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Partners, Leadership

The Path to a Life Worth Living

July 7, 2016

Have you ever read a book that changed the trajectory of your life? Sometimes it is the ideas themselves and sometimes I think it is the magical combination of encountering them at the moment when you are most ready to hear them.

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Benefits, Partners

Employee Student Loan Repayment: Considerations for Employers

May 26, 2016

Student debt is not going away any time soon and remains a major concern among college students. In fact, according to a recent survey of students by Student Loan Hero, 62.5% of respondents felt it important that a job offer including student loan repayment assistance.

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Partners

Five Steps to Selecting a Great Business Partner

May 18, 2016

Five Steps to Selecting a Great Business Partner

Imagine you’re going through the request for proposal (RFP) process. You send out a question set to a few potential partners, and then you play the waiting game until you receive the proposal submissions. Reading through them, it’s pretty straightforward as to what each company does. But who are they? How do they work?

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Culture, Partners

Dear New Employee: Do This, Not That

April 19, 2016

Within the past few years here at Element Three we’ve been growing as a marketing agency and elevating our brand to a place where some really smart, and capable people, want to come work for us. And people ask both me and our Director of Talent all the time, “What does it take to work at Element Three?”

So, if I had a chance to meet with every single person who wanted to ask me that question, what you see here is what I’d tell them.

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Partners, Leadership

Succession Planning: By Design, Not Default

April 15, 2016

I’m a teacher. I taught 6th grade language arts and social studies for six years and spent one year in curriculum and administration. In the early 90s, my colleagues and I were passionate about a book called Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggens and Jay McTighe. The authors asserted that the primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding (shocking, I know), and that the way to achieve that was to do lesson planning “backwards” – beginning with the end in mind.

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