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Company Culture

Why Company Perks Are Important

Quora | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business

Many perks are tax deductible for an employer but not for an individual. Health insurance and college reimbursement are examples of this. Some of these perks therefore have the effect of raising an employee's wages by $1000 while only costing the company $800.

7 Behaviors Top Business Leaders Share That Turn Up the Accountability Dial Inside Their Companies

David Finkel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Great businesses are built on teams that take full ownership of individual responsibilities. Too many businesses let people slide by partially doing ...

What Are the Best Practices to Keeping Company Culture Tight-Knit as Business Scales?

Max Yoder | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

I am not as scared this year as I was last year. I know now that we can hire effectively for both performance and culture. I know now that, as this team grows, the culture will change, but not necessarily in a negative way.

The Biggest Reasons Why Company Culture Should Matter to Your Business

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Himanshu Sareen

Company culture. It's a term that's thrown around at office parties and board room meetings alike. But something as amorphous as culture can't really have an impact on tangible business results such as improving your bottom line or helping you hire the best possible talent -- can it?

How Mentoring Will Help You Perform

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Increasingly now in the Information Age, when we want answers we can find them everywhere. Online we find expert videos, blogs, articles and white papers, and offline there are books, newsletters and magazines.

These 6 Tips Can Help Your Company Culture Survive Layoffs

Quora | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business

Companies always need to retain their top performers. When a company is struggling it is even harder to retain top performers. Here are some rules of things to do and not do when your company is falling on hard times.

The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working. I am grateful for these opportunities.

The Product Manager vs. Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.

Amazon Exposé: Why Corporate Culture Matters

Jose Costa | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Jose Costa

Last week, an exposé in the New York Times depicted the terrible culture and working conditions at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. Whether or not it is true, the company does have a major public relations issue on its hands.

Hello, Goodbye: Endings as Positive Opportunities

HopeLab | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business

Not all companies make an investment in the human side of endings -- and the results of that are easy to see. The traditional layoff process is largely a legal and transactional affair, full of practices that are well-intentioned but often leave employees feeling startled, hurt and betrayed.

Why Transparency Is Critical for Collaborators

Danny Wong | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

Average workers know little more than their own salaries and (possibly) the amount of revenue they generate. Critical financial metrics such as cost of goods sold, overhead costs and marketing spend might be lost to them.

3 Counterintuitive Paths for Charting a Course to Global Expansion

Josh Lowenthal | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Josh Lowenthal

Even if you have a massive U.S. consumer base and the world's best data analytics, you simply cannot expect consumers or businesses in new global markets to see or use your offering in the exact same way.

Basic Premise of Social Integration

Ted Rubin | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Ted Rubin

Easy for us, as advisors/"thought leaders"/speakers, to say I guess... so in my eyes the true value add opportunity here is working with companies to enable this to happen sooner rather than later.

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 09.28.2015 | 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.