen Their Decision-Making Skills

August 5, 2016

"The only reason you have a problem is that you haven't made a decision."

This is the opening line to a white paper by Gino Wickman of EOS Worldwide, titled, Decide! The One Common Denominator of All Great Leaders. In this white paper, Gino attributes the ability to make good decisions to great companies with great leaders.

It sounds so simple: Make a decision. But this is the key reason why leaders and companies fail. Analysis paralysis, overcomplicating simple decisions, debate, review, delay. It is a recipe for disaster, but it happens all the time.

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Tips for Selecting a Great Business Partner [Video]

July 27, 2016

A while back we introduced a new approach to finding a business partner, which we equated to the process of hiring a key employee. Ultimately, you want to find a partner that fits the unique needs of your company and that you can build a lasting relationship with. I sat down with Compensation Advisor Julie Bingham to talk about her past experiences with the RFP process and share a few tips to keep in mind the next time you’re searching for a new business partner. Watch the video or read the transcript below.

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