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CEO: Why I Force my Team to Travel

Stash Hotel Rewards | Posted 02.13.2017 | Home
Stash Hotel Rewards

At Stash, we don't have many strict rules, handbooks, policies or dress codes. The fact is, we haven't needed them. (Only once has someone shown up at...

Can You Find My Data Now?

Tom Garrubba | Posted 02.07.2017 | Home
Tom Garrubba

Marketing has brought many familiar catch phrases into popularly accepted lexicon, including "where's the beef?" and "do you hear me now?". However, i...

How Collaboration Makes You Amazing

Karin Volo | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Karin Volo

There's a shift happening in the global market. We see competition as the old mindset, something that is becoming obsolete. It's time to create Amazin...

Getting Recognition Wrong

Randy Pennington | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
Randy Pennington

Think back on your career. Have you ever received too much recognition for the good work you have done? Have you provided too much recognition for the...

What the "Older Generations" Are Missing About the Millennials

Randy Pennington | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home
Randy Pennington

What does a snail say when riding on the back of a tortoise? WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Besides being one of my favorite jokes ever, it also a reminder a...

CEOs: Social Media, Leadership and Putting People First

Peter Aceto | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Peter Aceto

This a reprint of my interview with THE SOCIAL C-SUITE, shared with permission. Enjoy! The Social C-Suite: Peter, you once famously said, "I would ra...

Your Greatest Competitive Advantage Today

Randy Pennington | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
Randy Pennington

There was a time when having a pretty good product or service in a market where you knew your customers and they knew you were all that it took to hav...

The Kindness Couture: What It Is And Why We Need It Now

Jennifer Lea Reynolds | Posted 11.15.2016 | Home
Jennifer Lea Reynolds

It's time to make kindness--towards others and to ourselves--the norm. It's time to turn away from greedy tendencies, negative gossip, instigating, fighting, and all other disturbing behaviors. Time to focus more on giving and receiving more joy and kindness. The Kindness Couture movement strives to keep this in mind.

The Culture Behind Leading-Edge Technology Companies

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Brian de Haaff

Take a moment and think about your team. Which colleagues are the naysayers? You know -- the people who you think of as "The Mallet" for their abil...

Tone At The Top: Culture Counts -- The Wells Fargo Saga

Tom Garrubba | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Tom Garrubba

"Tone at the Top" has become an often-quoted mantra in business circles but it appears to have shed a rather dim light when evidenced by the continuin...

Results & Relationships: Lessons from the Pool

Randy Pennington | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home
Randy Pennington

Wegmans has been called the best supermarket in the United States. Southwest Airlines has delivered a profit for 43 consecutive years. USAA is ranked...

Want a Culture of Accountability? Take a Look at Your Discipline Process

Randy Pennington | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
Randy Pennington

Engaged and accountable employees are more important than ever to your organization's success. Why would you allow a relic from decades past to be the missing link that contradicts your values? The true test of what you really believe about the importance of people and performance is your response when things go wrong.

How Engaged at Work Are You Really?

Karin Volo | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Karin Volo

How often do you hear these types of statements? Or perhaps we should ask have you EVER heard anyone saying these things?

Five Reasons Why Your Business Will Become Lethargic

Randy Pennington | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Randy Pennington

Your business didn't start out with the intent to become lethargic and ultimately irrelevant. It began with an idea that would provide a product or service that is faster, better, cheaper, or friendlier than your competitors. Sometimes that idea was an enhancement of what currently existed in the marketplace. Other times, it was a revolutionary idea that changed the world.

Does Your Corporate Culture Support the Organizational Strategy You Need?

Jason Wingard | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Jason Wingard

I've invited Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, the premium brand in the Royal Caribbean family, to speak to our graduate stud...

Stop Saying These 15 Business Buzzwords

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Brian de Haaff

I wish we could just "peel back the onion" ... but unfortunately business buzzwords are here to stay. The buzzword is a life raft for a disillusioned and disengaged worker. It is an easy escape route from a tough conversation that might actually require deep thought and carefully selected words. 

Is It Always Right to Be Right?

Randy Pennington | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Randy Pennington

The willingness to work for the best way rather than constantly needing to have your own way is a sign of commitment to the purpose and maturity. The solution isn't avoiding conflict but rather the willingness to stay at the conversation until a better solution emerges.

Slow Politics, Slow Media and Slow Teaching: Toward a More Perfect Union

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Paul Stoller

With less than two months to go in this hyperbolic and "deplorable" election season, I am burnt out. Am I alone? I have spent a great deal of time...

Why America's #1 Business Advantage is Being Ravaged by Cultural Shifts and Social Media

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 08.23.2016 | Home
Emad Rizkalla

American business is fast paced, entrepreneurial and built on rugged individualism. While many nations have business cultures that run away from risk and avoid 'breaking new ground' at all costs, US business seeks them out almost like a moth is drawn to light.

"Seoul Man" Frank Ahrens on Corporate Life in Korea

Nell Minow | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
Nell Minow

Frank Ahrens' new book Seoul Man is the witty, insightful, and touching story of making the most dramatic changes possible in just about every area of...

Are You On Top Of Your Culture?: Lessons from the Olympic Doping Scandals

Jason Wingard | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
Jason Wingard

The Summer Olympics kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I attended the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field in Eugene, Oregon, during the fir...

Serving Up Goodness In The Workplace - The World's Most Powerful (And Cost Effective) Employee Benefit

Bryan de Lottinville | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Bryan de Lottinville

As the business climate becomes more competitive, a global approach to international giving -- delivered with a local experience -- helps employees both inside and outside of headquarters feel heard and valued, while fueling their passions at work.

Clairsentience: The Link Between Feeling Too Much And Emotional Intelligence?

Erika Lynn | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Erika Lynn

By understanding how this innate ability works for regulating feelings during intense moments, we can learn how to draw boundaries before entering a place of emotional overload.

How to Create a Company Culture of Communication

Dr. Michelle Rozen | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Dr. Michelle Rozen

Do people in your company feel heard? Are leaders within the company open to new ideas? Is it acceptable for everyone within the company to come up wi...

Idiots, Explorers, and You: Improve Your Organization by Widening Your Perspective

Edward Muzio | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Edward Muzio

As an external advisor and consultant, I'm often cast in one of two roles: the blithering idiot, or the exotic explorer. Before you too hastily choose a label for me -- a prospect I don't relish, given the odds -- allow me to explain by way of a small example.