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Company Culture

What Makes a Company Culture Great?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Culture. It is probably a term you hear often -- and I believe that it is one worth discussing. Clearly, we want more than just a job -- we want mor...

Making Systems Part of Your Company Culture

David Finkel | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Building systems can't be a one-person, one-time effort. It's got to be an ongoing company-wide culture of creating, using, organizing, refining, and if need be, deleting your business systems.

A Little Music Theory for Your Management

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

Teams will be as versatile and adaptable as their leadership. In some cases, strong and specific direction is called for -- allowing each person to expertly play their part while following within narrow scope and under well-timed guidance might be the best course.

A Simple Formula to Engage Your Team to Reach a Goal

David Finkel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Getting your team to buy into your company goals and culture is no simple feat. Here is an interesting example of how one California service business got its team to step up in a big way.

3 Critical Elements for Building a Phenomenal Company Culture

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 07.07.2015 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Although this is my first stab at scaling a company, I'm no stranger to leadership and teamwork. Throughout my lifetime as an athlete, I've been on all types of teams that ranged from less-skilled but fundamentally sound and hard-working, to highly-talented yet dysfunctional and toxic.

Lessons on Building Company Culture from the Chicago Blackhawks

JD Gershbein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
JD Gershbein

Winning a championship in any professional sport is a war of attrition. Getting to the top in the National Hockey League takes added resolve and finesse. An 80-game season alone takes its toll on teams.

We Were Never Their Age - An Ode to Interns and Recent Grads

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

To many companies, this time of year brings a group of interns and recent college grads into the ranks of employees. Some interns are returning from last semester or last summer while others are new.

3 Steps to Activate Your Company's Culture

Elliot Begoun | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Elliot Begoun

You cannot just talk about your company's culture or value. You must demonstrate them through action, making certain they manifest outwardly. Far too often, it is just talk.

Argue Like You're Right, Listen Like You're Wrong

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

If you want to continue to be relevant and innovative, you must be open to new ideas and to voices that improve what you already hold to be true.

JP Labrosse: Former iPod Engineer's Newest Innovation & Future Vision

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

From his earliest days, JP Labrosse says, "I've been interested in doing work that has the potential for positive impact." Labrosse was the engineering team lead for two of the early Apple iPod products.

The One Secret of Highly Successful Leaders

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Successful leaders don't hide their goals and their motives. They broadcast them. Transparency is the currency that is used to acquire trust. It's an investment that also requires you to be open to the possibility that you might be wrong.

The 6 Major Time Addictions

David Finkel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Have you ever sat there at the end of the week wondering where the time went? Here are what I consider to be the six most damaging Time Addictions that hurt entrepreneurs as they struggle to execute on their dreams and plans.

Millennials In The Workforce –- Engaging Them, Retaining Them

Patrick Thean | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Patrick Thean

As the new millennial generation becomes the majority of the workforce, it's safe to say the workforce culture is changing significantly. By 2020, mil...

Not on This Year's 'Best Companies to Work For' List? Why Not Try for Next Year's?

Robin Hardman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

Getting on the Fortune 100 Best Companies list is really hard. But clearly, it's not impossible. Even if you've never been on the list before. And as with all best companies lists, there can be rewards to just going through the application process.

Millennials At Work: They're Not Different, But Society Is

Dr. Kerry L. Schofield | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Dr. Kerry L. Schofield

The world we live in is in constant flux. Health care, insurance, lifestyle choices; the way we communicate, make purchasing decisions, choose partners -- in all these domains, there is increasing demand for greater flexibility and personalization. Nowhere is this clearer than in the modern workplace.

Timothy Stenovec

One Huge Reason For Netflix's Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 03.03.2015 | Technology

If you’re one of the many Americans toiling away at a huge corporation, here are some things you’re probably familiar with: tracking vacation days...

The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Andrew_Yang

The struggles are different and achievement means different things as time passes. The demons evolve as you grow. You can't outpace them -- but you can weaken them and make them harder to hear.

3 Success Factors to the Chief Executive Role

Terri Wallin | Posted 04.25.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

No matter what your title is, if you are a leader there are three things you can do to power-climb the executive ladder, or if you're on top, to stay there.

It's Time To Get Real: Humanize Your Brand

Meghan M. Biro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Meghan M. Biro

After many years spent consulting with leaders at software technology companies to help them attract talent, I have come to believe brand humanization holds answers on how to move business forward.

Reinforce Your Company Values Through All Five Senses

Casey Wright | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Casey Wright

Company culture is a sensory experience that works best when it is reinforced through all five senses all day long. When you commit to making your employees see, hear, smell, taste, and feel your company's values, the big stuff takes care of itself.

3 Key Business Lessons I Learned in 2014

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 03.25.2015 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

The start of a year affords us all the opportunity to reflect back on the good and bad times of the previous 365 days. What were your highs and lows? What lessons did you learn professionally? For me, 2014 was a year of re-evaluating how all of us at Nextiva communicate with one another.

Why Policies and Procedures Manuals Are Dead (and What You Should Replace Them With)

David Finkel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I've asked over 1,000 business owners these two questions at the various keynotes I give to business groups and the answers are always the same.

The Secret of Ugly Sweater Day

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 02.16.2015 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

This type of outpouring of creativity, fun and group effort is what makes a company a great culture. It's what proves the point that employees are more than the roles they fill in any company.

The 4 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

David Finkel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
David Finkel

If you're like most entrepreneurs you've learned how to hire the old-fashioned way - by painful trial and error. The problem with that (besides the cost and heartache) is that even if you've found things that work, you're likely not hiring as well as you could giving a bit of outside coaching.

4 Barriers to Scaling Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Here is a summary of the conclusions we drew about the four barriers to scaling your company -- and how you can get through and past each one. You'll notice that each of these barriers is about your mindset first, and the business only second.