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Networking to Land a New Job

By: Heather Haas, August 24, 2017

As President of ADVISA, I’ve always viewed my highest point of contribution as building and optimizing a team of sharp, caring people who share a passion for leadership development and employee engagement. As a result, I take a fair amount of meetings with folks who reach out to me about joining our team and leaders who are in career transition. I recently had one such meeting and afterwards shared some advice with this individual about how to successfully network in pursuit of landing a new job. I’m sharing that advice here with the hope that others might find it timely and helpful in their professional journey.

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

By: Karen Seketa, 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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The Strategic Value of Connective Competence

By: Fredricka Joyner, 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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Building Courage, Character, and Confidence for Girls in Central Indiana [VIDEO]

By: Mark Minner, 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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Great Leaders Sharpen Their Decision-Making Skills

By: Karen Seketa, 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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