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  • 5 Tips for Driving Culture in Your Business
    by Alexandra Levit - October 16, 2018
    Driving culture involves reinforcing beliefs and behaviors that determine how that organization's leaders and employees interact internally and externally. Is there a formula for it? Not exactly. There are, however, certain best practices that I've learned along the way as an entrepreneur, and also by consulting two fellow business owners: Jacqueline Marrano, owner of accounting firm Marrano Solutions, and Re...
  • Your Challenge as a Leader is to Find Strength in Differences. Here's How
    by Steve Farber - October 15, 2018
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was made up only of people who are just like us, who like us, and who think exactly the way we do? Well, no. Because (1) we’d be wasting iconic truisms like “opposites attract,” and (2) it would be monumentally boring, and (3) it would be just plain un-American. Anyone in a leadership position ought to have as a goal–especially here in the U.S. with our natio...
  • Play At Work: Incorporating Fun On the Job
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 12, 2018
    For many of us, work is often characterized as “serious,” “nose-to-the-grindstone,” “no-nonsense” and “down to business.” There’s this idea that work is work and play is…well…for after work. In an INC column, Brendan Boyle, a partner at the design firm, IDEO, says play in the workplace has a “PR problem.” “Some think of play as frivolous...
  • Five Ways Your Company Can Retain Millennials and Gen Z Employees
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 10, 2018
    You’re probably already aware that millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. But while many companies have been focusing all their attention on building a millennial-friendly workplace, they may have overlooked the fact that Gen Z is the newest cohort taking the multigenerational workplace by storm — about 17 million members are now adults and entering the U.S. workforce. Gen Z is d...
  • The Future of Agile Business
    by Alexandra Levit - October 9, 2018
    Considering the pace of change in today's world, agile business—the process of making quick decisions based on the information you have and the willingness to adopt new strategies as you go along—has gone from being a competitive advantage to a necessity for many organizations. I was curious about how modern business owners view the future of agile business, so I talked with Adelaida Diaz-Roa, co-founder of...
  • Want Your Employees to Follow You? Here Are 5 Ways to Build Trust
    by Steve Farber - October 8, 2018
    People respect you. But do they trust you—and should they? That’s the question anyone should be asking, but especially those of us who are mentoring others in a quest to build future leaders. So ask yourself this question: What did you do today to deserve the trust of others? In these interesting times, there’s no big surprise that someone–the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer–is surveying Americans...
  • Your Content May Be Boring
    by Debra Wheatman - October 5, 2018
    Content. We hear about it all the time and are encouraged to produce more of it. But what is content? Simply put, content is anything that you create that communicates an idea. Content can be a blog, a white paper, a video, or an audio recording. “Content marketing” is the practice of creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain your audience. The ultimate goal is to dr...
  • Using Social Media to Engage Employees and Share Your Company Values with the World
    by Steve Farber - October 3, 2018
    72 percent say social media is meaningful in business. Here’s my four-point plan to use it to engage employees and show the world what your company values. We’re well past the time when social media is optional. You already know that and are probably looking to improve your reach and influence . . . and you’re right. Training magazine’s 2018 survey of more than 500 learning and development profession...
  • Creating an Agile Process: What Does it Take?
    by Alexandra Levit - October 2, 2018
    Many organizations pride themselves on having predictable policies and procedures that drive performance and growth. However, given the rate of change in today's business world, sometimes being inflexible can be a problem rather than a solution. Having an agile process can help. Agile processes are plans that involve advance planning and organization but also allow you to quickly change course if needed. To learn how bu...
  • Everyone Hates the Open Office. Now We Have Research to Prove Its Inefficiency.
    by Debra Wheatman - September 25, 2018
    Office space has become more and more open for the past few decades. The days when managers automatically got private offices have been replaced by cubicle culture. When cubicles initially became standard fare in offices, they were generally relegated to lower level employees. As time wore on, more senior folks found themselves staring at the three walls of their cubicles. Individual offices became scarce, premium real estate,...